By Dawn Barreto-Brown
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.
A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.
That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.
Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. 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