In a flourish of creativity at National Louis University, 10 students are seeing their writing shaped by actors and directors and expressed on the stage.
Three of them have written screenplays that touch on themes such as coping with adversity, struggles in relationships and trying to overcome the odds. Two others have written plays about how historical events touch people’s lives and finding strength amidst challenging circumstances. All will be presented as staged readings by actors on stage. Continue reading
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, from left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Rev. Michael Pfleger pose for a photo after greeting each other at the National Louis University panel (photo credit: James Richards IV)
By Pam DeFiglio
More jobs and fewer guns. More parenting classes and less blaming. More restorative justice and less fear and misunderstanding.
Chicagoans need to work on these and similar issues to heal the city, agreed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Rev. Michael Pfleger when they appeared on a “Restoring and Healing Communities: A Time for Peace” event panel at National Louis University Feb. 28. The event, which attracted hundreds, was part of the Applied Behavioral Sciences lecture series.
In their compelling presentations and the passionate audience discussion afterwards, the three speakers agreed that policing can somewhat reduce crime and jail programs can somewhat help inmates. But more help is needed to end the vicious cycle frequently found in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods: limited parenting skills, bare-bones schools, lack of jobs, easy access to drugs, criminal convictions and the barrier to getting hired that criminal backgrounds create. Continue reading
Three of Chicago’s top leaders, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and social justice champion Father Michael Pfleger, will join a panel discussion at National Louis University on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
They will address their experiences using restorative justice to pursue peace and civil behavior in Chicago. NLU’s Social and Behavioral Sciences, Community Psychology and Education faculty hope to raise awareness of restorative justice practices, such as peace circles, and their potential to help mitigate the effects of criminal behavior. Continue reading
Enrolling in college is an act of hope for a brighter future. It can be reassuring to prospective or newly-enrolled students, though, to hear from other students about how they landed rewarding jobs after they graduated.
To connect the dots between enrolling and reaching the point of succeeding in a good job, National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement organized an Open House Alumni Speaker Panel event on Feb. 1 at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading
Carlos Azcoitia listens to a speaker, while Ted Purinton looks over notes at the “Creating Engagement Between Schools and their Communities” event, held at NLU’s North Shore campus Nov. 4.
The vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading
If 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
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
With 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
All 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 CASwriters@nl.edu.
The staged readings will be performed at National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. as follows: Continue reading
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