Donna Brazile and Sean Spicer

Friday, August 23, 2019

Northeastern Illinois University’s Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series will return next month with a discussion between Donna Brazile and Sean Spicer about the next presidential election, to be moderated by Phil Ponce. Read more about the high-profile event, a faculty member’s new novel and Move-In Day at The Nest in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Donna Brazile and Sean Spicer

Veteran political strategist Donna Brazile and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will participate in a discussion about the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections as Northeastern presents the sixth installment of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 12. Politics, the Press, and the Presidential Election: A Discussion with Donna Brazile and Sean Spicer will be moderated by Phil Ponce, host of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Book jacket image: The words Hard Mouth and Amanda Goldblatt are intertwined with a kaleidoscopic arrangement of tree trunks and leaves

‘Hard Mouth’

Long before Amanda Goldblatt was an instructor in the Department of English, she had an idea for a novel. “In 2011, my father was diagnosed with cancer,” Goldblatt said. “I needed to find some way to manage or refract my fear of my parent’s mortality and, by extension, my own. I’m lucky that he went into remission quite quickly, within nine months, but at the time I was still left with a deepened awareness of mortality and what it felt like to contemplate losing a parent.” Through that experience, Goldblatt found the narrator for what eventually became her first novel, “Hard Mouth,” published by Counterpoint Press. The book has drawn local and national attention from the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and the Chicago Reader, among others.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern has launched a new Goldie Bucks Meal Plan that is available to students, faculty and staff. All purchases made using Goldie Bucks are sales-tax free, and users receive a 5% bonus each time Goldie Bucks funds are added.
  • Center for College Access and Success Video Education Department Manager Luis Valenzuela published an essay in Revista del ICP, Puerto Rico's most important cultural magazine.
  • CCAS GEAR UP Parent Advocate Alma Vargas was presented with the Family Leader of the Year Award during the NCCEP/GEAR UP national conference in July.

In the media

  • WGN Radio (6-minute mark), WBEZ and WTTW covered the study published by Associate Professor of Biology Aaron Schirmer and six co-researchers about the effects of artificial light on urban wildlife in Chicago.
  • interviewed Associate Professor of Economics Michael Wenz for a story about the possible introduction of slot machines at Chicago’s airports.
  • WTTW and Picture this Post reviewed Ensemble Español’s Dance for Life performance that was dedicated to late founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

To do

Coming next week!


Instagram takeover: Follow Melanie Glover on Friday August 23 as she takes over @neiulife instastory to give you a peek at move-in day at Northeastern!

Move-In Day at The Nest

It's Move-In Day at The Nest! See it through the eyes of graduate student and Student Government Association President Melanie Glover, who is sharing her move-in day moments as she takes over NEIU’s Instagram story.

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