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New Playwriting Initiative

The School of Communication has announced new partnerships with area high schools to introduce our innovative playwriting curriculum to a younger, broader audience — and to recruit a wider array of students to both our NHSI summer program and the University.

EPICS Speed-Networking

School of Communication students participated in a speedy meet-and-greet with Chicago-based entertainment luminaries. Industry leaders specializing in writing, directing, producing, and distribution for major network shows and film initiatives lent their knowledge to undergraduates and graduate students keen on entering the field. The upshot? Right now, Chicago is a great place to be working in entertainment.

Success in Music and Tech

Drummer and founding member of the band Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, spoke to Northwestern students on Nov. 1 about hard work, his life in music, and moving into a new career. Chamberlin visited campus as part of the EPICS Connections Speaker Series.

New Credit Requirements

The four-class quarter just became optional. The School of Communication announced that is has reduced the number of course credits required of undergraduates to earn a degree, effective immediately. The change was made in response to students’ reported levels of stress, an increase in their interdisciplinary learning, and the desire for more curricular exploration. Majors within the school now have to fulfill 42 credits to earn a bachelor’s of arts or science degree, down from 45.

Showrunner Alumnus visits

Emmy-nominated showrunner David Hollander returned to campus to speak with graduate writing students about collaborating on scripts, finding an authentic voice, and landing that big break. Hollander, a class of 1990 alumnus, is the multi-talented force behind Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

EPICS Connection Speakers

Northwestern alumni Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo returned to campus to speak to students about careers in television writing — and how the climate to do exciting work has never been better.

Meet the New Faculty

Experts and researchers across School of Communication disciplines have joined the Northwestern Community this fall. Please join us in welcoming them.

Autism and Employment

Molly Losh, professor and researcher in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has worked to decode communication challenges in individuals with autism. Now she counts advocacy as part of this work, specifically in helping adults with autism find meaningful employment.

Debate Reunion 2016

Esteemed alumni returned to campus in September to take part in the inaugural induction ceremony for the Northwestern Debate Society Hall of Achievement. The event was part of a series of reunion events that weekend that included a reception, a debate presentation, football game and tailgate party, and dinner.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Emmy Record

The legendary School of Communication alumna made Emmy history Sunday night with a record-breaking sixth lead actress win.

Emoji Assumptions

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“Nerd Face” emoji? For professors? Ouch. Brent Hecht, a new addition to our Department of Communication Studies, enlightens The Chronicle of Higher Education on the hows and whys of its provenance.

New School of Communication Facilities

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts is expanding, thanks to 8,000 square feet of upgrades and additions to its theatrical facilities. Moreover, a new soundstage in John J. Louis Hall is elevating the study of sound and its creative applications for our undergraduate and graduate students.

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