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Arts in the Dark Parade Steps off Saturday; You Can March or Watch The parade begins at 6 pm at State and Wacker, travels south on State Street

National Louis University will participate for the first time in Chicago’s Arts in the Dark parade  Saturday at 6 p.m. on State Street.

NLU students, faculty and staff are invited to watch or march with the University’s contingent as the parade moves south from Wacker (north of the Chicago Theatre) to Van Buren (near the Harold Washington Library).  Continue reading »

Narrative Medicine Workshop To Feature NLU’s Joanne Koch Technique helps patients to feel understood, doctors to understand

Narrative Medicine for Medical Professionals graphic.

Patients in healthcare settings sometimes feel that medical professionals aren’t fully understanding them and the challenges they are battling. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, on the other hand, may face the challenges of having to treat many patients in a limited time period.

The concept of narrative medicine has arisen in the past few years to bridge this gap. Writing stories can help patients and medical professionals, enhance communication and set the stage for finding meaning. Continue reading »

Butterfly Celebration Keeps Relationship With Latino Group Aloft NLU and El Valor have had a partnership to train leaders since 2009

In many world cultures,  butterflies are a source of inspiration and delight. Because local butterflies migrate to Mexico in winter and then return to Chicago, they make a fitting symbol for the immigrant journey of many clients at  El Valor Cantu Family and Childcare Center, a Latino-based organization working to improve communities. And because National Louis University has had a partnership with El Valor since 2009, several NLU faculty and staff attended El Valor’s monarch butterfly event on Sept. 12. Continue reading »

Tribune’s Mary Schmich, Pulitzer Winner, Tells Writers Her Muse Joanne Koch, Ph.D., interviews Schmich during M.S. in Written Communication annual talk

By Dawn Barreto-Brown

Mary Schmich.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich came to National Louis University to speak to writers. It was part of NLU’s Pulitzer Prize series.

On a recent spring evening, students, alumni and admirers of Mary Schmich gathered at National Louis University’s Chicago campus to hear the Chicago Tribune columnist and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner share humor and insight.

“I am one of those people who always think that nobody is going to come listen to me,” said Schmich. “Thanks for proving me wrong.” Continue reading »

Starring Live Onstage: NLU’s Reiter Lights Up Chicago Theater Scene She won a prestigious Jefferson Award as Rose Kennedy in one-woman show

NLU’s Linda Reiter is getting rave reviews for her performance as Rose Kennedy in the stage production of “Rose,” which runs through March 11 at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park.  A critically-praised Chicago actress and audience favorite, Reiter won the prestigious 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for best solo performance.

Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones named Reiter’s performance in the 2016 production of “Rose” as one of his “Top 10 Stage Performances of 2016.”  The current production is a remount of that show. Continue reading »

Distinguished Academic, Activist to Speak on Racism, Denial in Trump Years

All are invited to a talk and engaged audience discussion with Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt, Ph.D., an academic, activist, former government consultant, administrator and advisor to late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and other prominent leaders.

The event, “Racism and Denial in the Trump Years,” is sponsored by National Louis University’s Civic Engagement Center, in conjunction with the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, National College of Education,  Master of Public Administration program and Student Experience. It will take place Thursday,  February 15th  from 4 to 6 pm in the Atrium at the Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Prof Lems Writing Musical About Her Family’s History With Jane Addams, Early Chicago After researching the history, she's performing the music from it around town

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., National Louis University professor of ESL and bilingual education, is writing a musical about her family’s history with legendary Chicago social reformer Jane Addams and her Hull House settlement house.

The sepia-toned photo shows a young woman with the characteristic bobbed, wavy hair of the 1920s holding a baby. Look closely, and you’ll see the baby is wearing a sweater.

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., professor of ESL and bilingual education at National Louis University, notes with awe that legendary Chicago social reform pioneer Jane Addams knitted the sweater for the baby, who is Lems’ mother, Carol Lems-Dworkin, now 93. Continue reading »

Congress Candidate, Senate Official To Highlight Immigration Forum Dec. 7

Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Clarisol Duque, director of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s Chicago office, will be among the community leaders speaking at National Louis University’s Immigration Policy Forum on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium on NLU’s Chicago Campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Garcia, who is also a Cook County commissioner, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez for the Congressional seat Gutierrez is vacating. Continue reading »

NLU Veterans Volunteer at Shedd Aquarium’s Veterans Garden

Stacey Dixon, Ed.D., NLU Veterans and Military Program coordinator, from left, Steve Curda, Ph.D.,Special Advisor to the President for Veteran and Military Education and student veteran Thomas Lopez joined in the volunteering at the Shedd veterans garden.

The Shedd Aquarium established a Veterans Garden to honor Chicago-area veterans in the fall of 2015, and veterans, Gold Star mothers and other volunteers have been working since then to cultivate it.

On Nov. 16, NLU’s Veteran Resource Center (VRC) staff, student veterans, and other volunteers joined together for a day of service to prepare the garden for its winter rest. Continue reading »

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Leaders Graduate at NLU Nonprofit professionals completed course at NLU

Seventeen Chicago-area non-profit professionals came together June 8 at National Louis University to celebrate their graduation from the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Nonprofit Leadership Program.

NLU and HACE partnered to develop the curriculum for and present the program, which is designed to develop leadership and professional skills in emerging non-profit leaders. Continue reading »