Significant Gift Made to the Northwestern Writing Program

The Writing Program of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences was renamed the Bobbie and Stanton Cook Family Writing Program on May 13, 2015, after the Cook family made a significant gift to the program that touches every part of Northwestern.

John Anderson named co-director of the Segal Design Certificate Program

John Anderson, one of our affiliated faculty, has just been named co-director of the Segal Design Certificate Program, along with Stacy Benjamin. The Design Certificate is available to any Northwestern undergraduate who wants to work on design in a team-based, cross-disciplinary setting. Information on the program can be found at

Edith Rosen Skom, 1929 - 2016

Writing Program faculty remember with joy and sadness our former colleague and friend, Edith Skom, who taught in the Program for over 30 years. Edie was a dedicated teacher and mystery writer who brought wit, compassion, and intelligence to us and to her many students. For more on Edie’s life and accomplishments, see

Leslie Fischer Receives Digital Technology Grant

She is developing new material to support student engagement in Design Thinking and Communication (DTC).

Phyllis Lassner Awarded International Fellowship

As the Diamond Jubilee Fellowship recipient, she gave the keynote address at a symposium at Southampton University, UK.