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Category: Winter 2021

Communicating Gratitude

Pathways to the Professoriate When dean E. Patrick Johnson began drafting his strategic plan for the School of Communication, building a more diverse faculty emerged as an urgent priority. A vital channel for creating a more representative community can come about by identifying and empowering promising postdoctoral scholars and PhD candidates. “Finding and securing a

In Memory

Tessa Dettman (C17), a promising music theatre artist, died on August 19 at age 25. Nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role as Jo March in Brown Paper Box Company’s production of Little Women, Dettman was involved in nine productions at Northwestern, including A Midsummer Night’s Daydream, American Idiot, and Into the Woods.

Alumni Achievements

Class notes are selected from stories of alumni featured in the media as identified by the University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development and updates sent to Dialogue by mail or by email at dialogue @northwestern.edu. 2020 Tony Award nominees Northwestern was well represented among 2020’s crop of Tony nominees. They include John Logan (C83),

Faculty Focus

Chief diversity officer to have SoC appointment Following a national search, Robin R. Means Coleman last fall was named Northwestern’s vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, roles she began on February 1. “I am deeply honored to join Northwestern University,” Coleman says. “I will have the great privilege

Our Community

Professor to lead ICA Noshir Contractor, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, will become the president of the International Communication Association in May 2022. A prominent researcher of network science, computational social science, and web science, Contractor examines how social and knowledge networks form in business and healthcare settings, scientific communities, and space travel.

Message from the Dean

In African American religious culture, there is a formulaic trope known as the call story. Narratives spun by preachers about the moments in their lives when they were called to preach, call stories typically involve a crisis—a near-death experience, the loss of a loved one, a low point in one’s life—when a higher power speaks

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in SoC

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in SoC By E. Patrick Johnson Pictured: Aymar Jean Christian (right) with the OTV | Open Television team in 2019 Northwestern’s School of Communication enjoys a reputation as a global leader in the communication arts and sciences, with alumni, faculty, and students who excel at the top of their fields. Yet the

E. Patrick Johnson

E. Patrick Johnson learned early onthe power of LISTENING  By Kerry Trotter The youngest of seven children in a Hickory, North Carolina, home, Elondust Patrick Johnson found peaceful abundance in staying close to his single mother’s side. He listened to her hard-won wisdom as she laid the studious, observant foundation for his lifelong pursuit of

The Changemakers

Get acquainted with a selection of School of Communication alumni, faculty, and students who tell us in their own words how they are using art and scholarship to work toward social justice, fight racism, and establish a culture of better representation and equity both here and Northwestern and in the world beyond.