Performance of Narrative Fiction Winter Quarter 2017

Want to adapt short stories and novels?  Check this out…

It is a performance-based class and the novels being read/adapted are Fitzgerald’s GREAT GATSBY, Hemingway’s THE SUN ALSO RISES, Faulkner’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, as well as an anthology of Thomas Wolfe’s short stories.

Freshman are welcome!



Study Abroad in Israel, Fall Quarter 2017

Northwestern Fall 2017 study abroad program in Tel Aviv is for students who are interested in exploring Israel’s complex social and political reality.

Study Abroad Info Session: Public Health, Social Dynamics, and Diversity in Israel – Fall Quarter 2017

Monday, November 28 | 4-5pm | Norris, Arch Room

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Find out how you can take on a vibrant urban center alongside fellow Northwestern undergrads in Fall Quarter 2017. Join program alumna Jessica Hoffen at an info session for the Public Health, Social Dynamics, and Diversity in Israel Program. We will discuss program-provided opportunities to learn about Israel’s social and political realities, explore significant religious and political landmarks, and engage with local communities.

This year, IPD has honed the program to focus more on the current realities of immigrants, minorities, and asylum seekers. Students will explore how diversity has shaped health and civil society, with four Northwestern credit courses and site visits with minority religious populations, NGOs, and health facilities.

More detailed information on courses, site visits, and excursions can all be found on the program webpage.

Various scholarships are available. The deadline for the program is February 10, 2017 – apply today!


Student Support Post-Election

After last night’s election, Campus Inclusion & Community is here to offer support for students looking to talk, process, or just be in community with others. Staff from our three offices, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Enrichment Services, and Social Justice Education, will be available in our spaces across campus to meet and support students however we can. We are located at:

The Black House – 1914 Sheridan

The Multicultural Center – 1936 Sheridan

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center – Norris, 3rd floor

Foster / Walker Complex – House 6

Scott Hall – Ground Floor

Staff will be available until 5pm today. We are also encouraging students to attend the healing space sponsored by R&SL at 6pm tonight in Parkes Hall. If you are looking for community and support, please come by.


Resources such as CAPS remain available to students after-hours. Visit their website at for more information.

Kellogg CPU Information Sessions

Dear Students,

Please join us for an information session for the Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates!

Are you…
– strong in mathematics and data analysis?Interested in…
– improving your critical thinking skills, business acumen and understanding of strategic models?

Thinking about a career in…
– business, finance, consulting, economics, non-profit, or policy development?

Meet Academic Directors Martin Lariviere and Michael Fishman, CPU Career Advisor Rachel Garson Taylor and a panel of current CPU students as they talk about the Certificate’s goals, courses, prerequisites, application process and life as a participating student. All NU Students welcome!

CPU Info Session Date:

For All NU Students

Wednesday, November 9, 2016: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Jacob Center’s, Leverone Hall Auditorium

Erika Garcia
Assistant Director, Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates847.467.4600 |

Creative Writing Opportunity for Students


We’re seeking writers who are passionate about the college experience. As a staff writer for College Magazine, you’ll capture campus life through weekly creative articles. You’ll begin with a training program to tackle active voice, show vs. tell, interviewing sources and more. Working closely with our editors, you’ll transform your writing and ultimately uncover your voice. The opportunity is 10 hours a week. It’s a volunteer, unpaid opportunity to learn and build your portfolio. It’s also an intensive, and challenging writing experience. Our graduates have gone on to careers at Mashable, Industry Dive, NBC, Seventeen Magazine, Redbook, National Geographic, Rachel Ray Magazine and Washingtonian. We welcome applicants from all majors. Previous writing experience for a college-level publication is a plus.
To Apply: Please send your resume and a writing sample to

Deadline: November 21, 2016 by 6 p.m. EST

Journalism classes open to non-Medill students

201-1 Reporting & Writing

T/Th 9:30am-1!:20am

Taught by Prof. Karen Springen

This course builds a strong foundation for all Medill classes to follow by introducing students to the essentials of accurate journalism necessary for any platform or storytelling format. This includes news judgment, news and information gathering (including sourcing, discovering and covering different kinds of news, interviewing techniques, practices of inclusion and sensitivity); constructing stories (including leads, story structure, using quotes, using data to tell a story, assessing information); editing and presentation (grammar, punctuation, AP style, voice, tone, clarity, brevity); avoiding libel and other legal pitfalls; and visual literacy and presentation. This course emphasizes the critical practices of ethical journalism and deadline reporting and writing.

Please contact Daniel MacKenzie ( for potential registration


343-0 The Googlization of America

T/Th 12:30pm-1:50pm

Taught by Prof. Owen Youngman

Led by Google, technology companies are taking a more central role in the American media landscape each and every day. In this course students use recent scholarship, news stories, magazine articles, blogs, and other reportage to understand how Google and its competitors are continuing to change journalism, the media business, and US culture. Readings, research and writing assignments, group exercises in and outside class, and guest speakers.


372-0 International Journalism: South Africa

M/W 12pm-1:50pm

Taught by Prof. Ava Greenwell

South Africa anchors the poorest continent on the globe. Its history, not to mention contemporary social upheavals, makes it a rich environment for considering the role of media, business, politics and public health in an emerging democracy. Just 25 years since the end of Apartheid, an extreme form of racial segregation and oppression, the country is in swift transition culturally, politically, and economically. This is so partly because democracy and globalization, not to mention HIV, arrived there more or less simultaneously. This course covers the contemporary history of South Africa, with a special focus on the country’s newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets. It prepares journalism students for the Residency Program, and global public health students headed for South Africa in spring, but is not limited to them. The course is designed, too, for any student interested in international reporting and/or health reporting. Assignments mimic the steps any journalist might take in preparing to cover stories across lines of geography, language, culture, race, class and ethnicity.


373-0 Investigative Journalism

M 2pm-4:50pm

Taught by Prof. Alec Klein

The president of the United States is forced to resign. Evidence of genocide is unearthed. Secret prisons are discovered. In each case, investigative reporting has played a key role, and over the years, it has proven to be one of the highest forms of journalism: shedding light on wrongdoing, exposing corruption at the highest levels and taking on powerful people and institutions that have abused their power and the disenfranchised. In this course, we will focus on an important facet of journalism: investigating potentially wrongful convictions. This class isn’t about theory; it’s about pursuing the truth about real murder cases, interviewing skittish sources in often tough neighborhoods and prisoners serving time—sometimes decades—for crimes they say they didn’t commit. Students will be introduced to a variety of investigative techniques, interviewing skills, approaches to developing sources and employing public documents and databases. Of paramount importance in this class: student safety and adhering to the highest ethical standards in journalism. This is a two-unit course in which students are expected to devote a tremendous amount of time in the field—weekdays and weekends—doing real shoe-leather journalism, knocking on doors, digging for information and determining whether there has been a miscarriage of justice. Keep in mind: Investigative reporting is hard. Expect to confront roadblocks. Anticipate spinning your wheels. There will be frustrations and setbacks. And along the way, hopefully, you will learn to think like an investigative reporter, you will learn by doing and you will do it by the most honorable methods and, so, come closer to discovering the truth—whatever that truth is. For more information, please see The Medill Justice Project, which supports this class, at Registration Requirements Registration is by application and permission of the instructor only. Junior standing; instructor consent


383-0 Health & Science Reporting

Friday, 10am-12:50pm

Taught by Prof. Patti Wolter

Health and Science Reporting teaches students both how to think about science writing and how to write about science and medicine. In this combination writing workshop and seminar we will read some of the best of the best science and health journalism; meet with expert scientists on campus; and meet the editors and writers from leading scientific journals and publications. Students will learn what makes good science writing, how to find sources, how to evaluate information and how to sort out science from pseudo-science. Assignments will include student debates, critiques of science coverage in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Web, science/health/medicine journal rewrites, news briefs, an in-depth narrative story on a science topic of students’ own choosing, and an opportunity to write live copy for a science magazine or website.


390-0 Sports Commentary

T 9am-11:50am

Taught by Prof. J. A. Adande

The goal for each student in this course is to develop a distinctive voice that stands out from the cacophony of opinions in the sporting world, to create commentary that is informative, thought-provoking and entertaining and to adapt those messages for delivery across multiple media platforms: the written word, television, radio, podcasts and social media.

Sports are more than just home runs and touchdowns. Collectively, they’re part of a $200 billion industry. And within this realm all of the elements of our society are displayed: heroism and failure, racial harmony and discrimination, drugs, religion and crime. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of and capable of weighing in on all current issues, not just the latest sports results.

Students will learn to coalesce their observations, opinions and experiences into compelling arguments that reflect the essence of the sports column: “I’m right, and this is why.”

Northwestern Hillel is proud to present Joshua Malina…

Are you a #Gladiator? Do you Walk and Talk everywhere? Do you end every conversation with What’s Next? Do you just love politics or TV?

Northwestern Hillel is proud to present Joshua Malina, star of Scandal, The West Wing and Sports Night in Cahn Auditorium this Tuesday at 7PM. Free tickets are available on NBO

Come hear Joshua talk to Northwestern’s own Harry Wood about his career in Hollywood, Jewish identity and thoughts on this year’s election.



Here is your preview of Winter Quarter 2017 Classes. *

Remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listings to confirm class details. Classes are scheduled to go live on CAESAR on Monday, October 31, 2016.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The Undergraduate Advising tab at the top right of the Spotlight blog page  will take you to their email address and contact information which is listed by major.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 begins on Monday, November 7th and ends Thursday, November 10th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, November 4th, 2016.  Regular Registration begins the week of November 14th, 2016.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class descriptions archive at the top of the page and contact information for all departments in the subject banner line.

Apply for Leadership Coaching today!

Northwestern students don’t wait for things to come their way; they take opportunities and push themselves forward. Here at the Center for Leadership, we encourage and support student leaders through a variety of programs and courses. One such program, Leadership Coaching, is available to students like you in Winter Quarter. Our Leadership Coaching program pairs student leaders with trained coaches who are dedicated to hearing you out and providing you with feedback. In 6 one-hour sessions in a single quarter, you can work one-on-one through issues such as improving team communication, defining your own leadership strengths, and creating your leadership narrative. Apply today and start leading your own Northwestern Direction.