Events at NLU

Students Show Creative Talents for Visual Art at NLU Art Expo

Many National Louis University students have found a way to unwind and relax that few of their fellow students or instructors know about. They have nurtured their artistic talents for the sake of their own creative expression.

The annual National Louis University student art expo, held at the Chicago and Wheeling campuses, offers an opportunity to showcase students’ artwork. Continue reading »

NLU’s Playfest Will Stage Seven Student-Written Dramas on May 11

All are welcome to attend free theater performances as students in National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program present Playfest, an afternoon of performances of their original plays.

Chicago theater lovers have had plenty of applause for previous Playfest work. For the past three years, in fact, Playfest writers have had their plays picked up and produced at theater festivals and other venues outside NLU. Continue reading »

Cancelled Event: Mayoral Candidate Lightfoot To Appear at NLU She'll speak to a town hall meeting organized by nonprofits against gender-based violence

UPDATE: This event has been canceled. Lightfoot’s campaign told organizers she had a scheduling conflict.

National Louis University students and the general public are welcome to hear Lori Lightfoot, one of two candidates in the Chicago mayoral runoff election, speak about gender-based violence at a town hall event Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

The other candidate in the mayor’s race, Toni Preckwinkle, declined an invitation to appear. Organizers say they provide all candidates the same opportunities and are not making an endorsement.

The event is being organized by four nonprofit organizations which address gender-based violence. They include Resilience, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Life Span and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. They say attendees will have the opportunity to ask the candidate questions.

The event is free, but register here. It will be held at National Louis University’s Chicago campus at 122 S. Michigan Avenue. NLU’s Office of Student Experience brought the event to NLU.

Black History Event To Feature Leaders Who Speak Truth to Power DelMarie Cobb, Maze Jackson to share historical perspective on African-American life and culture in Chicago


What can today’s students and recent alumni learn from two distinguished journalists and political strategists who have been intricately involved for nearly three decades in helping African-American political candidates gain office?

All are invited to attend the “Common Historical Challenges on Uncommon Ground” discussion event Thursday, Feb. 21 to find out. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McCormick Foundation Atrium on National Louis University’s Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

“All four of these individuals (panelists and moderators) are leaders in the Black community and they lead in different ways,” said Jacqueline Samuel, Ph.D., director of National Louis University’s Master’s in Public Administration program and an alum of NLU’s Community Psychology doctoral program.

“We want our students to see that. Some of these speakers lead with the power of the pen, or the power of the mic. Then you have the quiet leader who knows how to bring voices together and unleash the wisdom in the room, and finally, you have the soldier, out there waking up everyone and mentoring at the same time.  I am not going to say who is who– you have to come to listen to them speak to figure it out– but I guarantee you will hear some very thought-provoking discourse.”

The panelists

Delmarie Cobb. A journalist and public affairs, political consulting and media relations strategist, Cobb has owned her firm The Publicity Works since 1990. She is also the president of Deleco Communications Inc., a television production company, which produced the award-winning newsmagazine program STREET LIFE on PBS affiliates. In 2016, Cobb served as the Illinois press secretary for the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also served as a consultant to candidates Jesse Jackson, Bill Bradley and Dan Hynes.
Maze Jackson.  Jackson is a WVON radio personality, and his bio on the station’s website is as follows. “Political strategist, media personality, and urban marketing pioneer, Maze has a diverse array of experience in the worlds of business, politics and community engagement. Maze has spent over 20 years lobbying for high profile clients, creating community-based solutions and driving the discussions that shape impactful policies. Maze has been featured on ABC, CBS, The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and a variety of other high profile media outlets, and is featured weekly on WVON.”

The moderators

Deveda Francois, Ph.D. Francois is an alum of NLU’s Community Psychology doctoral program, an  NLU adjunct and subject matter expert in issues about gender, race and culture.  Her dissertation was on “From the Doll House to the White House: Black Women and their Hair and Body Images.”  She is interested in discussing how historical challenges in Chicago impact the Black community.
La’Shawn Littrice, Ph.D. Littrice is also a graduate of NLU’s Community Psychology program,  an activist and an advocate for fighting for the rights of youth. She has spoken out on the  Laquan Mc Donald case.
“When I talk to potential students they always tell me they want to be a change agent,” Samuel commented. ” Well, this is they why you start.”

How To Change the World? Students to Ask Politicians, Activists Two state legislators, two civic activists coming to answer students' questions Feb. 4

Two National Louis University students who want to change the world will facilitate a discussion with Chicago-area leaders who have taken steps to make society better. The Monday, Feb. 4 event will feature Illinois Sen. Robert Peters, a Democrat from the 13th District; Illinois Rep. Lamont J. Robinson Jr., a Democrat from the 5th District; Alex Boutros, a community organizer with the nonprofit Chicago Votes, and Karla Castilla-Morin,  manager of the Issues in Action program with the nonprofit Mikva Challenge. Continue reading »

NLU’s Reading Recovery Conference Takes Place Jan. 23-25 Event attracts hundreds of reading teachers and others to hear top speakers

Mary Ann Poparad, Ph.D., director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Descubriendo La Lectura at National Louis University, welcomed guests at a previous annual Reading Recovery conference.

More than 1,000 teachers, reading specialists and others will be attending National Louis University’s annual Illinois Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference, to be held Jan. 23-25 this year.

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based professional development model designed to ensure that the children who struggle the most with early literacy learning gain the skills they need. Continue reading »

NLU #IAmAnImmigrant Event Stands With All Who Came Here Students celebrate the many cultures which contribute to making America

By Rachel Waymel, Assistant Professor of English, Undergraduate College


National Louis University's Wheeling campus celebrates immigrants' contributions.

Students at National Louis University’s Wheeling campus celebrated the #IAmAnImmigrant day of action to honor immigrants’ cultures and contributions.

Joining with college students across the nation, National Louis University participants championed immigrants on October 24, the third annual day of action for the national #IStandWithImmigrants group.

NLU’s  Wheeling campus was filled with delicious food, music, and conversations as students, faculty and staff took part. The day of action is part of #IAmAnImmigrant’s year-long initiative to recognize and celebrate contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to the U.S. The student organization Educators Rising, an NLU chapter of the national group by the same name that focuses on preparing future educators, learned about the day of action and quickly decided to participate in the event. Continue reading »

Honor Veterans Day With NLU Activities November 5-9 Write notes to veterans, light a candle, play games, join a social event

Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 11 this year, gives us all a chance to step up and be appreciative of the hardships and sacrifices America’s military members and veterans have made for our freedoms.

All National Louis University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Nov. 5-9 activities leading up to Veterans Day, with a special welcome for student veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »

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 »