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Love Writing? Meet Writers, Get Inspiration and Cake at MOSAIC Party Oct. 24 Authors, writers from Tribune and Sun-Times will share tips

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-4-33-02-pmIf you are a writer, you know the most important reason for eating cake: to allow a few more minutes of procrastination while you stare at a blank screen.

Beat that procrastination problem Monday evening, Oct. 24, at the MOSAIC Writers’ Party at National Louis University’s Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. You’ll get so much inspiration from four well-known writers that you won’t need excuses to start writing that first paragraph. Continue reading »

Learning How Domestic Violence Victims Feel Students take part in 'In Her Shoes' Domestic Violence Experiential Training

My name is Roz, and I’m married to Marty. We have two kids. He gets mad, picks fights over my cooking, criticizes me and starts hitting me. He has broken my nose, and one time he broke my rib, too. But this last fight we had was the last straw, and I’ve had it. I want to leave him.


An NLU student playing the role of a domestic violence victim tries to decide what her next step should be. Her teammates can talk to her, but she has to carry her own suitcase and “children,” in the form of stuffed animals.

On a quiet Thursday morning at NLU’s Chicago campus, Criminal Justice student Gelissa Nealon is playing Roz’s role during an experiential training exercise called “In Her Shoes.” Advocates for domestic violence victims in Washington state developed the training, and based it on the experiences of real people. Continue reading »

New to National Louis: Inclusive U Written by Courtney Brinson, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_318054821With the fall term off to a great start, an excellent way for students to develop themselves as well as contribute to the development of our University learning community is through Inclusive U! Inclusive U is a program designed to engage students, staff, and faculty in unique professional development opportunities geared towards improving skills and knowledge around inclusivity and positive civic engagement. Continue reading »

Enjoy Free Theater At Summer Playfest, Featuring NLU Playwrights Writers from the M.S. in Written Communication program present their plays

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.10.03 AMAll are welcome to enjoy the dramatic talents of five National Louis University playwrights at Summer Playfest on Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. The writers are students in NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication program. You can choose to attend some or all of these works, presented for free, but please RSVP to

The staged readings will be performed at National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. as follows:   Continue reading »

Learn From Famous Writers at Writers’ Week Attend July 16 or 23 events or both; you can earn NLU credit


James Sherman, from left, Rick Kogan, Dawn Turner Trice and Fern Schumer Chapman.

Wouldn’t it be great to engage with notable authors, playwrights and journalists and reap their advice on how to improve your writing?

Writers can take part in this rare opportunity on Saturday July 16 and/or Saturday July 23, as National Louis University presents its Writers’ Week workshops, sponsored by the M.S. in Written Communications program. Rick Kogan, famed Chicago Tribune entertainment writer and radio personality, and James Sherman, one of Chicago’s most successful playwrights who teaches playwrighting at Second City, will work with writer-participants on July 16.

The following week, Dawn Turner Trice, an author, former Chicago Tribune columnist and Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, as well as Fern Schumer Chapman, journalist for Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal and author of “Motherland,” chosen as a Barnes & Noble selection, will present and engage writers about their writing. Continue reading »

Pioneer, Reach Awards Presented at Elegant NLU Event Speakers inspired attendees at gala fundraiser



Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.

NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.

As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.


Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.

“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading »

Commencement Speakers Offer Inspiring Stories One survived a refugee camp to enter Harvard; one fights to help children

Two speakers with powerful stories will address NLU graduates at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 12.

color72dpi2Mawi Asgedom, who survived war in Africa, a refugee camp and personal tragedy, persevered and graduated from Harvard University.  He is an author and inspirational speaker, motivating students to leadership and success. He will speak at NLU’s National College of Education Commencement.

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Conference Uses Law, Arts, To Reframe and Seek End to Racial Injustice Acts by public authorities examined as torture, genocide for Americans of color

160408-racial-justice-conference-017A diverse group of musicians, Harvard Law School students, artists, academics and activists came together April 8-9 to take a long, hard look at racial injustice at the “Racial Injustice: Terror, Torture, and Trauma/Collaboration, Resistance, and Liberation” conference held at NLU.

Manifestations of racial injustice, such as police beatings, police shootings and outsized  incarceration rates for people of color,  are viewed as routine by many Americans, if they think of them at all. But conference participants sought to declare they are not “normal” and to reframe them as torture and genocide.

A team of Harvard Law School students discussed the definition of torture and said some of the human rights injustices forced on people of color by public authorities meets the definition. Continue reading »

International Women’s Day Event To Feature Experts From Around Globe NLU celebrates In conjunction with United Nations Women’s ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030, Step It Up for Gender Equality’ campaign


UNWB20logoen gifWomen’s advocates from Australia, Africa, Pakistan and various U.S. locations will participate in an event heralding International Women’s Day, and encouraging women’s further progress on gender equality, on March 8 at National Louis University.

The event, which organizers are excited to initiate in Chicago and hope to make an annual observance, aligns with the United Nations’ urging of women’s equality first declared at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995.

Reflecting UN Women’s 2016 tagline of “Planet 50-50 by 2013, Step It Up for Gender Equality,” speakers will touch on three areas in which UN findings say more work is needed to get women to 50-50 equality: education, business/career and decision-making. Continue reading »

NLU President Explores Tech Learning at Educelerate Megahed moderates keynote panel at conference



Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.

How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?

National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading »