Significant gifts announced this month will bolster integrative medicine at Northwestern and establish a new named professorship and debate series at the University’s Law School.

Northwestern Integrative Medicine will now be named the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University, in recognition of a multi-million dollar gift from San Francisco businessman Bernard Osher.

The gift will help the center advance medical education, collaborate on research initiatives, and create innovative clinical models of care, including supportive care related to cancer and heart treatment.

The gift will connect Northwestern with the three existing Osher Centers for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; at Harvard Medical School with a clinical program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The integrative medicine program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine also is becoming an Osher Center. All five institutions are committed to creating and furthering programs that focus on research, education and clinical care in integrative medicine.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern is the University’s only official center for integrative medicine. It provides integrative medicine consults, integrative primary care, traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, body and energy work, health psychology, mind-body medicine, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, and a diverse array of wellness classes.

Northwestern has also received gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a named Law School professorship in honor of Newton N. Minow, a Northwestern alumnus, life trustee and professor emeritus. The gifts will also be used to establish the Newton N. Minow Debates at the Law School.


The endowment is funded by a consortium of Minow’s personal friends, fellow Northwestern alumni, and colleagues at Sidley Austin LLP — an international legal services firm headquartered in Chicago, where Minow is senior counsel. 

The Minow Debates likely will be held at the Law School every other year and will engage outside experts, law school faculty and/or students in debate on important and timely legal topics. Minow is the originator of the televised U.S. presidential debates, which inspired the idea to honor his legacy with a permanent debate program at his alma mater.

In 1961, while serving as Federal Communications Commission chairman, Minow referred to television as a “vast wasteland” in a landmark speech still remembered today.

“Newt has been an integral part of the Northwestern family since his undergraduate days here, and since then has had extraordinary influence in the world,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro.

Minow earned his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and his J.D. in 1950, both from Northwestern. He currently is the Walter Annenberg Professor Emeritus at the University. He joined the Northwestern University Board of Trustees in 1975 and became a life trustee in 1987.

Visit the Northwestern News Center for more information about the Osher gift and the gifts honoring Minow.