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Winter Medill courses with seats for non-majors

JOUR 372-0 International Journalism: South Africa
Taught by Prof. Doug Foster
MW 10am-11:50am, Fisk 309

January 2020 marks three decades since the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. His release, and the negotiations that followed, ushered in an effort to flesh out the vision of establishing a “nonracial,” egalitarian, anti-sexist, and non-homophobic society on the southern tip of Africa. Those were ambitions clearly articulated in the Constitution promulgated in 1996 and which are, quite visibly, undergoing an extreme stress test in the context of a contracting global economy and corruption. This course covers the contemporary history of South Africa with a special focus on the role of media in one of the world’s newest constitutional democracies. Speaking directly with journalists, publishers, executive producers and media executives we’ll explore the state of independent journalism. The course is required for journalism students who have applied for the Residency Program in South Africa, but it is not limited to them. Global public health students and engineering students headed for internships and study in the country often find it useful. It’s open, as well, to any student interested in considering the steps a journalist might take in preparing herself for an international assignment. The course is also a workshop, in effect, for discussion of ethical considerations in doing journalism across lines of nationality, class, culture, language, ethnicity, race, and other considerations. 

Required Materials:
After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Douglas Foster [Liveright: 2020]- $20
What If There Were No Whites in South Africa, Ferial Haffajee [Picador Africa:2015] $20 

 

 

JOUR 383-0 Health and Science Reporting
Taught by Prof. Patti Wolter
W 9am-11:50am, Fisk 206

Health and Science Reporting teaches students both how to think about science writing and how to write about science and medicine. In this combination writing workshop and seminar we will read some of the best of the best science and health journalism; meet with expert scientists on campus; and meet the editors and writers from leading scientific journals and publications. Students will learn what makes good science writing, how to find sources, how to evaluate information and how to sort out science from pseudo-science. Assignments will include critiques of science coverage in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Web, science/health/medicine journal rewrites, news briefs, an in-depth narrative story on a science topic of students’ own choosing, and an opportunity to write live copy for a science magazine or website.   

Required Materials:
Access to laptop or other word processing equipment  

 

 

JOUR 390-0 section 24: The Vote
Taught by Prof. Jack Doppelt
Th 12pm-2:50pm

The discussion seminar course will explore the calculated efforts to ensure that political power in the U.S. stays in the hands of those in power against all demographic odds and projections. It is often said, particularly now, that the right to vote is what keeps the United States from descending into autocracy or one-party rule. Yet, the right to vote is not protected directly in the Constitution, and American history is filled with examples of successful ways for those in power, at both national and local levels, to keep and entrench their power by manipulating THE VOTE. A core purpose of the course is to brief students on how this has been done in the U.S. and to prepare them to know it when they see it and to report on it or otherwise address it. 

 Among the topics we will cover are: 

  • The Vote, the Constitution and its Amendments, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the end of the Voting Rights Act: Origins and traditions throughout the U.S. that have limited the vote to property-owning white men until the 15th Amendment in 1870; denied generations of women the right to vote until the 19th Amendment 50 years later in 1920; and ended in 2013 the Voting Rights Act protections against racial discrimination in voting that were enacted 48 years earlier in 1965. 
  • Immigration and demographics: Selective limits and bans on lawful migration into the U.S. and on naturalizations have reduced the numbers and types of people allowed to enter and stay in the country and become citizens who can vote.  
  • Voter suppression: Techniques used by states, ostensibly to address potential vote fraud, such as disqualifying felons and ex-felons from voting, poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses and other Jim Crow laws; requiring photo IDs; purging voter rolls when registered voters don’t vote in consecutive elections; using unverified crosscheck lists to create the impression of illegal duplicate voting; limiting early voting;  closing targeted polling places, all of which tend to disproportionately impact minorities, African-American communities, lower-income residents, majority-Hispanic districts, and senior citizens; and the Supreme Court decisions in Bush v. Gore (2000) and Rucho v. Common Cause (2019). 
  • Voter registration, turnout and non-voters: The predictable limits that have produced a nation in which voting tends to include only about 60% of the voting eligible population for presidential elections, about 40% for midterm elections, and about 25% in municipal elections. 
  • Census: Every ten years, the census bureau does its most intensive count of the U.S. population. The data is used to draw district boundaries for the purposes of determining Congressional and state legislative maps. One issue for this coming 2020 census is the citizenship question, which the Supreme Court recently addressed in U.S. Commerce Dept. v. New York (2019) and which we will dissect to understand the relationship between the census, demographic reality and elections to come. 
  • Redistricting, gerrymandering and the Electoral College: It is legal for politicians to draw district boundaries for partisan political purposes, but not for racial reasons. That distinction was recently reinforced in Rucho v. Common Cause (2019), with the Supreme Court deciding 5-4 that intended political fixes should continue to be legal. One consequence of political gerrymandering is it allows for those in power who draw and approve the redistricting maps to further entrench their political ideologies and parties. 
  • The Russians are coming: They came, they saw and they corrupted. Why stop now and have others, from other countries to domestic disrupters, learned the art and tricks of social media saturation? 

Each week, we will approach these recurring phenomena through four lenses:  

  • Historical: We will revisit the roots and recurrences in the evolution of voting trends and strategies. 
  • Legal: We will extract and examine the prevailing legislation, legal cases, and principles that guide or dictate election laws and results. 
  • Global: We will be mindful of how the U.S. is similar to and different from other countries. 
  • Happenin’: We will bring it all together by scoping out and analyzing current controversies to be better positioned to anticipate and fight back against brazen efforts to perpetuate power and thwart democratic representation and values. 


JOUR 390-0 section 26 Framed: Media and the Marginalized

Taught by Prof. Chris Benson
MW 11am-12:20pm, Fisk 311

Stereotypes.  Coded language.  Unconscious bias.  How do these concepts factor into the media search for truth?  How might they stand in the way of public understanding of social difference?  Clearly, the media affect the way we see one another across social boundaries established by such characteristics as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.  How do the perspectives formed by this “mediated reality” ultimately affect our decisions on public policy in such areas as political participation, equal rights and criminal justice?  These and other considerations are central to professional journalism responsibility and enlightened public choice making.  Without question, the media are vital to the effective operation of our democratic system by providing information that should be free of the kind of bias that can distort the public participation process.   

 

Through discussion of principles of media professionalism and ethics, and an examination of some of the hot topics featured in today’s headlines, this course will set a framework for recognizing and analyzing media narrative framing, as well as the representation of traditionally marginalized groups within that narrative frame.  Ultimately, we will develop a deeper appreciation of media responsibility.  Just as important, we will expand our sense of media literacy in considering a path forward—whether as professional journalists, or engaged citizens—as we navigate the challenging terrain of an increasingly diverse society, one in which we all can appreciate the value of social difference and multiple perspectives. 

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

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

https://advising.soc.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2019/11/Winter-Quarter-2020.pdf

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, November 4th, 2019.

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 http://comm.soc.northwestern.edu/src-spotlight/  will take you to their email address and contact information which is listed by major.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Winter Quarter 2020 begins on Monday, November 11th at 8:00 am and ends Thursday, November 14th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, November 8th, 2019.  Regular Registration begins the week of November 18th, 2019.

* 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. 

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Northwestern Juniors and Seniors – from all colleges and departments – consider joining IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Winter 2020… IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Tues/Thurs 3:30 -4:50

Professor Karen Smilowitz
Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

365.iems.northwestern.edu

This university-wide course in humanitarian and non-profit logistics explores the challenges and opportunities of achieving social good in the age of analytics. Students work on interdisciplinary teams on a series of case studies that range in topic from advanced technology for disaster response and preparedness to improved decision-making frameworks for community-based health care providers. To assist in the understanding of these complex settings, the course will include guest speakers from local and national organizations, including the Manager of Operations Analysis and Disaster Dispatch at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.  We will be partnering with Evanston Skokie Public School District 65 again this year.

Registration is by brief application to ensure a broad range of student backgrounds.  The application deadline is November 4th – click here:  https://mccform.wufoo.com/forms/iems-365-analytics-for-social-good-application/

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recruitment participants for study

We are recruiting participants for our interactive firefighting simulation called Project C3Fire! First you will complete a 45 minute online survey at your leisure before you come in to the ATLAS Lab to participate in our in-lab team task (2 hours) called Project C3Fire. Check available dates online:

www.bit.ly/projectc3fire

or write an e-mail to

ATLASNorthwestern@gmail.com

After half an hour of training on the C3Fire software, you will spend 90 minutes collaborating with seven other participants, managing a firefighting simulation, and answering survey questions. The C3Fire simulation is often used as a training tool for teams from military, NASA and others. You will receive a $30 gift card for the completion of the whole experiment.

The lab is located in Room 1-220 in the Frances Searle Building (2240 Campus Drive).

It is imperative that, if you commit to our study, you arrive on time because we can only conduct the study if we have a complete team of 8 people. If not all participants show up, the experiment cannot be continue. In this case you will receive a compensation of $15 for the time you spent filling out the online survey. Also, you will be able to reschedule and participate in another in-lab session to receive another $15 gift card.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to participate in this study and experience the C3Fire simulation. If you would like to participate, please fill out the form at www.bit.ly/projectc3fire or email the address below as soon as possible with the specific date/time that you would like to sign up for! Space is limited! If you are unable to participate on these dates, we are hosting a few more sessions in the future, so please also email me about additional opportunities to participate.

Eligibility: Registration is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who is enrolled in a degree seeking program or has completed a college degree.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance | Chicago Workshops

USA Workshops

Introduction to UK Conservatoire Training
27 October 2019, 10.30am – 1pm.
Location: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Studio A, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
(aimed at prospective undergraduate students)

 Transition to Professional Practice
27 October 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm.   
Location: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Studio A, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
(aimed at prospective postgraduate students)

Watch Trailer here   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGQs3XUN_lE&utm_source=Northern+School+of+Contemporary+Dance&utm_campaign=d971413853-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_open+day+2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_710af7cfb1-d971413853-95887201&mc_cid=d971413853&mc_eid=7788fb902b

To discover our courses, visit: http://www.nscd.ac.uk/study/courses/

Please note that these workshops are not auditions. If you wish to apply for a course after attending the workshop, we would welcome your submission of a remote audition; see How to Apply. As a workshop participant NSCD will waive your application/audition fee by providing you with a unique promotion code – please contact our Admissions Manager kate.kramers@nscd.ac.uk for details.

United States Federal Loans: NSCD participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme

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AUDITION NOTICE: DANCEWORKS ’20

 AUDITION NOTICE
DANCEWORKS ‘20
Audition for Northwestern’s biggest night of concert dance.
Danceworks 2020 runs March 4 – 8 2020 in the Josephine Louis Theater

 Saturday, November 16 from 1 - 3PM
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Room 201 at 1949 Campus Drive
Registration begins at 12pm

Please bring headshot or selfie photo and comfortable clothing for dancing
No dance shoes required

2020 CHOREOGRAPHERS
Nicole Clarke-Springer Artistic Director of Chicago’s Deeply  Rooted Dance Theater

Miguel Angel Gamero Ortega   Dancer/Choreographer of Mexico City’s Compañía Barro Rojo Arte Escénico

Jeff Hancock Northwestern Dance faculty

Joel Valentín-Martínez Northwestern’s Dance Program Director

 Questions? Contact Joel Valentín-Martínez j-valentin-martinez@northwestern.edu

Winter 2020… IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Winter 2020… IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Northwestern Juniors and Seniors – from all colleges and departments – consider joining IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good 

Tues/Thurs 3:30 -4:50

Professor Karen Smilowitz
Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

365.iems.northwestern.edu

This university-wide course in humanitarian and non-profit logistics explores the challenges and opportunities of achieving social good in the age of analytics. Students work on interdisciplinary teams on a series of case studies that range in topic from advanced technology for disaster response and preparedness to improved decision-making frameworks for community-based health care providers. To assist in the understanding of these complex settings, the course will include guest speakers from local and national organizations, including the Manager of Operations Analysis and Disaster Dispatch at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.  We will be partnering with Evanston Skokie Public School District 65 again this year.

Registration is by brief application to ensure a broad range of student backgrounds.  The application deadline is November 4th – click here:

https://mccform.wufoo.com/forms/iems-365-analytics-for-social-good-application/

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