Fall 2017

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As an art history major, I look with great interest at the architectural changes and additions at Northwestern. In the summer 2017 issue there were two pieces on buildings — a short news item on NU-Q’s new building [“New Home for NU-Q,” Campus Life, page 11] and six pages (counting the inside front cover spread) on Kellogg’s Global Hub [“A Hub Above,” Now, and “Kellogg’s Crown Jewel”]. There was no credit or acknowledgement given to the architects in either piece, each touting the outstanding building features and sustainable design. I doubt you would discuss a book without mention of the author.
This is not the first article in the magazine about architecture that omitted credit for the architects. Unfortunately, omissions of this kind occur in too many U.S. general-interest publications, which is why my firm — as pointed out in Class Notes [page 50] in the same issue — champions the cause of architects.
Julie D. Taylor ’82
Los Angeles

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Class Note of the Day

Natasha Tarpley ’98 JD of Chicago left the legal profession to become a children’s book author. She wrote two new middle-grade novels, The Harlem Charade (Scholastic Press, 2017) and Selma Takes the Stage (2017), a book that she independently published through Voonderbar! Books, a multicultural children’s media project that she started with her mother to increase the diversity of stories and depictions of kids of color in literature. The Harlem Charade is a mystery set in contemporary New York City with three seventh-grade protagonists who are culturally diverse and come from diverse family and economic circumstances. Selma Takes the Stage includes a cast of sixth-graders who attend school in Evanston. The book is about friendship and having the courage to be who you are and let your talents shine. In her works, Tarpley wants to create confident female characters and characters of color who have their own story arcs.

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