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Category: Guest Speakers

Claire Rice Encourages Students to Stand Up for Creativity

By Tate Glover What comes to mind when you think about the word advocacy? This is the challenge that Claire Rice, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois, opened with during her visit to MSLCE’s Arts, Public Purpose, and Policy class this past Tuesday. Founded in 1982 to defend public funding for the arts, Arts Alliance

MSLCE Professor Gregg Latterman Talks Music Industry and the Digital Age in Fireside Chat

By Nick Roman The Fray, Michelle Branch, Five for Fighting, and Brandi Carlisle are few of the many artists that MSLCE Professor Gregg Latterman discovered in his career as a music and entertainment entrepreneur. Latterman, who teaches the Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries course, recently sat down with MSLCE students to chat about the history

USA President and CEO Talks Supporting Artists During MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob Nelson Deana Haggag is the president and CEO of United States Artists (USA), a fundraising organization that grants fellowships to artists in different fields and from different backgrounds across the country. (USA recently announced its 2018 awards.) During Thursday night’s first Speaker Series event of 2018, Haggag described the origins of USA. The

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Executive Director Criss Henderson to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson Criss Henderson has held only one “real” job throughout his adult artistic career – as Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s executive director. After nearly three decades, he still finds both of these facts surprising. “At 25, Shakespeare was the last theatrical genre I saw myself hitching my wagon to,” Henderson said during a recent

United States Artists President and CEO Deana Haggag to Speak at Next MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob Nelson Deana Haggag joined United States Artists (USA), a Chicago-based nonprofit that funds American artists across a variety of disciplines, so she could learn more about “how artists come to exist in this country.” Before becoming the organization’s president and CEO, Haggag worked as the executive director for Baltimore’s The Contemporary, a nomadic

Greg Cameron Discusses Turning Around the Joffrey Ballet During MSLCE Speaker Series

By Jacob Nelson What makes an arts organization successful? According to Joffrey Ballet Executive Director Greg Cameron, an organization’s success depends on three points: leaning towards the mission, developing an aligned team, and creating collaborations with external partners. “The minute the mission of the organization becomes compromised in anyway is when trouble creeps in,” Cameron

Disney Director John Musker Talks Making ‘Moana’ and Skyping with Lin-Manuel Miranda During Northwestern Event

By Nick Roman Moana, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Aladdin, and The Fox and the Hound: what do all of these have in common?  Sure, they are favorites among Disney fans of all ages. However, they also demonstrate the creative genius of John Musker, who recently spoke at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. School of Communication students got to listen

Greg Cameron to Speak Nov. 30 at MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob Nelson Before becoming the executive director of the Joffrey Ballet, Greg Cameron worked for a variety of museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) and the Art Institute of Chicago. But before all that, he founded a different kind of museum… in his childhood basement.

Field Foundation President Angelique Power Discusses Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity at MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob Nelson During the most recent MSLCE Speaker Series event, Field Foundation President Angelique Power asked the audience to define the terms “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “equity.” When the attendees struggled to respond, she asked them to imagine they owned a restaurant. “Diversity is like keeping your restaurant completely the same and inviting a few

Next MSLCE Speaker Series Event: Field Foundation President Angelique Power

By Jacob Nelson On paper, Angelique Power’s career seems like a natural ascension from nonprofit management positions to her current role as President of the Field Foundation. The reality is more complicated. “I fell into my career, like many of us do,” Power said during a recent interview. Power, who will be discussing her professional