The Illinois Press Association has named alumnus Chris Coates ’04 Editor of the Year. Coates earned his BA in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is currently the Central Illinois Editor at Lee Enterprises.
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson, Artist/Director of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia College of Chicago, is among the advisory committee reviewing the City’s current public art inventory to identify and prioritize artworks that may be problematic. The resulting report will recommend next steps for the existing collection as well as processes for the city’s commission of monuments moving forward, which will include speculative proposals by committee artists.
Columbia College Chicago cultural studies professor Rich King (Redskins: Insult and Brand) joins the podcast to discuss the roots and long-simmering backstory of the Washington NFL football franchise's problematic - and now former - nickname.
Columbia student Cherita Chavers, of Fashion Studies and Visual Arts Management, starts a clothing boutique called Beauty Marked Vintage, inspired by nature, romance, summer flings, simpler times, and her grandmother.
Associate Professor Sam Weller is out with a new collection of short stories called Dark Black. Weller is also the official biographer of the late, great author Ray Bradbury he would have turned 100 this week.
Sam Weller, perhaps best known for his biographical work of author Ray Bradbury, has published his own collection of 20 nightmarish tales. Weller has said this book was inspired by Bradbury's The October Country as well as such television shows as Black Mirror and American Horror Story and it shows. The work, which is accompanied by artwork by Dan Grzeca, is unsettling and at times supernatural, though firmly grounded in the realities of modern living. Weller is a faculty member in the creative writing program at Columbia College Chicago. (Hat and Beard, 254 pages, $27.95)
Columbia alum Deon Bonaparte is named one of the top Black entrepreneurs to follow this Summer by Yahoo Finance for his work startig NDVU + LAB Brand Consultancy Agency, and scaling revenue to over $15,000 per month within the first 35 days of opening.
The City of Chicago's Artist Billboards Project features 20 artist-designed #COVID19 PSA billboards, presented by the Chicago Mayor's Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, led by the inimitable artist Amanda Williams (AW Originals), made possible by Clear Channel Outdoor, and located in neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team presents Artist Billboards Project: 20+ artist-designed PSA billboards for communities most impacted by COVID-19, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, led by artist Amanda Williams, made possible by Clear Channel Outdoor.
Columbia College faculty Joel Corelitz on working in the industry and teaching music composition for video-games--and being a part of a music composition program ranked third in the world by Hollywood Reporter in 2019.
Columbia College Chicago alum Brad Kemp, a graduate of the Columbia College Music Department‘s Bachelor of Music Composition program who also took courses in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre program, is preparing to release "LETTERS," a concept album produced by Kemp featuring 11 songs, each written and performed by a different artist.
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) has announced that Rockey Structures, LLC has been selected as finalists in the 2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards for its work on Columbia College Chicago's Student Center.
The Illinois Film Office, in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival and Full Spectrum Features, recently announced that the winner of the Shortcuts Short Film Contest and the $500 first prize is “Fear,” written and directed by Marjorie Matamoros, a freshman Film major at Columbia College Chicago.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and mandatory shut down of events and non essential business in the city of Chicago, CCFF has announced their plan to launch an online virtual festival May 11th-16th at their website chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com
Jim DeRogatis, the longtime Chicago music critic, crusading reporter, author and broadcaster, and Clarence Waldron, former senior writer and senior editor of Jet Magazine, have been named recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Chicago Headline Club.
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago alumni Mariterese Altosino and Jacob Buergerand Dance Center student Hanna Swartz are company members of New Dances 2020, an incubation program for new work featuring emerging talent co-produced by Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago. Participating choreographers include current Dance Center student Peyton Winker. Video includes an interview with Winkler.
Congratulations to the alumni and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, the Columbia College Chicago Music Department, and the Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Department who have been nominated for 2020 Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago’s top theatre award.
Wearing face masks has become the new normal for daily living - and it will continue to be as more states begin to loosen social distancing restrictions to reopen their economies. It's a challenge not lost on the deaf community. "In American Sign Language, the grammar of the language exists in facial expression," said Peter Cook, chair of the Department of American Sign Language at Columbia College Chicago.
Not only are these film schools and their faculty prepping their students for successful careers in the entertainment biz, but they are guiding them with structure and encouragement and artistic expertise through one of the most turbulent eras in modern-day society.
Mary Gring, originally from South Bend, Indiana, is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary art and media MFA from Columbia College Chicago where her oeuvre in performance, video, projection, and sculpture focuses on health, illness, and self-care.
Columbia College Chicago’s fashion studies students are also answering the call for PPE with the recent launch of #ColumbiaMakesMasks, which aims to create 2,000 cotton covers for N95 masks “to prolong the usable life of personal protective equipment for healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 crisis,” according to a statement on the college’s website.
During her red carpet interview with ChicagoNow.com The Art of New Media, Martin Chase, a Chicago native and a former Advisory Board Member at Columbia College of Chicago, expressed endearment for her home town.
Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at three schools in Chicago: DePaul University, Chicago Booth, and Columbia College Chicago. Each school is implementing measures to prevent the spread, including self-isolation and remote learning.
Dominic A. Pacyga can recall dates and spell names with the precision of a savant. He’s received writing awards for his many books on Chicago history, including four published by the University of Chicago Press and other titles by other university publishers.
The nonprofit consortium that acquired Johnson Publishing Co.’s photo archive for $30 million at auction has named an advisory council to oversee curation and programming around the historic collection here in its hometown before it’s turned over to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The nonprofit consortium that acquired the archive of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony, Jet and other iconic publications, today announced an Advisory Council that will inform the preservation and future use of the historic photographic collection to ensure the archive is made available for broad public use.
The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER! is a merciless yet loving tribute to theater as seen through the eyes of three theater historians who also happen to be unreliable ghosts! Not a spoiler alert. They literally tell you that in the first minute of the show.
Animator, director, producer and screenwriter of works such as Primal, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory Genndy Tartakovsky was at C2E2 2020 over the weekend for a special spotlight panel. The creator talked through his start in Chicago at Columbia College and into the creation of some of his landmark series.
Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln may best be known for spitting bars, but he’s also a wizard with the mixing board. Growing up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, he cut his teeth on GarageBand and made mixtapes with friends before getting his BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago.
Michelle Duster is an award-winning author, speaker, historian and writing professor at Columbia College in Chicago. She is the great-granddaughter of prominent journalist, abolitionist and feminist Ida B. Wells.
INseparable Film Tour: Gary on March 6 at Indiana University Northwest’s Bergland Auditorium not only screens “Larry from Gary” but also features creatives involved with the doc, including Dan Rybicky, the film's director and cinema and television arts associate professor at Columbia.
All films are shown in their original language with English subtitles. Post-screenings discussion will be led by Ron Falzone, Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago or by Mark Schilling, senior film critic of Japan Times or Sophia Wong Boccio, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Founder and Executive Director.
The Chicago Comedy Film Festival will begin March 19th 2020 at 6 p.m. and will continue until March 22 at 10 p.m. Screenings will be held at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605.
To conclude its 2019-20 season, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of choreographer Abby Zbikowski and her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, in their athletic, multi-genre-influenced work Radioactive Practice April 9-11 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
With the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s (MoCP) annual benefit, DARKROOM, quickly approaching; it’s time to grab your tickets to a fun-filled night that supports the arts and MoCP. Guests of the event will have a night full of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, stunning photography and even an auction. All proceeds of the event will go to supporting MoCP exhibitions, public programs and community engagement initiatives.
Nigerian choreographer/dancer Qudus Onikeku makes his U.S. debut, accompanied by Uruguayan artist Fernando Velazquez and musicians, with his work Spirit Child March 13 and 14, presented by the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 2020-21 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Jerome Lawrence andRobert E. Lee's drama Inherit the Wind, directed by Ian Frank. This timeless American epic takes a microscope to the way societies and individuals alike define and defend their versions of truth.
NC State University Poole College of Management’s Heather Dretsch, assistant professor of marketing in the business management department, and colleague Colbey Reid, professor and department of fashion studies chairperson at Columbia College Chicago have recently conducted research into brand secrets and the ways brands can most effectively design them.
As part of the Dedmon lecture series, Drnaso started his afternoon craft talk by discussing the beginnings of his career—his education at Columbia College Chicago and the various janitorial jobs during which he began developing his muted, bleak style.
On a drizzly morning, Jesse Malmed, Chicago artist, teacher and the sole curator of Western Pole, carried its latest exhibition in a tote bag. His pockets were stuffed with zip ties. The work was by Canadian artist Jessica Campbell, whose most recent solo show was just last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art. As with that MCA show, the work is a rug; Campbell has sewn “FREE” in big red letters against a canary yellow backdrop.
On Wednesday, Kimberly Bartosik’s daughter will fly on an airplane by herself for the first time. Dahlia Bartosik-Murray, an 8th grader at the New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., is part of the original cast of Bartosik’s evening-length work called “I Hunger for You,” running Thursday through Saturday at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.
Broadway In Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Quiet Water Entertainment have announced that GOSHEN, featuring dancers and singers performing to music by GRAMMY Award winner Donald Lawrence, will play Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) for a limited engagement from May 22 - 31, 2020.
The 2018 recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz, Bobbi Wilsyn, has been cultivated by the years spent as the featured Jazz/Blues vocalist with The Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
I reached out to Tom Fraterrigo, a Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts. Fraterrigo has a list of credentials a mile long, so I was very fortunate when he called late Wednesday afternoon to provide a few thoughts on the subject.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, long committed to offering Chicago’s small and mid-sized contemporary dance companies opportunities for artistic development and performance, announces the first Richard H. Driehaus Commissioned Artist: Lucky Plush Productions.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is presenting In Real Life from January 16 – March 29, 2019. As the powerful technology behind artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated, machines have developed the capacity to not only capture images but to “see” them as well.
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin will be honored with The Luminary Award at the ICONS Gala celebrating 25 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago, Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St.
Queer|Art, New York City's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant For Queer Women(+) Dance Artists, Hollerin Space.
Logan Center Exhibitions is pleased to present The years now, an exhibition of sculpture, photography, and sound by the acclaimed multimedia artist and Chicago native Harold Mendez, which will be on view January 24–March 8, 2020.
Natasha Parker worked for HBO, a subsidiary of Time Warner and Warner Media. The Columbia College Chicago graduate worked as a production manager for HBO in the creative marketing production department.
He taught for 15 years at his alma mater, Columbia College Chicago, and in 1992 published a comic novel, “Cooler by the Lake,” that received lukewarm reviews. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and studied Vietnamese folklore on a Fulbright fellowship in Hue, Vietnam.
The festival, which will be held at Columbia College Chicago—and make use of its high-quality cinema facilities—aims not just to screen the inspiring work of underwater filmmakers, but also provide a platform for enlightening presentations and discussions centered around film, photography, and ocean sustainability.
"Troy was the epitome of a Chicagoan," said longtime friend Byrd Bardot. "He was known and loved from the North Side, West Side, East Side, and the South Side. Troy was true 'club royalty'. He made the entire city his playground and gave love to everyone he came across; especially on the dance floor and will be greatly missed by myself and everyone else who knew him."
Jim DeRogatis is the music critic and author who broke the R. Kelly story in 2000. The first of three installments of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning airing tonight, January 2, 2020, but DeRogatis has been covering the R. Kelly story for as long as it has been public.
When the Illinois stay-at-home order was issued and virtual dance classes flooded social media livestreams, Red Clay Dance Company held back, taking time to reflect on what online dance classes could accomplish.
Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood will be on display during the Bronzeville Film Festival. It's a part of ComEd's Community of the Future Initiative, which includes different programs aimed at uplifting and sustaining neighborhoods like Bronzeville. Columbia College Chicago students entered and won the festival with a film called "SOLEFUL."
Marissa Jo Cerar '02 has her limited series, "Women of the Movement," set to premier on ABC in 2021. This six-part series focuses on the life of Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmitt Till, who dedicated years of her life to seeking justice for her son.
Emmy award-winning producer Lena Waithe will be honored with the Creative Impact in Producing Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival as part of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch brunch, presented by AT&T.
Dinello, a journalist and filmmaker who has written two other books and contributed chapters to several others, is a professor emeritus at Columbia College Chicago, where he taught in the film and video department for 33 years.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, long committed to offering Chicago's small and mid-sized contemporary dance companies opportunities for artistic development and performance, announces the first Richard H. Driehaus Commissioned Artist: Lucky Plush Productions.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications will host a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 on the second installment of the Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly Part ll: The Reckoning.
Neo-Futurists associate director and Theatre faculty member Jen Ellison helped create the new play Tangles & Plaques, which “demystifies dementia and memory care” and runs through August 16 at Theater on the Lake.
Journalism alum and longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell ’91 HDR ’19 announced she will scale back her workload as a writer and editorial board consultant for the newspaper moving forward.
Communication Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence, who brought his class to the Defender offices, is interviewed on-camera on the importance and legacy of the Chicago Defender, which printed its final issue yesterday. Additional coverage: ABC 7 (Video)
Art and Design alum Amber Favorite ’98, who co-owns the popular letterpress print shop A. Favorite, discusses the shop’s successful Kickstarter funding round and their move to a new storefront in Albany Park.
The new “Silver Screen To Mainstream: American Fashion in the 2910s and ‘40s” exhibition, curated by Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven, is on display now at the Chicago History Museum.
Columbia was selected as the recipient of a $50,000 donation to create an endowed scholarship fund for the School of Fine and Performing Arts in memory of longtime Paradigm Talent Agency executive Chip Hooper. More coverage at Pollstar.
Film alum Sandrel “Sanicole” Young’s short film “Training Wheels” will be showcased at the Real to Reel with Omari Hardwick national film competition and local screening tour that celebrates and supports emerging black filmmakers.
Columbia’s Getz Theater Center’s costume and prop shops helped facilitate the creation of Finnegan Kuzniar’s Galacto superhero costume, which was supported by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. More coverage at the Chicago Sun-Times.
English Associate Professor of Instruction Jim DeRogatis joined Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air to discuss his nearly two decades covering allegations of abuse against musician R. Kelly. Additional coverage on WGN.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis is featured for the release of his book Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. The book will be available for purchase tomorrow, June 4. Additional coverage at The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, and Variety.
“Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration,” a new show at Symphony Center, includes a performance of “Lamentations” by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, a composer who “spent the twilight of his career at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago.”
Communication Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence is interviewed in this piece on former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new jobs in journalism and the media response to his controversial The Atlantic article It’s Time To Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses.
English and Creative Writing Professor Tony Trigilio, Associate Professor Sam Weller, and faculty member Ruben Quesada are included in this annual round-up of influential Chicago writers and educators.
Cinema and Television Arts faculty member Danny Kravitz and alum Chris Charles ’07 wrote the screenplay for The Minuteman, a new film directed by Academy Award-nominee Robert Lorenz and starring Liam Neeson. Additional coverage in Deadline.
Dance Associate Professor and Co-Director of Academic DEI Raquel Monroe will choreograph work as part of Thurman Barker and Ben LaMar Gay: South Side Suite and Hecky Naw! Angles! at the Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.
Fashion Studies students Molly Quinn and Carlos Osuna took home the first and third place awards for the 18th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence competition. More coverage at Windy City Times.
Hip-hop star Kweku Collins will headline the Manifest Urban Arts Festival, an event featuring live music, dance, and art exhibitions created and curated by Columbia students. More coverage at Make it Better.
Communication Associate Professor Jackie Spinner has been named editor of Gateway Journalism Review, the newsletter and quarterly print magazine published by Southern Illinois University School of Journalism.
Several Columbia faculty, staff, and alumni are nominated for 2019 Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago’s top theatre award. The winners will be announced on June 3. Additional coverage at Chicago Tribune and BroadwayWorld.
During his decades-long career, Coppock, known as the "Godfather of Sports," worked in television, radio, and print in Chicago, Indianapolis and New York. More coverage at Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and CLTV.
Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven is interviewed on the exhibit Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ’40s, which she guest curated for the Chicago History Museum. More coverage at WTTW.
Floral murals will be painted by renowned Detroit-based Shanghainese artist Ouizi (Louise Jones, nee Chen), known for painting the exterior of the Sherwood Music School at Columbia as part of the Wabash Arts Corridor.
Fashion Studies Associate Professor and guest curator Virginia Heaven discusses the new exhibit Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and '40s, on display now at the Chicago History Museum.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Laura Farber ’06, who is a survivor of the 1999 Columbine shooting, will screen her documentary We Are Columbine at the Music Box Theatre the day it becomes available for streaming on iTunes.
Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven is quoted on the new exhibition she guest curated for the Chicago History Museum, titled Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ‘40s.
WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, whose real name is Rebecca Quin, is interviewed on her life and career, including her time as a student at the Dublin Institute of Technology and an exchange student at Columbia.
DEI Co-Director and Art and Art History Associate Professor Folayemi Wilson’s solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center runs from March 24-July 14. More coverage on Wilson’s work at Chicago Citizens Newspaper.
Photography Chair Peter Fitzpatrick will be the 2019 Eyes on Main Street Festival education director, where he will supervise Columbia Photography students and alums who will conduct workshops for more than 100 Wilson youths.
Former Art and Art History faculty member McArthur Binion is featured in this story on the recent rediscovery and popularity of a wave of contemporary Black artists whose work was largely overlooked in the ~1970s-’00s.
Photography Professor and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey is interviewed on “making the invisible visible” through his current exhibition, Night Coming Tenderly, Black, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago through April 14.
Film alum Ayanna Floyd Davis MFA ’98 and Television alum Lena Waithe ’06, who are creating the second season of Waithe’s The Chi on Showtime, are highlighted as black women showrunners who are opening doors in the television industry.
Dance alum Marceia L. Scruggs ’17, who will give a presentation at the La Femme Dance Festival, is interviewed. The biennial festival celebrates black women choreographers and also features Dance alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02 and Director of the Dance Presenting Series Ellen Chenoweth.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum Shreya Nagarajan Singh ’17 is featured for her work in managing roles from the Chennai Photo Biennale, to managing Utsavam 2019, to the Dakshin Chitra festival, and others.
Dance alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02 and Director of the Dance Presenting Series Ellen Chenoweth are mentioned for their roles in “La Femme,” a biennial dance festival celebrating black women choreographers.
Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Ron Falzone hosts a post-film discussion during AsianPop–UpCinema – SeasonEight, which opens March 12 and features 16 films from across the Asian Continent.
English and Creative Writing faculty member Jim DeRogatis discusses his tenacious work uncovering the story behind R. Kelly and advocating for the victims. More coverage at NPR, Washington Post, SPIN, WBBM, and Consequence of Sound.
Audio Arts and Acoustics faculty member and Grammy nominee Mary Mazurek writes on her behind-the-scenes experience during Grammy Week, highlighting the fact that her dress for her official Academy photograph was designed by Fashion Studies student Estefania Galvan.
English and Creative Writing alum Kate Wisel wins “one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for a book of short stories” for her manuscript Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, selected by Min Jin Lee.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster, a great-granddaughter of journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, celebrates the official unveiling of Ida B. Wells Drive, the first-ever downtown Chicago roadway to be named after an African-American woman. More coverage at Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, NBC Chicago, and WBEZ Chicago.
Photography faculty member and alum Cecil McDonald Jr.’s MFA ’08 In the Company of Black examines the “extraordinarily, ordinary” lives of black Americans. His series is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Photography Professor and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey and Photography alum Jess T. Dugan MFA ’14 named recipients of the 35th annual ICP Infinity Award through the International Center of Photography.
The fourth annual film festival, co-directed by faculty members Michelle Yates and Susan Kerns, will screen many notable films including the premiere of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché, a documentary about the world’s first female director.
The Dance Center’s production of Ananya Dance Theatre and the Hokin Gallery’s exhibition “Fulfilled Fantasies: Contemporary Chicago Drag Works” are highlighted as top things to do in Chicago in February.
Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven is interviewed on the upcoming “Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and Anna Blessmann ’40s” fashion exhibit she’s curating, which will be on display at the Chicago History Museum beginning April 8.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Emmy-nominated composer/multi-instrumentalist Sean McKee will work as Artists in Residence at Columbia this semester.
Film student Anna Chandler and faculty members Teresa Prados Torreira and Michelle Duster have signed the open letter, an initiative of Scholars for Social Justice, a new national network of progressive scholar-activists led by scholars of color.
Journalism student Ridvan Bolgi writes on “More Friends than Mountains,” a project that works to connect children from Chicago Kurdish communities to those in refugee camps and other places in Kurdistan.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey is highlighted for Night Coming Tenderly, Black, a photographic series that features large-scale images of both authenticated and purported Underground Railroad sites, opening this Friday at the Art Institute.
The Center for Black Music Research was integral to the efforts of violinist and Chicago native Rachel Barton Pine, who has dedicated her career to cataloging and performing classical works by black composers.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey’s new body of work Night Coming Tenderly, Black, which is opening at the Art Institute next week, is included in Newcity’s “art top five” for January 2019.
The roundup of 2018’s top moments includes the “bold, galvanizing use of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’” at the start of the Red Clay Dance Company’s EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within at the Dance Center.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Aviya Kushner writes on Ariel Burger’s Witness, a memoir recounting Berger’s experiences as Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s student, teaching assistant, and mentee.
Associate Professors Susan Kerns and Michelle Yates, co-founders of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, bring a selection of the films from last year’s festival to North Central College. The 2019 Chicago Feminist Film Festival will be held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Columbia.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Stephanie Graham’s '05 photographic series Love You, Bro explores the ways in which affection is expressed between African-American men. Her work will be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery through November 15.
Events including “Overlooked: Ida B. Wells” featuring Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster at the Harold Washington Libary and the launch of English and Creative Writing faculty member Ruben Quesada’s new book Revelations are included in a roundup of Chicago’s top literary events in November, edited by English and Creative Writing faculty member Toni Nealie.
Cinema and Television Arts student Ben Tull won the 2018 National Student Production Award for Best Public Service Announcement for his video NBD, which also features Theatre student Alexis Kirkpatrick.
Director of exhibitions for Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces Meg Duguid curates Where the Future Came From, a research project that focuses on the role of feminist-run art activities. The exhibition opens November 2 at the Glass Curtain Gallery.
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Cinema and Television Arts student Matthew Hayward received the American Society of Cinematographers Gerald Hirschfield Student Heritage Award for his work on the film The Latent Image. Additional coverage at Production Hub.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s newest exhibition of Arnold’s work is noted for the artist’s “complex visual arrangements of photography, painting and text [that] were built upon his own multilayered identity as a Black, gay veteran and prominent member of Chicago’s art community.”
The Museum of Contemporary Photography is mentioned for its presentation of the new exhibit Echoes: Reframing Collage along with its companion exhibit, The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity & Politics.
Music Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts Rosita Sands is featured in this essay arguing for a holistic, compassionate approach to incorporating multiculturalism in higher education curricula.
The B-Series at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will host B-Free, a festival that highlights hip-hop artists and street dancers, as well as Ephrat Asherie Dance’s Odeon. More coverage at Dance Informa.
Journalism alum Jasmine Browley ’15 examines how Black women are affected by ovarian cancer compared to white women based on access to treatment, familiarity with family member’s medical history, and other factors.
Film alum George Tillman Jr. ’91, who wrote the screenplay for Soul Food and produced the Barbershop films, is receiving the best reviews of his career with his adaptation of Angie Thomas' YA best-seller The Hate U Give, opening Oct. 5. Additional coverage in Chicago Crusader.
Musical Theatre student Marvin J. Malone, who plays Yonkers and is the understudy for the roles of Cigar and Phil, is interviewed and highlighted for his performances at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
Film alum Angela Snow ’06’w documentary Mortality of Dreams follows the construction of a sustainably designed, state-of-the-art, and international volunteer-run "green" hospital in the village of Yantalo, Peru.
Former English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Samuel Park’s posthumous novel The Caregiver, completed before his death in 2017, is considered “an absorbing and well-crafted work of fiction.” Additional coverage in People.
Audio Arts and Acoustics faculty member Mary Mazurek discusses the importance of supporting women as audio and recording engineers in the music and radio industry, as well as her own experiences working in the field.
Photography faculty member and alum Cecil McDonald Jr.’s ’94 In The Company of Black examines the “extraordinarily, ordinary” lives of black Americans. His series will be exhibited at the University Galleries of Illinois State University through October 14.
Art and Art History Associate Professor Jeffrey Abell is quoted in this piece comparing the audiences and organizational philosophies between the annual EXPO exhibition of established artists and galleries, and The Other Art Fair, which showcases emerging talent.
Photography student Kat Liu will have her films confronting the sexualization of Asian women featured at “The Ground Floor,” the fifth biennial show that features graduate students’ work from Chicago’s art schools.
Theatre Associate Professor and Interim Chair Peter Carpenter choreographed Dance faculty member Margi Cole in “REboot”, produced by Third Way Projects and founded by former Dance Presenting Series Director Bonnie Brooks.
Photojournalism alum Tonika Johnson ’03 will be featured during the Chicago Humanities Festival this fall, which also features Tom Hanks, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, and writers Jill Lepore and Rebecca Traister.
Dance faculty member and Dance alum Margi Cole’s ’90 REboot is listed as one of the “don’t-miss” picks for events in Chicago this week. The performance at the Dance Center features several Columbia alums and faculty members.
Photography Professor Judy Natal and English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Patty McNair comment on Ragdale, a nonprofit international retreat that serves over 200 artists annually and where they have both been residents.
John Duffy ’03 and Ray Nowosielski ’03, who were studying Film at Columbia on September 11, 2001, detail how they “accidentally” revealed the identity of a controversial CIA agent a decade later, excerpted from their new book.
Jillian Bruschera MFA ’14, Julia Goodman, Trisha Oralie Martin MFA ’12, Marilyn Propp, and Maggie Puckett MFA ’11, who are all connected to the Center for Book and Paper Arts, contributed work to a new exhibition at Boise State University, co-curated by Art and Art History Associate Professor Mel Potter.
The Dance Center will host the collaboration between Red Clay Dance Company and Uganda’s Keiga Dance Company to present EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within, a dance performance that engages with African Diaspora and the roots of movement.
Film alum Christian Sprenger ’07 won an Emmy Award for Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) for his work on FX’sAtlanta. Sprenger was also nominated in the same category for his work on Netflix’s Glow.
Film alum Jade Begay ’11, who is also working on a VR/AR project that explores the connections between identity, land, and storytelling, co-authors this piece about the importance of the historic climate change conference.
The solo exhibition To Honor and Comfort by Book and Paper Arts alum Laurie Wessman LeBreton MFA ’11 will be on display at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College until October 26.
The West Aurora school board recognized Cinema and Television Arts alum Alex Perez ’16 for being named one of the top young government officials in the nation by NextGen Nation, an organization that promotes young government leaders.
The Dance Center’s presentation of the world premiere of the Red Clay Dance Company’s “EKILI MUNDA/What Lies Within,” choreographed by the Chicago-based company’s founder, artistic director, and alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02, is included in a roundup of marquee dance events this fall.
Film alum Josh Tsui ’91 is highlighted for his work in the video game industry and his new documentary Insert Coin: Inside Midway's 90s Revolution, which chronicles the history of Tsui’s first employer, Midway Games.
Photography alum Nate Mathews’ ’05 new exhibition Ersatz captures empty spaces that are meant to look appealing. His photographic series is on display at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery through October 14.
REboot, a new performance choreographed by Dance faculty member and alum Margi Cole ’90, Interim Chair of Theatre Peter Carpenter, and Dance faculty member and alum Colleen Halloran ’09, is a must-see performance in Chicago for the month of September.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences faculty member Prexy Nesbitt discusses the roles of activism and education through his relationships and work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama.
Melanie Zeck discusses her role as the Research Fellow at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia, including her research interests and how working musicians and researchers can benefit from the museum’s archives.
The Smashing Pumpkins drummer and Trustee Jimmy Chamberlin discusses his time on tour, the myriad educational tools Columbia offers its students, and his enthusiasm behind the decision to join Columbia’s Board of Trustees.
Dance alum Erin Kilmurray ’08 is profiled for her work creating, directing, and choreographing The Fly Honey Show, a sex-positive, politically-charged cabaret featuring several other Columbia performer and producer alumni.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster writes on how grassroots groups and social media facilitated the renaming of a major downtown street to Ida B. Wells Drive, honoring her late great-grandmother.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Demon Griffin MFA ’16 will expand the popular BACinema screenings to include more independent, classic, and international movies as the new film programmer for the Beverly Arts Center.
Michelle Duster, Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member and great grand-daughter to Wells, was present as the City Council made the historic vote to have the first downtown street named after a woman of color. More coverage at Chicago Tribune, NBC5,The Root, and more.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster’s Commemorative Art Committee, which she co-chairs, has raised enough money to build a monument in honor of her great grandmother Ida B. Wells-Barnett. More coverage at the Chicago Tribune.
Alum and Tony-award winner Anna D. Shapiro ’90 will direct Straight White Men. Written by Young Jean Lee, this is the first play to be produced on Broadway by an Asian-American female playwright. More coverage here.
Film alum and cinematographer Christian Sprenger ’07 has been nominated twice in the same category for an Emmy in Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series on his work for Atlanta and Glow.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey’s new series “Night Coming Tenderly, Black” is featured, which serves as a call to a period in African-American history where the journey for liberation was led largely through the darkness of the night.
Columbia participated in the first-ever “College Break Thru” program, offering prospective performing arts students a chance to participate in pre-auditions and receive constructive feedback from experienced faculty members.
Communication Associate Professor Shanita Baraka Akintonde writes on growing up on the South Side of Chicago, how young people are engaging with these neighborhoods, and the effects of policing on the city’s youth.
Art and Art History Professor and “Artist Mother of Chicago” Sabina Ott is remembered for her establishing work in the Chicago arts community. Additional coverage can be found at Artforumand Hyperallergic.
Cinema and Television Arts and Creative Writing student and second-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier discusses her Chicago upbringing, her writing aspirations, and her debut book Graphite.
Graciela Iturbide HDR ’08, considered “one of the most influential photographers active in Latin America today and…one of Mexico’s greatest living artists” will have a major exhibition of her work featured at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in January 2019.
Cinema and Television Arts student and second-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier discusses poetry as a form of activism, her debut book Graphite, and growing up as a queer woman of color in Chicago.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Devlyn Camp is celebrated for their work as the creator and host of the podcast Mattachine: A Serialized Story in Gay History and their They and Them talk show on Que4 1680 AM.
Composer, creator of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and former Chair of the Music Department William Russo is remembered for his global career in the arts, and his lasting contributions to Chicago’s jazz scene.
Following her appearance at the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival, alum and singer-actress Melody Angel discusses her musical influences and her role in the Goodman Theatre’s Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).
Chris Richert, Communication faculty member and general manager of the Columbia Chronicle, provides advice on how student journalists can successfully understand both the editorial and business sides of a running a publication.
The Dance Center’s distinctive contemporary dance presenting series is profiled, and Series Director Ellen Chenoweth explains why Columbia is the "only [place] where I have seen a performing series embedded within the curriculum so deeply."
Theatre Associate Professor Bill Williams interviewed Chicago author Rebecca Makkai on the inspiration for her novel and the importance of faithfully portraying Chicago's AIDS epidemic for modern audiences.
Communication Associate Professor Elio Leturia, in connection with other nationwide journalism faculty members, describes how recent technology has shifted students' ability to observe and report on issues.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography's Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts Sheridan Tucker Anderson discusses her process in curating the museum's Afrofuturist In Their Own Form exhibition, which runs through July 8.
A memorial statue of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who taught at Columbia College Chicago, will be unveiled in the Bronzeville park named after Brooks, who becomes the first black, Chicago-based poet honored with a statue and memorial in a city park.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma writes on 'nones'–millennials who describe themselves as nonreligious–and the trend of turning toward forms of spiritualism through yoga, meditation, and healing stones.
Design alum Nick Drnaso '11 is praised for his new graphic novel, Sabrina, which is a thoughtful meditation on mystery and the mundane during divisive political times. Additional coverage: The Guardian.
Multimedia Journalism graduate student Gabriela Cruz-Martínez discusses the difficulties that Puerto Ricans have had in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, particularly when it comes to their citizenship, rights, and representation.
Cinema and Television Arts student Patricia Frazier, recently named Chicago’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, discusses her debut book Graphite, the influence of Gwendolyn Brooks, and her future projects. Additional coverage can be found at Blavity.
Journalism alum Justin Kaufmann ’96 speaks with Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matthew Shenoda about why addressing racism is a necessity and Shenoda’s progressive, anti-racist mission for Columbia.
Illustration alum Max Clarke ’13 is profiled on his evolving musical career, which has seen him release his critically-acclaimed debut album Hollow Ground, open for big-name acts like Foxygen, and more.
Julia Fine MFA ’15 and former faculty member Audrey Niffenegger are interviewed about Fine’s debut novel What Should Be Wild, written during her time as an MFA student in the English and Creative Writing Department.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Chloe Bestward ’17 and MFA candidates Areej Mahmoud and Ryan Buckley have been shortlisted for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ International Student Film Awards.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor and Ray Bradbury’s authorized biographer Sam Weller brought his graduate students to Carnegie Library in Waukegan, Illinois, where Bradbury first fell in love with literature.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Nathan Rodgers ’17 discusses his process in editing Chicago rapper Towkio’s new music video, where he used the song’s jazz-fusion beat as a guideline rather than letting it dictate the cuts.
Multimedia Photojournalism student Halie Parkinson speaks with Music student Asher Witkin and Pulitzer Prize-winning Photography faculty member John H. White about the power and impact of Kendrick Lamar as a musical role model.
Karen Irvine, deputy director and chief curator of the MoCP, introduces Dave Jordano’s new book A Detroit Nocturne, writing that Jordano “exposes lives of perseverance and fortitude that have long existed in Detroit despite its problems.” Additional coverage: Lens Scratch.
In honor of Montgomery, Alabama’s new memorial to lynching victims, Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses the accomplishment and historical impact of her great-grandmother, anti-lynching advocate and journalist Ida B. Wells.
Journalism alum Tatiana Walk-Morris ’14 examines her experience, and those of other black women, in having her hair invasively searched by the TSA in manners that reinforce “the stereotype that black people are inherently criminal.”
Film alum Sharon Zurek ’76, owner of Black Cat Productions, praises the new Chicago Filmmakers space, which will open on April 28 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Dr. Eric Freedman, Dean of the School of Media Arts, and other Chicago industry leaders in attendance.
American Sign Language Chair and Associate Professor Peter Cook will headline the May 29-June 2 performances of Storytelling Live! in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he will bring ASL, pantomime, storytelling, and movement to his matinee performances.
Wilson, North Carolina’s fourth-annual “Eyes on Main Street” photo festival features the work of Wilson youth who took photography lessons with Columbia students as part of Columbia’s ongoing partnership with Canon USA.
Theatre alum Aidy Bryant ’09, who stars in Amy Schumer’s upcoming comedy I Feel Pretty, discusses her closeness to the film’s overarching theme of body positivity and self-love. More coverage: Chicago Sun-Times and Windy City Times.
California Senator Kamala Harris writes about how Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 has empowered audiences who can now “turn on the TV and see vivid, funny, deeply real portrayals of people like themselves.”
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Film and Television Arts Associate Professor Ruth Leitman and Interim Chair Eric Scholl discuss Columbia’s new Interdisciplinary Documentary Program, its expert faculty, and notable alumni working in documentary.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, Photography Associate Professor Greg Foster-Rice weighs in on the debate saying, “the classroom should be an environment defined by safety, consideration, and open debate…not by weapons.”
Music Business alum Megan Gonzalez ’04, the founder of Minooka Music Studio, discusses the studio’s new summer camp offerings, including musical theatre classes and the new “Camp Rock” for experienced teen musicians.
Education Associate Professor Katie Paciga, who is presenting at this year’s National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, discusses the importance of social and linguistic support alongside digital learning, especially for children in poverty.
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Writer-in-Residence T Clutch Fleischmann and their former student, Nonfiction alum Sung Yim ’17, will read at the Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Reading Series April 17 at 7 p.m.
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon will present his keynote speech “The Failure of Empathy” at this year’s John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
Film alumni Chris Charles ’07 and Laura Farber ’06 discuss their documentary on the Columbine massacre We Are Columbia—a subject that’s close to home for Farber, who survived the mass shooting in 1999.
As part of the University of Kentucky’s Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chief Curator Karen Irvine will discuss her efforts to discover and support the work of emerging photographers.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, discusses the legacy of the historic journalist and activist the of the “most famous black woman in America.”
Former student Jasmine Waters—who has lived as a reality star, an entertainment journalist, and now serves as a screenwriter for NBC’s This Is Us—discusses her efforts to bring black characters and their authentic experiences to the forefront.
Film alum Janusz Kaminski ’87 spoke at the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, discussing his feelings about the film industry’s transition from film to digital and how contemporary cinematography is “lacking in vision.”
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon reviews Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 film Phantom Thread, examining the film’s sexual politics and the patriarchal narrative that it nurtures.
Photographer Akito Tsuda ’93 recently returned to Chicago and walked the same Pilsen streets he photographed in the 1990s, noting the changes while also acknowledging the fact that Pilsen made him “better than before.”
Bebe Miller, whose show In a Rhythm headlined the second weekend of the Dance Center’s “Process v. Product” festival, is praised for taking “a form that many see as obtuse and [making] it accessible.” More coverage can be found at Newcity Stage.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses the efforts to have a monument built in honor of her great grandmother, journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells—which would speak not only of Wells’ accomplishments, but also add representation for women in the country’s national monument registry.
Scholar and historian Owen Keehnen will join Humanities, History and Social Sciences Associate Professor Carmelo Esterrich April 19 to discuss the history and impact of the Belmont Rocks, a “famed stretch of land along Chicago's lakefront that was once the only safe place for LGBTQ people to gather in the daylight.”
Student Juniper Schenone discusses her decision to bank sperm before beginning her transition, citing the importance of biological fertility and “having the availability to pass down [her] genes and have that emotional connection.”
In honor of the April 5-19 Chicago Latino Film Festival, Television alum Pepe Vargas ’85—the festival’s founder and man behind the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago—is profiled on his legacy. Additional coverage at Hollywood Chicago.
Honorary Degree Recipient and Journalism alum Mary A. Mitchell ’91 will receive the Mazzei Award, which is “presented to a person who shows extraordinary skills in the world of communications,” at this year’s Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans’ annual media luncheon.
As part of its Art Design Chicago initiative, the Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded grants to Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in a continued effort to “expand public engagement with Chicago’s cultural community.” More coverage atArt and Education.
Columbia’s top fashion design students will compete in this year’s “Close-Up”-themed Driehaus Awards, showcasing their collections in a runway competition for a $7,500 prize and an apparel display at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue.
Journalism Associate Professor Jackie Spinner profiles John O’Connor on his 20 years of reporting on the Illinois statehouse for the Associated Press, where he “has exposed corruption at nearly every level of Illinois government.”
Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Jeff Spitz celebrates the diverse voices coming out of Chicago—many of whom have completed long-form documentaries and received festival praise—and promotes The Doc Talk Show #13, which takes place Thursday, March 29.
Columbia’s Dance Center will kick off the spring season with its “Process v. Product” festival, featuring headlining performances from Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and Bebe Miller Company. Additional coverage found at Picture This Post.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 discusses the future of her Showtime series The Chi, which includes the new appointment of Ayanna Floyd Davis MFA ’98 as showrunner and the expansion of the show’s female characters.
Theatre alum Michael Allen Harris ’11 is dubbed a “young playwright on the brink of greatness,” foregrounding under-represented narratives and showcasing relatable African-American LGBT characters in his new drama Kingdom.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses her great-grandmother, journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, and the New York Times’ decision to posthumously honor her with an obituary, on The Daily podcast.
Art Design Chicago, a new initiative led by The Terra Foundation for American Art, aims to broaden the story of Chicago’s art history through 29 exhibitions debuting this year—including the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s October exhibition The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold, curated by Photography Associate Professor Greg Foster-Rice.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis continues his coverage of musician R. Kelly with a piece on Jerhonda Pace—who last summer accused Kelly of abuse—and her frustration as Kelly continues to face no consequences despite the #MeToo movement taking down other alleged abusers.
BLKHaUS Studios, founded by Art and Art History Associate Professor Fo Wilson and Norman Teague ’12, will participate in this summer’s Back Alley Jazz event, a “jazz jam” that channels the South Side’s community affairs of the ’60s and ’70s.
Former student Jeremy Felton, known as Jeremih, released his sultry R&B EP The Chocolate Box March 9, and continues to work on his fourth studio album Later That Night. More coverage at Rap-Up, Uproxx, and XXL Mag.
Journalism student Andrea Salcedo praises the Chicago Feminist Film Festival for its screening of Constanza Novick’s El Futuro que Viene (The Future Ahead), the first Latin American film to open the festival.
Student Briana Kennedy writes on Columbia’s student-organized #ENOUGH National School Walkout March 14, held in support of gun reform and in remembrance of the 17 lives lost at Stoneman Douglas High School.
The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation’s $1 million gift to the Museum of Contemporary Photography from January is included as an example of a recent trend of Chicago philanthropists supporting the arts through donations to university museums.
Theatre Assistant Professor and Director of Comedy Studies Anne Libera discussed The Second City’s connection to Saturday Night Live at the Conversations in Comedy: SNL & The Second City panel March 8.
Alum Sheila Brown ’89, executive director of the CineCares Foundation at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, discusses career highlights and issues such as how professional attitudes towards women have evolved in the film industry.
Kingdom, a new play by Theatre alum Michael Allen Harris ’11, “a story about gay African-Americans and a play about elderly people because those people are so often invisible onstage,” runs through March 31 at the Den Theatre.
Journalism Associate Professor Jackie Spinner writes on new revelations surrounding Karega Kofi Moyo’s photography, much of which depicts the unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neysa Page-Lieberman, the Executive Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS), has curated Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, currently exhibiting at Moore College of Art and Design.
Journalism alum Mary Mitchell ’91 presented at the City Club of Chicago’s Exodus from Illinois panel, discussing what government officials can do to reinvigorate the state and reverse recent years of population decline.
Communications consultant and former associate vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago Mark Rosati has been appointed Columbia’s new Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations.
Communication alum Alexandra Eidenberg ’05, a longtime champion for better Illinois healthcare, runs for Illinois Representative with hopes tomake insurance “accessible to everyone.” More coverage can be found at Evanston Now and Chicago Sun-Times.
The Dance Center’s March 2-3 presentation of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will likely be the last Chicago performance with founder Lin Hwai-min, who plans to retire at the end of 2019. More coverage: Chicago Magazine.
Radio Associate Professor David W. Berner’s essay collectionThere’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, which chronicles his life through relationships with his former pets,is considered “insightful and humorous, entertaining and touching.”
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Frank Waln ’14, an “award-winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist and music producer,” performed at this year’s Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS) gathering.
Lin Hwai-min, founder and director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, discusses his artistic career and what makes Cloud Gate Dancers unique. Cloud Gate will premiere its new program Formosa at the Harris Theater March 2 and 3.
Communication Associate Professor Lillian Williams writes on how trustee emeritus Lerone Bennett Jr., who passed away last week, influenced her early years and what today’s generation can learn from his black history lessons.
On Friday Columbia's student center was granted a construction permit, "the first indication that work is ready to begin in earnest." The center is set to be completed by early 2019. Additional coverage can be found at Chicago Construction News.
Theatre alum Joanie Schultz ’00, co-founder of Chicago’s Flush Puppy Theatre and current artistic director of Dallas’ WaterTower Theatre, returns to her hometown of Aspen, Colorado to direct three student-penned plays at the Theatre Masters’ Take Ten Festival.
The Dance Center’s presentation of Doug Varone and Dancers was “wholly worth” braving this weekend’s weather for the company’s 30th anniversary celebration, which featured a rare stage appearance by Varone himself. More coverage: Picture This.
Communication Associate Professor Elio Leturia’s No Literal—on display at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago until Feb. 22—illustrates the importance of correct Spanish through twelve posters. More coverage: Borderzine.
Film alum Jeff Borowiak ’16 has been appointed motion designer at post-production house The Colonie, following his breakout work with interactive web series The Reunion and 2017 Feminist Film Festival selection Game Master.
Columbia will host the third annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival, showcasing work from under-represented film professionals. The festival includes three feature films, 40 short films, and two web series.
Communication alum Jeff Tobler ’03 has been promoted to senior vice president at Warner Bros. TV, where he will lead the Television Publicity and Communications division on scripted programming and media outreach. More coverage: First Comics News.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Shannon Downey uses her embroidered craftivism “to inspire, instigate, engage, inflame, empower and incite people into action,” encouraging artists to find their voice and then use it to bring change to the world.
To promote the power of culture’s role in bettering the world, the Appleton Boychoir will present IMAGINE ... The Peace Concert this Saturday, featuring student Katie Welko’s interpretative dance performance to Craig Hella Johnson’s “Will There Really Be a Morning?”
English Assistant Professor Nicole Spigner writes on the context around the #MeToo movement and believes that now people “can survey the damage already done and suffer new hurt as we make a reach towards liberation.”
Graphic Design alum Kyle Letendre ’12, now a freelance lettering artist, illustrator, and designer, is using his artistry to address issues of gender and sexuality within contemporary illustration and design.
Dean of Fine and Performing Arts Onye Ozuzu is co-curating the second annual Dance Gathering in Lagos this year, with a “Body and Memory” theme that focuses on “diverse forms of creative endeavors that variously explore the body as a storehouse of memories and inherited traumas.” More coverage at The Netand Bella Naija.
Acoustics alum Tom Noble ’12 offers personal anecdotes and advice for budding designers, writing that “viewing other designs can provide insight and a learning experience that otherwise can only be gained after years of practice.”
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Sam Weller, a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury, will be the next featured guest of Elgin Community College’s Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Brothers David "Buzz" Ruttenberg and Roger "Biff" Ruttenberg have donated $1 million to the Museum of Contemporary Photography from The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, the largest cash donation to the museum in its history.
The Chi—the South Side-based Showtime series from Television alum Lena Waithe ’06—has been renewed for a second season, with fellow alum Ayanna Floyd Davis MFA ’98 signing on as executive producer and showrunner.
2003 Honorary Degree Recipient Henry Fogel has received a National Opera Trustee Recognition Award for his work with the Chicago Opera Theater, where he served four years as board president and now sits on its Governance, Finance, Audit, and Executive Committees.
Communication Associate Professor Anne Marie Mitchell discusses the investigation into Sun-Times reporter Richard Roeper buying Twitter followers, citing social media’s “wild west mentality” that has inevitably led to profiteering and exploitation.
Creative Writing alum Matthew Hoffman ’98, a film historian and assistant circulation manager for the Park Ridge Library, will kick off the 10th season of the library’s Classic Film Series March 1 with Whisky Galore!, the first of six Ealing Studios comedy films.
Alum Michael Glover Smith ’00 will speak with audience members and screen his award-winning film Mercury in Retrograde, an examination of the modern relationship, at the Gene Siskel Film Center this February.
Journalism alum Michelle Alegria ’97 will be joining Fox’s WFLD-Channel 32 as the new traffic reporter for Good Day Chicago, following her nearly decade-long stint as a featured contributor for 190 North, the magazine show from ABC’s WLS-Channel 7. More coverage here.
Various interviews from Film alum Janusz Kaminski ’87, a staple cinematographer in the films of Steven Spielberg, are featured in this compilation-style podcast about the four-time Oscar-winning director.
In light of the announcement that Animaniacs will return in 2020, Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Ronald Fleischer and faculty member Douglas Rice speak about the origins of their animation studio StarToons, where they produced their Emmy-winning work for the show.
Juan Giraldo MFA ’15 is profiled on his work as an artist in residence for Wilson, North Carolina’s Eyes on Main Street project, where he spent much of his time documenting workers at the Bridgestone tire plant as an homage to his favorite photographers.
Theatre faculty member Andra Velis Simon is praised for her balanced musical direction in Chicago theatre troupe The Hypocrites’ production of Pirates of Penzance, which is currently showing in Pasadena, California through Feb. 25.
Dance Chair and Associate Professor Peter Carpenter and Associate Professor Raquel Monroe are mentioned in this review of the anthology Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, which features essays from the two about queerness, national protest, and the bending of genre to reflect the fluidity of gender and sexuality.
Communication Assistant Professor Laurence Minsky’s book The Activation Imperative: How to Build Brands and Business by Inspiring Action was selected as a “must read” by the ANA Educational Foundation, taking a place beside the classics on advertising, branding, and marketing.
Music Associate Professor and Jazz Studies director Scott Hall has created “high-spirited and enjoyable” arrangements being performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for their collaborative concert with Latin jazz group The BraziLionaires, Pasión y Romance. Find more coverage from the Journal Star and WGLT.
In this podcast, Film alum Zach Sands ’03 discusses the role that comedy plays in the discourse surrounding national identity and the American Dream, which he details in his 2017 book Film Comedy and the American Dream.
The Way to Andina, the award-winning opera documentary from Cinema and Television Arts alum Arlen Parsa ’09 chronicling his mission to produce and premiere his great-grandfather’s lost opera, premiered Jan. 25 on WTTW.
Participant Media's documentary president Diane Weyermann MFA ’92 discusses STARZ's acquisition of America to Me, a nonfiction series detailing a "year in the lives of students, parents, and educators in the Oak Park and River Forest High School community."
Steven Teref MFA ’06 has been named a National Book Critics Circle Award Poetry finalist for his translated collection Directions for Use, featuring the "erotic, wry, feminist poems" of Serbian poet Ana Ristović.
Theatre alum Jonathan Hirsh ’11 discusses Fare Trade, his new web series inspired by the online trading platform Bunz—described as the "Craigslist without money"—and the cash-less economy it encourages.
Among the many dance events this winter, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will welcome back Doug Varone and Dancers for the first time since 2001, as well as the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. More coverage here.
Two teams of Columbia students from various disciplines placed first and second in the NRF Foundation's Student Challenge competition, with the top team's students receiving individual $5,000 scholarships, and the second place team receiving scholarships of $2,500. More coverage can be found here.
Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler appeared on Windy City Live to discuss the origins of her salon Haute & Co. Bridal Boutique, and what inspired her new body positive bridal reality show The Perfect Fit.
Journalism alum Mallory Szczepanski ’11 has been named the new editorial director for waste and recycling publication Waste 360, where she will "manage editorial efforts, grow the brand’s digital presence, and continue to cover leading industry events."
Marketing Communications alum Jeff Shafer ’09, who "found his niche and his passion in admiration for [Martin Luther] King," is profiled alongside his brother—professional muralist Sike Style—and their father for the family's sixth King Day mural project.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 and Creative Writing alum Iliana Regan ’05 are listed among eight Chicago trailblazers for their accomplishments this year—a new television series and a memoir, respectively—as well as their contributions to Chicago and beyond.
Film alum Damian Huck ’05, a freelance producer with 12 years of experience working for clients like Apple and Toyota, has been named executive producer for ONE at Optimus, an arm of post-production house Optimus. More coverage here.
Former student Kent Velesrubio, winner of the Best Made in the Marianas Award from the 2014 Guam International Film Festival, discusses his life since winning the award and offers advice for aspiring filmmakers.
"The Bees, Part 1" a short story written by MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon, is introduced by Everything Is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer for The Guardian's short story podcast.
The Perfect Fit, Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler's reality show about pairing plus size brides with their perfect gowns, premieres tonight on PeopleTV. More coverage at Chicago Woman.
Alum Jen Davis ’02 will showcase Eleven Years, her photography exhibition that "explores body image, identity and relationships," at Mercer County Community College's James Kerney Campus Gallery from January 25th through February 22nd.
Alum Anna D. Shapiro ’90 and Dance faculty members Carrie Hanson and Daniel "BRAVEMONK" Haywood are listed among the Chicago artists that made "art that helped things feel bearable or even, occasionally, bright" this past year.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06, "one of the most sought-after new voices in Hollywood," discusses the inspirations behind The Chi, growing up queer in Chicago, and the importance of authentic representation.
In their new show Lather. Rinse. Repeat. | Fall. Climb. Release., Dance alumni Aaliyah Christina '16, Trinity Dawn Bobo ’16, Keyierra Collins ’16, and student Keisha Bennett explore the American black female experience.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 discusses humanizing Chicago’s South Side and representing black lives in her new Showtime series The Chi. More coverage can be found at the Chicago Tribune, TV Guide, and Variety.
School of Fine and Performing Arts Dean and Dance Professor Onye Ozuzu discusses the effects of increased access through the internet, which she sees as “a mode of cultural transportation, which both expands what dancers make and can have the effect of homogenization."
Chicago hosted the world premiere of Music Assistant Professor Ilya Levinson’s “Ghost Tango,” a chamber music piece Levinson wrote with exaggerated emotion to “illustrate the desire of the ghostly world to communicate with our real world.”
Art and Art History alum Nicholas Steindorf’s ’09 solo exhibition New Grey Planet at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn aims to make viewers aware of how our memories and expectations intrude upon and alter our perceptions.
“Over & Over,” the newest show at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery, features work by artists whodig into pattern and repetition as markers of identity and behavior, forms of building culture, the different mechanics used to program our sentience.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis explores why the popular music industry isn’t concerned about the sexual-misconduct allegations against R. Kelly amid the outing of many other prominent celebrity predators.
Theatre alum DeZhane Rouse ’17 incorporates her passion for both acting and activism in her role as an educator for Catharsis Theatre, which uses improv skits to make humorous but impactful points about gender and power.
Master of Arts Management alum Rebecca Fons MAM ’11 is the new Programming Director at Iowa City’s art house cinema, FilmScene, where she will direct the art house theater’s lineup of American independent films, foreign films, and documentaries while building new initiatives to expand FilmScene’s community of movie lovers.
Communication Associate Professor Suzanne McBride believes that getting journalism students into the community teaches them how to accurately report on violence in a community and creates a passion in them to cover local news.
Columbia’s Jazz and Fusion Ensembles, under the directions of Music faculty members Scott Hall and William Boris, respectively, performed alongside jazz musician and Columbia’s musical artist in residence Jon Irabagon during Columbia’s Jazz Showcase.
Associate Professor of Journalism Jackie Spinner reports on the experience of enrolling her autistic sons in Moroccan schools, and the limited or nonexistant access to education many children in the country face.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined President Kim, DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, students, and the Gensler team on November 13 to break ground on Columbia’s first-ever Student Center, set to be completed in 2019.
Before breaking ground at Columbia’s first-ever Student Center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the building for its “environment that [will be] conducive to imagination, to collaboration, and to working together.”
Communication Associate Professor Laurence Minsky discusses how to help businesses create successful marketing content by recognizing that customers come to execute a specific task, and visuals should reflect that.
2017 Honorary Degree Recipient and former Columbia student David Cromer’s Broadway play The Band’s Visit was praised by the New York Times as “one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.”
Communication Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence talked to Woodlawn residents who are wary that the Obama Presidential Center, slated for a 2021 opening in Jackson Park, will bring unwanted gentrification to their neighborhood. More coverage at CityLab.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked Columbia College Chicago’s Masters in Music Composition for the Screen in its Top 25 Best Music Schools, praising its “cutting-edge” technology and the five-week Semester in LA.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey appreciates the “cushion” the MacArthur Fellowship has given him, allowing him to focus on upcoming projects like Station, a work of history about Ohio’s Underground Railroad.
English and Creative Writing faculty member Stan West invited journalist Lourdes Nicholls to his “Culture, Race, and Media” class where she shared her family’s memorabilia detailing the incarceration conditions of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Kevin Rhomberg ’13, aka Knox Fortune, hopes his new album Paradise will show fans that his hip-hop affiliation with artists like Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper isn’t the extent of his musical repertoire.
Virago-Man Dem will be performed at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago through November 4, with choreography exploring “facets of black masculinity and how stereotypes surrounding black men affect their identities and expressions of self.”
Columbia College Chicago Fashion students partnered with United Airlines in a five-week class challenging them to design a reusable travel bag made from recycled airport banners, with all proceeds from the finished product going to charities.
Alum Akito Tsuda ’93 returned to the Pilsen neighborhood for a reception of his book Pilsen Days, where he revisited a few of the remaining landmarks that he photographed more than 20 years ago. More coverage at Hoy,Telemundo Chicago,NBC 5, and Univision.
Photography Professor Paul D’Amato’s new book here/still/now features the “joy, sadness, determination, resignation, love, and vulnerability” of African-American residents of Chicago’s West Side, and includes a foreword by Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dawoud Bey.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma discusses how his book explores the complicated narrative of “hero vs monster” in today’s society, even digging into the evolving language we use to describe them.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey spoke with Morning Shift host Jenn White about spending time with the subjects of his portraits and how being awarded the MacArthur Fellowship is an “affirmation and validation of all of the work [he’s] been doing over the past 42 years.”
Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts graduate student Colleen McCulla was selected as an artist for the We’ll Work for Artprogram, which provides business entity formation and legal counsel for working visual artists.
In discussing his book and the recent Las Vegas shooting, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma explores the “roles that desire and repulsion play in our conceptions of monsters.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Shannon Downey’s embroidery twist on “Boys Will Be Boys” has been lauded as the “perfect mix of femininity and ferocity” and has gone viral in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Gil Hizon ’06 was selected for CBS’s Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion Writers Mentoring Program which pairs writers with an executive mentor to develop new material before moving on to a 16-week workshop.
Theatre alum Aaron Mitchell Reese ’12 will direct The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, a musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Columbia Honorary Degree Recipient Gwendolyn Brooks, running from October 20–December 23.
Chicago Magazine examines English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis’ extensive and substantial career as a music critic and journalist, especially his decades of aggressive investigative reporting on R. Kelly.
English and Creative Writing faculty member Mort Castle discusses how he’s been successful in his career, claiming that he always teaches his students that “writing is a craft, and a craft can be learned.”
Cinema and Television Arts alum Meena Singh ’02 cites the mentorship of Film and Video alum Ken Seng ’99 in learning about studio productions, a skill that shows itself in her true crime documentary Netflix series, The Confession Tapes.
In response to his 2017 MacArthur Fellowship award, Photography ProfessorDawoud Bey discusses how he hopes his work can begin to “transcend differences while locating a common humanity that we all share.”
Reggie Wilson and Fist + Heel Performance Group performanceat Columbia’s Dance Center createdwhat “felt like an assertion of identity” through a mixture of Western contemporary dance and West African dance.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dawoud Bey says that when teaching students to find their own voice in their art, it’s “as much about photography as it is about teaching a set of values.”
English and Creative Writing Professor and Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matthew Shenoda’s work with the African Poetry Book Fund is helping to give a voice to African poets whose work might otherwise go unheard.
Columbia’s first Honorary Degree Recipient and Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks greatly influenced poet and educator Haki Madhubuti, who recently celebrated 50 years with his publishing company Third World Press.
Photography alum Clarissa Bonet MFA ’12, whose current work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context, will speak on a panel about how to find inspiration and create meaningful art.
The exhibition ¡Sí Se Puede!, currently open at Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery, is profiled as part of Chicago's celebration of iconic civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta, who is also the subject of a recent Wabash Arts Corridor mural by alum Sam Kirk ’05.
Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Steven Corey draws on his specialties in urban studies and waste disposal to comment on the litter and mess left behind at music festivals and what it might mean on a social level that participants feel little guilt about it.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 solidified her place at the table with her historic Emmy win, and her upcoming series with Showtime The Chi will feature her behind the script once again. More coverage at CBS Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicagoist, and CBS Chicago.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 made history at the 69th Emmy Awards by becoming the first African American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series forMaster of None. More coverage at ABC7 Chicago and CBS Chicago.
Reggie Wilson and Fist + Heel Performance Group will put on Citizen – a performance with a postmodern mix of blues, folk, and dances of the African diaspora – at the Dance Center October 12–14. More coverage at Newcity Stage.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago kicks off the fall season with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (September 21-23), followed by the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group (October 12-14), and the debut of the New York-based COCo. Dance Theatre (November 2-4).
Alum and VP of Emerging Technology and Innovation for Leo Burnett Tod Szewczyk ’02 held an information session The Future of People, Technology, and Advertising where he tracked how fast technology is changing in the printing industry, and how marketers, advertisers, and others can cope with the new landscape.
After President Trump announced DACA would be rescinded, Creative Writing alums Jan-Henry Gray MFA ’16 and Hafizah Geter MFA ’10, along with other poets with different relationships to migration and citizenship, respond to the disruptive decision in their own words.
Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts Onye Ozuzu discusses her current endeavor Project Tool while balancing administrative duties, including the development of Columbia’s new Hip Hop Studies minor.
Art Education alum Lauren Ball MAT ’17 will kick off the SideCar Gallery 2017 fall season with her exhibition Resurface, opening September 9, and includes relycled abstract shapes and found photography.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Sam Weller held a three-day writer’s festival at Dimensions Academy, vouching for its life-changing opportunities for kids who need more than what traditional schools can offer.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey was one of a handful of judges overseeing The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today contest, where the artists addressed topics that are affecting the nation and world today.
Photography Associate Professor Kelli Connell will debut her exhibition Kelli Connell / Double Life: Fifteen Years, a body of work that shows the “complex and layered nature of relationships,” at the McDonough Museum of Art.
Theatre alum Carly Jo Greer ’13 will put on a one-night only performance of her solo show I Come From Hoarders, a combination of storytelling and theatre about what it’s like to grow up in a family of hoarders.
Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Spaces Neysa Page-Lieberman, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Natasha Egan, and Art History alum Tempestt Hazel’10 are featured in NewCity’s annual list of who makes art work in Chicago.
Kicking off the public art exhibition Street Level, Cirque du Soleil’s mural inspired by Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico, painted by former student and artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, will be the first of eight new murals in the South Loop neighborhood.
Former student Francis Scott Key White and his sister Alex White, who have been touring the world with their band White Mystery for ten years, are set to play two shows back in their hometown of Chicago.
Advertising Art Direction alum Mikey Corona ’06 and his business partner Brian Riggenbach prepare to open their diner The Mockingbird, complete with creative menus and eclectic decorations, walking the line between unpredictable and accessible.
Dance alum Sydney Harner ’16 is taking all of her choreography and teaching experience learned from professional dancers at Columbia and giving back through expanded dance courses at Power in Motion Gymnastics.
Cinema and Television Arts Assistant Professor David Krause built eight David Lynch-replica film sets for Sandro Miller’s 17-minute film Psychogenetic Fugue which portrays a selection of Lynch characters and iconic scenes.
Saint Xavier University’s Art Gallery will present Design Instructional Specialist Meghann Sottile's exhibition Traced Hallows, which uses ordinary found objects and metalsmithing to create “hallowed places” that remind her of sacred relics and shrines from her childhood.
Communication faculty member Alyssa Schukar photographs a vibrant community living in a toxic environment in her new project, The Most Industrialized City, hoping to document the lives of the people she meets with empathy.
Television alum and Emmy nominee Lena Waithe ’06 discussed the value of queer writers during GLAAD’s panel on lesbian, gay, and bisexual trends on television, where she also learned she was the first black woman nominated for a comedy writing Emmy.
Columbia alums and members of rock group Friday Pilots Club Caleb Hiltunen ’17, Mike Fornari ’17, Ethan Mole ’17, and Spencer Rydholm ’17 discuss their writing chemistry, origins at Columbia, and their upcoming EP ahead of their performance at House of Blues on Wednesday, August 9.
Interdisciplinary Arts alum Matthew Marcum MA ’10 will present The Existential Emporium at this year’s Sideshow Fringe Festival, “an immersive live art exhibition that explores mindfulness as performance and allows the audience members to engage in meditative practices.”
Alum Mike Owens ’97 launched his animated series Danger & Eggs, starring Theatre alum Aidy Bryant ’09 and now streaming on Amazon Prime, after spending years animating for popular cartoons like Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.
Journalism alum Lee Bey ’88 will oversee the education department, its collections staff and exhibitions, and several strategic initiatives and museum planning projects as vice president of Chicago’s DuSable Museum, the largest caretaker of African American art, history, and culture in the nation.
Assistant professor at OSU and Photography alum Kerry Skarbakka MFA ’07 continues to create his art, overcoming rejections from past projects and focusing on collaboration this coming August in the exhibition Log Cabin Medley.
Film alum Barbara E. Allen ’75 will be the executive producer of The Experience with Dedry Jones, a live-studio audience television show that allows viewers to connect with some of Chicago’s most popular musicians and artists on the scene.
Film student Sophie Mannaerts joins Jo Yong-joo and Ha Joo-young in biking across the country as part of Triple A Project’s mission to raise awareness for WWII’s ‘comfort women’ by holding demonstrations in front of Japanese embassies.
American Sign Language Chair and Associate Professor Peter Cook was named to the Performing Arts Advisory Committee in order to help “improve the quality of [ASL] theater” at his alma mater, the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Theatre faculty member James Sherman’s comedic play, which runs through August 27 at the Piven Theatre, uses the neo-Nazi marches in Skokie in the late 70s as the backdrop to explore American Jewish identity.
Film alum and Lenscratch marketing director Katie Harwood ’05 talks about photography and “Everything is Fine Here,” her project using the transience of objects as a metaphor for the disintegration of a family.
Theatre alum and 2016 3Arts Award recipient Jess Godwin ’05 will perform popular Elton John songs on July 8th as part of a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road segment of the Artists Lounge Live series at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
Alum and faculty member Jonathan McReynolds ’11 “hopes to encourage the growth of artistic talent in higher education” by providing two $5000 scholarships to students in the African-American community.
Photography alum Rashid Johnson ’00 uses materials such as shea butter, black soap, and white ceramic tile to explore themes of race, identity, and escape in an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum through September 17th.
Interdisciplinary Arts alum Jamillah James ’05 is a featured curator for her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, citing Art and Art History associate professors Debra Parr and Amy Mooney as mentors.
Cinema Art and Science Associate Professor Dan Rybicky hosted the Chicago Community Trusts’s On the Table initiative, an event focused on ways to better foster LGBTQ inclusivity in cultural institutions.
Music Composition for the Screen alum and violinist Emer Kinsella MFA ’16 is interviewed about her journey from Dublin to Los Angeles and her compositions featured in Jungle, the forthcoming film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Cinema Art and Science Juan Carlos Valdivia's '87 2013 film Yvy Marley (Tierra sin Mal) will be screened at the Contemporary Latin America Film Show in Costa Rica to celebrate his work as a Bolivian filmmaker.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences professor Stephen Asma uses examples of sports figures, philosophers, and artists to discuss how improvising can enhance a person's ability to adapt to a specific environment for success.
Cinema Art and Science student Kelsey Sante's six-minute film Reach, which tells the story of a young woman suffering from panic attacks, will screen at the 20th annual Dances With Films festival June 1-11 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. More coverage at The Daily Herald.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum Rebecca Fons '08 discusses reopening the Iowa Theater and the cinematic history of major films like The Bridges of Madison County, which were filmed in her hometown of Winterset, Iowa.
Strategic Marketing and Communications email marketing manager Geoffrey Anderson discusses Glimmer, a social app he designed to be inclusive for users with disabilities, and how its international audience is helping build a strong community for its users.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography's #AiWeiwei exhibition, currently on display until July 2, is highlighted for the artist's political statements, activism, and use of social media to promote work like Leg Gun and Selfie.
Cinema Art and Science alum and director Bucher Almzain MFA '15 is interviewed on his film The Outcast, screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the value of bringing diverse cultural experiences to the big screen.
Photography alum Angela Pulido '05 discusses her exhibition "Spatial Testimonies," which explores the effect of people displaced by violence and will open on May 27 at Galería Cafam de Bellas Artes in Colombia.
Theatre faculty member Andra Velis Simon is the musical director for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, a play following a woman's attempt to quit smoking, which will premiere on May 9 at the Porchlight Theatre.
Theatre professor John Green directs Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices, "a spoken word play recital" that explores the efforts to protect the unique natural resources of the Indiana dune region on May 14.
The late Richard Kiphart HDR '17, former chair of the Board of Trustees and 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient, is remembered by his wife for his philanthropic and social justice passions, which helped to establish their family foundation.
Columbia Advertising, Communication and Journalism students win the Young Globals Student Competition, where they collaborated to create a campaign to raise awareness on the connections between unhealthy food, diversity, and type 2 diabetes. More coverage at Little Black Book.
The Dance Center announces it's 44th season of contemporary dance, which includes the return of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Doug Varone and Dancers, and more installments of the hip-hop mini festival B-Series. More coverage at Broadway World.
Interdisciplinary alum Jamillah James '05 discusses how she grew to love researching and engaging with art through the development of zines, radio shows, and house shows, which led to her curatorial career in Los Angeles.
Columbia's 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients are recognized for their achievements ahead of the Commencement ceremonies, including theatre director David Cromer, LGBT allies Judy and Dennis Shepard, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events commissioner Mark Kelly, and renowned painter Kerry James Marshall.
Columbia's Cinema Art and Science department is recognized as a leading film program for offering almost 200 undergraduate and graduate courses, its "diverse and comprehensive curriculum, and its extensive internship program.
Cinema Art and Science alum Matthew Richmond '03 initiates a campaign to complete a documentary about local German restaurant "Brauhaus," and how owners Harry and Guenter Kempf established their business over 30 years ago.
Alum and activist Angela Davis Fegan '15 discusses how she subverts gender stereotypes thorough letterpress printing and how venues like The Empty Bottle influence audience interactions with her Lavender Menace Project.
Cinema Art and Science alum Eric Anthony '09 works as a boom operator on local TV shows Empire, Chicago Fire, and Betrayal after learning the mechanics of sound mixing from technicians filming Public Enemies in 2009.
Members of the Columbia community are nominated for 2017 Jeff Awards, including associate professor Kendra Thulin, faculty member Michael Stanfill, accompanist George Howe, alum Ryan Bourque '09, and current students Tyler Franklin, Darren Patin, and Jon Martinez.
Music student Jeremy Gentry discusses becoming the first live-in "Musician-In-Residence" at the Exhibit on Superior, where he will perform original compositions, take requests from apartment tenants, and live rent-free for a year.
Cinema Art and Science students Jonathan Levert and Marquise Davion share how former President Obama inspires them to create change in the community during a panel discussion at the University of Chicago. More coverage at Chicago Sun-Times and Standard Examiner.
Creative Writing part-time faculty member Randy Albers celebrates critic, essayist, and teacher Donna Seamen's contributions to writing ahead of her upcoming book release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.
American Sign Language associate professor K.Saunders performed a one-man comedy show at the Deaf Cultural Celebration held at the Iowa School for the Deaf, which aims to develop awareness of deaf culture.
Theatre alum Coco Ree Lemery '12 is the recipient of "The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award" at the 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration for her work on over 500 projects.
Columbia's Film Row Cinema will host the International Screenwriter's Association Master Series Seminar "TV Weekend From Concept to Studio Deal," which will discuss building a TV career within the Chicago film industry from May 5-7.
This year's Honorary Degree Recipient and renowned painter Kerry James Marshall is listed among Time's "100 Most Influential People" for his narrative paintings depicting the black experience, including his recent exhibition, Mastry.
Columbia student filmmakers will participate in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which features over 25 short documentary and narrative films from up-and-coming international filmmakers. More coverage at Yahoo!
Cinema Art and Science alum Arlen Parsa '09 shares his experience filming for his first feature-length-movie, The Way to Andina, which tells the story of his late grandfather's efforts to bring the 1933 opera, Three Spanish Dances, to Chicago Symphony Orchestra's stage.
Business and Entrepreneurship student Tyler Bradley receives "Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Year led By a Student"at the Future Founders first Entrepreneurship U awards for his contributions to the start-up community.
Photography faculty member Brad Temkin has been named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for his photographs of contemporary landscapes, which have been featured in Aperture, Black & White Magazine, and European Photography.
Cinema Art and Science alum Daniel Kibblesmith '05 discusses his new comic series Quantum and Woody, a pair of interracial superhero brothers who grapple with racial tensions, superpowers, and family issues.
Design alum Ryan Blake '10 discusses how he used his past experience designing video games like "Man of Steel" and "World War Z" in his current job at Level Ex, where he designs anatomical simulations for doctors to study.
Communication alum Kristen Radtke '08 explores her family's medical history in her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This, where she uses abandoned places to create a thumbnail history of the character's stories.
Cinema Art and Science part-time faculty member and alum Marc Menet ’03 will be honored at Oakton Community College’s first Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony for his work that has appeared on Showtime, PBS, NBC, and others.
Dance alum Ann Marie Snow '12 designs Highland Park Players Triple Threat musical theater workshop program, which will provide children with "insights and coaching that will enhance their talents for musical theater auditions and performances."
Former Cinema Art and Science student Rhyan LaMarr adds to the trend of filming in Chicago with Canal Street, saying “there are certain stories that need to be created by people who are from Chicago.” More coverage at NewsDog.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences professor Dominic Pacyga’s book Chicago: A History is cited in the case for the annexation of Chicago suburbs, which could help Chicago maintain its status as a "global city."
Art and Art History associate professor Debra Parr discusses the relationship between art and scent at Dinner Party, an art exhibition where smells are used to create a sensory experience for the audience.
Theatre alum Sean Patrick Leonard '97 discusses the inspiration for Rockabye, a short film which deals with family and grief after a car accident leaves a father a single parent. More coverage at NewsDog.
Honorary Degree Recipient and Namibian President Hage Geinob HDR '94 will open the 58th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, which will encourage business networking to promote industrial development on April 28.
The Dance Center of Columbia debuts Liz Gerring's Horizon, a performance showcasing a continuous hour of dancing by Gerri's company of seven which combines modern dance with contemporary movements on April 7-8.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography presents the #AiWeiwei exhibition which will trace the evolution of his work with 25,000 prints and digital images from significant bodies of work like Selfie, Leg Gun, and Weiweicam from April 13-July 2.
Professor and Photography Department chair Peter Fitzpatrick heads up a workshop teaching local Wilson kids the basics of photography in conjunction with Eyes on Main Street, an outdoor photo festival.
Photography adjunct faculty member and Center for Community Arts Partnerships Teaching Artist Krista Wortendyke's work, Killing Season of Chicago, depicts the sites of local homicides from 172 victims in 2010 and will be featured at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art on April 14.
Cinema Art and Science adjunct faculty member Mark Schimmel participated in the "TV Academy Career Day" at Columbia on April 1, where television professionals discussed internships, educational requirements, and the need for local television jobs.
Cambridge Education Group is offering students conditional admission to partner institutions, including Columbia by providing English language preparation courses and counseling services to assist in applying to their university of choice.
Columbia's senior financial analyst Jessica Davenport Williams, Journalism alum Jazzy Davenport '10 and Khadijah Warfield discuss the importance of creating a space for women of color to interact and develop community in their organization, Black Women Break Bread. More coverage at She Knows.
Dance associate professor Bonnie Brooks will moderate the "Living Dance Dialogue," where former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members will share their experiences of traveling, training and working in a rigorous company.
English senior lecturer Jim DeRogatis is mentioned for his contribution on discussing how controversy and activism assisted in building Pearl Jam's music legacy in his book, Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Explosion of the 90's.
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller pens an article contrasting the impact of losing librarians who serve as educational mentors in public schools with the fictional dystopia in Fahrenheit 451.
Theatre adjunct faculty member Joanie Schultz-Milioto directs Queen, a play which explores conversations surrounding climate change, race and friendship through two doctoral candidates seeking to protect the planet.
Advertising, Communication and Journalism students are finalists for the Young Global Student Competition, where they collaborated to create a campaign to raise awareness on the correlation between unhealthy food, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Alum Angela Davis Fegan '15 discusses the inspiration behind her Lavender Menace poster project, which combines queer-visibility politics with art objects and are easily displayed in locations like a bar or bathroom.
Theatre alums Joe Reitsma '08 and Cody Estle '11 will star as a couple dealing with marital problems while parenting their two sons after Hurricane Sandy wrecks their home in By the Water, currently showing at Northlight Theatre through April 23. More coverage at Chicago Tribune.
Columbia will host the launch of "Startup Weekend Chicago for Creative Enterprises," which consists of 54-hour events designed to provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs from March 31-April 2.
Theatre alum Shea Couleé (Jaren Merrell) '11 discusses how drag has evolved over time and the influence of 1990's supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Iman and Grace Jones as inspiration for her personal style. More coverage at Chicago Tribune.
Cinema Art and Science student and photographer Jake Osmun shares the biggest influences that helped develop his style and how he created relationships with artists like Vic Mensa, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
Cinema Art and Science alums John Corcoran '11 and Ram Getz '13 will co-write Teammate: My Life In Baseball, a film adaptation of Cubs catcher David Ross's upcoming book, which focuses on his 15-year career leading up to the 2016 World Series.
Ahead of his headlining performance at the Chicago Improv Festival from March 27- April 2, former student Scott Adsit shares how Chicago inspires him to encourage young improvisers to experiment with their craft.
Cinema Art and Science alum Eddie O'Keefe '09 will participate in the Chicago International Television Festival where he will premiere When the Street Lights Go On, a murder mystery narrated through the viewpoint of a 15-year-old-boy.
Assistant director of diversity recruitment Precious Davis shares how her experience as the first transgender bride on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress helped share her authentic story as a trans woman who found love.
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller shares eight creative secrets he learned in the 12 years he spent shadowing and writing as Ray Bradbury's biographer, which he incorporates into his workshops and crafts as a teacher.
Columbia will adopt a global entrepreneur-in-residence program which allows sponsorship for students to obtain H1-B visas and work in occupation with technical expertise. More coverage at Business Standardand Chicago Sun-Times.
Theatre alum Shea Couleé (Jaren Merrell) '11 discusses her experience preparing for her upcoming role as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race and how the support of the local drag community has helped develop her craft. More coverage at Chicagoist
Audio Arts and Acoustics associate chair and professor Benj Kanters will speak on a panel regarding how artists and engineers can sustain healthy hearing and how to prevent damage at South By Southwest on March 17. More coverage at Living Design Online.
Columbia Fashion students participated in a week-long challenge from the Department of Aviation to create fashionable looks from recycled airline materials, which will be on display at O'Hare for the month of March.
Alum Ruben Aguirre '02 discusses the impact of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals, which adds vibrancy to the South Loop and features murals from Illustration alum Heidi Unkefer '13 and Photography alum Don't Fret '10.
Future student Maya Esparza is selected as an Illinois finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for her fundraising efforts with Keys for Kids, which benefits patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Creative Writing associate professor Don DeGrazia co-writes The Creatives, a pop-opera stage production with playwright Irvine Welsh which features music from Iggy Pop, New Order, Simple Minds, Oasis and Chance The Rapper.
Theatre alum '95 and Honorary Degree Recipient Chester Gregory HDR '15 will reprise his role as Berry Gordy for Motown the Musical, which tells the story behind Motown legends shaping America through music.
Cinema Art and Science professor Doreen Bartoni and associate professor Daniel Rybicky will lead a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary Sonita, which tells the story of Sonita Alizadeh escaping a forced marriage.
Cinema Art and Science associate professor Kevin Cooper will produce Bury the Lead, a drama based on a journalist fabricating a compelling news story in his attempts to gain a Pulitzer Prize. More coverage at Screen Mag.
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Honorary Degree Recipient and poet Gwendolyn Brooks HDR '64 will be honored with a centennial tribute celebration at The University of Chicago from April 6-8 in honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth.
The Malpaso Dance Company artistic director Osnel Delgado discusses collaboration with company dancers performing in Indomitable Waltz and 24 Hours and a Dog at The Dance Center March 9-11. More coverage at Chicagoist.
Cinema Art and Science alum Jordan Vogt-Roberts '06 discusses how despite being from the Midwest, studying film at Columbia allowed him to pursue his dream of directing major motion pictures in Hollywood. More coverage at Yahoo! News.
Dance associate chair and professor Paige Cunningham Caldarella reflects on the mental and physical challenges of being a Merce Cunningham dancer (2000-2004) for Merce Cunningham: Common Time, on display through April 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum and actress Nadine Velazquez '01 discusses her new History Channel series Six, which explores the lives of Navy Seals, and how she implements her Chicago roots into her characters.
Theatre student Megan Magensky and Journalism students Bianca Cahue and Maria Cardona share their experience interviewing retirees who reflect on advice they would give their younger selves regarding financial responsibility.
Business and Entrepreneurship student Brianna Davis serves as sister Kianna Davis' muse in Only the Good II, a painting featured in the 2017 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Photography adjunct faculty member Cecil McDonald explores various themes around human interaction and experience in a world of haves and have-nots in a set of programs entitled "Stuff" as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Marketing Communications email marketing manager Geoffrey Anderson discusses Glimmer, a social app he designed to be inclusive for users with physical and cognitive disabilities. More coverage at The Star Online.