People & Profiles
Our Next President
Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was named the 17th president of Northwestern University by the Board of Trustees last October. Blank is an internationally renowned economist and researcher on poverty and the low-income labor market, and her appointment marks a return to Northwestern, where she served on the economics department faculty from 1989 to 1999.
Testing His Medal
Federico Burdisso made Northwestern history when he claimed two Olympic medals in Tokyo last July. The Italian swimmer became the first Northwestern athlete in 65 years to medal at the Olympics while enrolled at the University and the first Wildcat to medal since Matt Grevers ’09 earned two golds and a silver at the 2012 Games.
A Long-Distance Internship
When Kim Weisensee Brown ’08, ’09 MS needed content creation help for her Chicago-based nonprofit, she turned to Northwestern to find an intern. To her surprise, she found the perfect fit more than 7,000 miles away: Benjamin Mwangi, a junior at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Pop Culture Curator
Juliet Litman ’08 always figured she’d be an English professor, not a pop culture authority. But thanks to a nudge from her Northwestern adviser, Litman is now The Ringer's head of production and a creative force in the making of pop culture and sports content and commentary that goes well beyond fandom.
Hungry for Home
Five international students share what foods they miss most from their home countries.
Beneath the Paint
Dwight White II’s new mural in the renovated Black House is about what you can see — and so much more.
A New Game Plan
In August 2020 the Washington Football Team named the 38-year-old Jason Wright the franchise’s president, making him the first Black president in NFL history. His combination of on-the-field NFL experience and corporate boardroom chops made him an ideal candidate to guide the team’s cultural and business transformation.
Chatting with … Mara Lieberman
Mara Lieberman ’98 MA, executive artistic director of Bated Breath Theatre Company, created Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec, an interactive, outdoor performance that brings 1899 Paris to the streets of New York City.
A Safe Haven
In 1983 Nedda Jefferson Simon opened Freedom House, a walk-in domestic and sexual violence shelter in Wyanet, Ill., a village two hours west of Chicago. Serving more than 30,000 survivors to date, the shelter has moved three times to expand its services.
Alumni Leader: Q&A with Joseph Sun ’96 MBA
Joseph Sun ’96 MBA, president of the NU Club of Taiwan, shares what brought him from Taipei, Taiwan, to Evanston and what has kept him connected to the Northwestern community for more than 20 years.