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Medill Events

Thank you for your interest in Medill events. We are currently planning remote events that will be open to the public. As they are scheduled, we will add them to this page.


Genus Americanus: Three Medillians drive 14,000 Miles in Search of America's Identity

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Online

Join former Medill Dean, Loren Ghiglione and his co-authors Alyssa Karas and Dan Tham as they discuss their new book,

"Genus Americanus, Hitting the Road in Search of America’s Identity"

What unites and what divides us? What is the essence of American identity?

“Loren Ghiglione’s passion for journalism and education informs every page of Genus Americanus, as he and his two students crisscross the country, giving voice to our collective psyche on matte... (more)


Emmett Till 65 Years Later: Looking Back and Looking Forward-Medill Associate Professor Christopher Benson

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Online

Event presented by Northwestern Alumni Association

August 28, 2020 marks the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till's murder. George Floyd's murder has been compared to Emmett's. What has changed in the past 65 years, and what work still needs to be done?This event will be using the Zoom webinar platform and registrants will receive a link to the event upon registration. 

Christopher Benson is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime T... (more)


IMC Agency v. Client

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Online

A dynamic discussion about the benefits and challenges of working on both the agency and the client side of the desk. Keynote from Andrew Swinand, CEO of Leo Burnett and industry leader with experience at Publicis, Procter & Gamble and much more. Following the keynote, we will host an exceptional panel of experts for a lively Q & A and small group networking.


Andrew Swinand is the CEO of Leo Burnett Group and runs the Central Region for Pub... (more)


A Night with Northwestern-Election Panel

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Online

The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) has compiled an expert panel of accomplished journalists to share their perspectives on the American political landscape and the outcome of the 2020 election. Join us for this complimentary virtual event.

Lynn Sweet ’75 MS, Washington bureau chief and columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, will moderate an alumni panel featuring the following:

Nikole Killion ’99, ’99 MS, Correspondent, CBS News
Tyler Pager ’17, Nat... (more)


2020 Cecilia Vaisman Award Presentation and Discussion with winner Maria Inés Zamudio

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Online

Presentation of the Cecilia Vaisman Award and conversation with winner Maria Inés Zamudio, reporter for WBEZ Radio.

The Cecilia Vaisman Award honors the legacy of late Medill Associate Professor and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) member Cecilia Vaisman, an audio journalism leader who inspired countless students to pursue careers in video and audio journalism.


Making it Dope: Driving Cultural Relevancy in Modern Marketing

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Online

This event is Part 1 of the new DEI Leadership in Marketing Series

Join us for a vibrant and energetic discussion with Lizette Williams, head of global marketing at Facebook.  Lizette’s comments will focus on the pioneering use of music, sports and entertainment to elevate a brand with cultural infusion.  Prior to Facebook, Lizette led cultural-relevance initiatives at McDonald’s, Kimberly Clark and PepsicCo.  She will also describe how she landed the posi... (more)