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Queertopia 2020 “New Queer and Trans Politics?” on Feb 29 – Free Registration

We are proud to announce free registration ( for the 13th annual Queertopia conference, New Queer and Trans Politics?, on February 29 (Saturday) at Kresge Centennial Hall (Northwestern Evanston campus). This year we feature four student research panels, a keynote by Kim L Hunt, Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Inductee and Executive Director of Pride Action Tank, and a screening and discussion of the film, Criminal Queers.

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But… you still have the opportunity to see the final dress rehearsal.  Tickets are free but you must register to attend.  For more information and to register for the free event, please see:

Please note: Doors open at 7:15pm // Rehearsal begins at 7:30pm. No seating in the first three rows. No late seating will be admitted.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Ethel M. Barber Theatre
30 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL   60208

***Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 SoC Teaching Awards***

Dear School of Communication Student:

I am writing to encourage you to nominate deserving faculty members in the School of Communication for two exciting awards. This is your opportunity to help us to recognize and reward faculty who have enhanced and encouraged your learning, have offered effective mentoring, and have had a positive impact on your life.

The Galbut Award is named after the Galbut family, who generously donated funds to make this award possible. This honor includes a cash award that is presented to a faculty member who has been outstanding in his or her teaching and in his or her efforts to engage students both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Clarence Simon Award identifies and rewards outstanding teachers and mentors. As many as three faculty members are recognized for outstanding teaching, one from each division of the School of Communication. The three divisions of the school are: Division I (Theatre, including Dance, and Performance Studies); Division II (Radio-Television-Film and Communication Studies); and Division III (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Each award recipient is honored with a commemorative gift and a monetary award. Eligible faculty members are those who hold tenure-track appointments. 

To nominate a faculty member for either or both of these awards, please complete the nomination form available online at:

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 21st, 2020.

Thank you for taking time to help us highlight the contributions that faculty members in the School of Communication have made toward your success as undergraduate students at Northwestern University. Please contact the Undergraduate Student Resource Center at 847-491-7214 or if you have any questions about the nomination process. 

Jeanette Ortiz

Jeanette A. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Advising
School of Communication
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Rm 5-131
Evanston, IL  60208

Applications Now Open: 2020 Summer Internship Grant Program

Applications Now Open: 2020 Summer Internship Grant Program

The Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) provides a $3000 stipend for Northwestern undergraduate students (enrolled at least through fall 2020) participating in unpaid internships this summer and offers career development support from Northwestern Career Advancement. Students do not need to have an internship secured before applying and previous SIGP recipients can reapply. Apply by Thursday, April 2, 2020.

RSVP to an information session (encouraged, but not required) in Handshake > Events | Learn more about SIGP and apply

Here is the link to your preview of Spring Quarter 2020 Classes.

Here is the link to your preview of Spring Quarter 2020 Classes. * (full searchable pdf posted below.)

Please remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listings to confirm class details. Classes are scheduled to go live on CAESAR on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The Undergraduate Advising tab at the top left of the Spotlight blog page  will take you to their email address and contact information which is listed by major.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Spring Quarter 2020 begins on Monday, Feb 17th at 8:30 am and ends Thursday, February 20th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, February 14th, 2020.  Regular Registration begins the week of February 24th, 2020.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class descriptions archive at the top of the page and contact information for all departments in the subject banner line. 

Have fun!

Student Admission Volunteer Hosts for Purple Preview

This notice is to inform you about the Purple Preview program through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Through the program, prospective students shadow current students during the school day as a way to experience classes and life at Northwestern. 

We’re looking for people like you to host prospective students! You don’t need any prior experience in admissions, you just have to be a current student willing to host a high school student from 9am-3pm. Though we host students Monday through Thursday through the academic year, there’s no minimum amount of days you need to host. 

We currently have over 200 volunteer hosts, but we are looking to expand to ensure we have host representing all six undergraduate schools.

What’s in it for you? It’s a fun and fulfilling experience to share all that Northwestern has to offer! We’ll provide you and your prospective student with meal vouchers for Norris and dining halls.

If you’re interested in being on our Listserv, simply fill out the form below. You’ll then receive an email in the coming weeks outlining hosting responsibilities and more program details. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about the program, and we hope to see you in the Visitors Center soon. 

Student Admission Volunteer Coordinators

Interest Form

ASG’S ImproveNU Pitch Competition

ImproveNU is a pitch competition that empowers students to implement their very own ideas to improve the Northwestern experience (think NU’s very own Shark Tank for students). Every one of us has had a thought or idea about how to make Northwestern a better place–whether it’s a digital application you think NU students need to have, an event you wish you could attend, or a classroom or extracurricular experience you think future Wildcats would love.

Students will work in a team of 1-4 people to develop the vision and strategy for their idea to improve the student experience. You don’t need to have a fully-developed idea to apply–all that’s needed to enter is a one-paragraph pitch. Teams will then present the idea to a number of high-level administrators from across Northwestern on Saturday, February 29 at the McCormick Foundation Center. 

Three winning teams will receive over $11,000 in cash prizes and monetary support to implement their ideas on campus sponsored by The Garage, Office of Student Affairs, and Office of the Provost. 

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17th and 18th Century Stage Costumes at the French Court A lecture by Meriem Bahri Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:00pm Kresge 1515

Meriem Bahri is a French and Tunisian costume designer praised by the press for her « gorgeous and evocative », « spectacular » and « sumptuous array of period-perfect » costumes (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, respectively). After completing a PhD in science (2010, Université de Lille), she turned definitely to her great passion for costumes when she moved to Chicago. She collaborates regularly with groups specializing in early music like the Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, and Boston Early Music Festival. 

She has also brought her designing skills to the Beethoven Festival, the Laboratory School, Wheaton College, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Balam Dance Theater, International Voices Project, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Ensemble Dal Niente, Nordic Baroque Dancers, and Opera Lafayette. Upcoming projects include designing costumes for the Royal Swedish Opera.

Meriem Bahri is also an illustrator, providing unique, custom-made drawings under the name of WERIEM.
You can also visit her website:

 The Department of French & Italian

PlanIt Purple

Dance minor applications due 1/31/2020

Dear Dance Community:

It is time to open our applications session for the Minor in Dance! Please let your friends, frenemies, classmates, and students know they are welcome to apply.

The Minor in Dance requires 6.68 units of credit in the Dance Program, and is comprised of a combination of technique and academic courses. If you have not already done so, please make sure you have spoken with Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw about your interest in the minor.

To apply for the minor, please complete the  application & petition below, and submit headshot or photograph. The deadline is Friday, January 31th, with announcements on Friday, February 7th.

Email your completed application to: Caitlin Robb  with the subject line “Last Name, Dance Minor Application” or, you may print your completed application and bring it to the front office located at 70 Arts Circle, 5th Floor, room 160. 

My winter quarter hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 31st in order to be considered for acceptance to the minor program. Once all applications are received, you will be notified of the result Friday, February 7th.

Please feel free to contact Roxane Heinze Bradshaw at or myself David Kleineick at at with any questions. 

Humanities Plunge applications now being accepted!

The Plunge is Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities FREE spring break program – a deep dive into art, theatre, architecture, history, and neighborhood culture (and food!). It’s open to all majors, all years, all schools. Applications are due Jan. 27.

Here’s the link: