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Medill kicks off centennial celebration with Trivia Night Feb. 8

Founded on Feb. 8, 1921, Medill is celebrating its centennial with a year of activities.

Which event did not occur within four years of Medill’s dedication (between 1917 and 1925)?

A) Adoption of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote

B) The start of prohibition

C) Awarding of the first Pulitzer Prizes

D) Invention of the linotype machine that revolutionized newspaper production

E) Outbreak of the so-called Spanish Flu

The answer is D.

The linotype machine had already revolutionized the newspaper industry when the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications opened on Feb. 8, 1921.

To kick off the Medill Centennial and celebrate its official birthday, the school is inviting students and alumni, history buffs, news junkies and anyone with Northwestern University purple coursing through their veins to look back at 100 years together at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8 for Medill Trivia night. The event is open to the public. No registration is required, and there will be prizes.

Hosted by Garin Flowers ’11, an Emmy-nominated and AP Award-winning journalist, who was recently a contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” and Professor Emeritus Roger Boye — with special guest appearances by Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and Provost Kathleen Hagerty — the event marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration featuring speakers, research and celebratory events through spring of 2022. The theme for the year is “Unparalleled Past, Unlimited Future.”

“For 100 years, Medill has trained the world’s best storytellers,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker, a longtime faculty member and Medill alumnus. “Whether they are journalists who record the first draft of history or marketers blending data with creativity, Medill students and alumni craft the narratives of the events, people and brands that populate and animate our world. I am proud of what we’ve collectively accomplished in our first 100 years, and am excited by the work we’re doing to prepare for our next 100 years.”

Medill is marking its Centennial in myriad ways, including a dedicated Centennial website, which includes a timeline of its history, alumni memories, ways for people to get involved with the Centennial celebration and thoughts from faculty about where Medill will go in the next 100 years.