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Winter 2021
After a number of parts in “big-swing comedies,” Kathryn Hahn ’95 moved to more substantial roles that cemented her place as a sought-after star. It’s clear now that she’s in love with her work: the deep dives into character, the exploration and messiness each role brings, the dedication to her fellow actors — and the creative magic that results.

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Acclaimed poet and Northwestern alumna Angela Jackson is Illinois' fifth poet laureate. Previous poet laureates include Carl Sandburg and Jackson's idol, Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Conductor, composer and arranger Kevin Vondrak talks about his new arrangement of Northwestern's “Alma Mater,” his love of a cappella, and how his job as a conductor and artistic associate with The Crossing, a grammy winning choir based in Philadelphia, has changed during COVID-19.

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In order to avoid being deported to Korea, in the midst of a pandemic, world-class pianist EunAe Lee must convince Immigration and Naturalization Service officials that her unique gifts at the piano are an asset to the music community here in the U.S.

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Ziwe Fumudoh ’14 has re-created appointment TV in the streaming era with her Thursday night Instagram Live show. In the sharply funny, confrontational and often wildly uncomfortable show, Fumudoh interviews celebrity guests to get at their implicit biases and start conversations about race and racism.

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Northwestern gave Bill Healy the skills and the confidence to pursue a career as a journalist. It also gave him an opportunity to return to the classroom, where he teaches students to find genuine emotion that cuts to the core of our shared humanity.

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In the early days of the pandemic, Whitney Owens quickly pivoted the Cincinnati Museum Center’s three institutions — the Duke Energy Children's Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and Museum of Natural History & Science — to virtual programming.

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Through award-winning mystery novels and popular TV scripts, Attica Locke tells stories of Black Americans’ experiences that probe the inequities of class and race.

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Following leads from England to Australia to Mexico, Jim Berkenstadt ’78 traveled the world looking for Jimmie Nicol, the drummer who subbed for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr for two weeks in 1964, at the height of Beatlemania — then disappeared.

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Jenny Shi’s award-winning, feature-length documentary follows the disappearance of Yingying Zhang and her family’s search for justice. Shi spent two years working on the film, Finding Yingying, which won the South by Southwest Film Festival 2020 Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice.

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