Robert J. Zimmer (1947–2023)

The 13th president exemplified leadership and forged a stronger University of Chicago.

Well versed

Chicu Reddy’s life in poetry.

Time after time

In May Alumni Weekend–goers enjoyed lasting traditions and a few new twists.

Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap: An oral history

Patrons, staff, and friends of the fabled neighborhood bar tell its story.

Librarian for the people

Under the leadership of Carla D. Hayden, AM’77, PhD’87, a revered institution is connecting Americans with their country through its treasures. Plus: “A Few of Her Favorite Things.”


Reflections from John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, on three decades leading the College.

Some drum

In 1938 Big Bertha answered the Big Apple’s call.

Sounds reborn

How the University of Chicago Folk Festival built its own tradition. Plus: “The Dylan Mystery.”

Love letters from Paris

For 50 years Janet Flanner, EX 1914 (1892–1978), shared her witty, sharp observations of Europe with New Yorker readers.

Complicating the narrative

In her histories of globalism, migration, families, and children, Tara Zahra reveals the fine cracks in foundational stories.

The collector

David Fulton, SB’64, has owned some of history’s most treasured violins, violas, and cellos. Now he’s telling their stories—and his own.

Setting the scene

Rich Murray, AB’94, finds the stuff of life for beloved TV characters.

It was written in the stars

Astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910–95) illuminated stellar evolution.

Preserve and connect

With an eye on digital and traditional resources alike, Torsten Reimer is leading the UChicago Library into a complex future.

Drawing on research

Chemist Bozhi Tian’s art and science recast reality.

A little bird told me

How a Twitter conversation led to a new trilingual children’s book.

The right cuts

Academy Award–winning editor Lisa Fruchtman’s (AB’70) life in film.

Rooted in Justice

The “grandfather of restorative justice” looks back on a career spent advocating for change.

Notes on a crime

Dental expert turned forensic scientist Wilmer Souder, PhD 1916 (1884–1974), testified against mobsters, fraudsters, and murderers.

Greetings, Maroons!

Ringing in the New Year in rhyme.

Theory in practice

Nobel laureate Michael Kremer is building up development economics at UChicago.

Eyes on the story

Rebecca Jarvis, AB’03, put her journalistic “Spidey sense” to work unearthing the secrets of Theranos.

Front lines

An emergency physician reflects on racism, COVID-19, and the art of healing.

Stamps of approval

Joining past UChicagoans, Katharine Graham, AB’38, receives an accolade that will stick.

Alumni Weekend 2022: Together again

Reunited, and it felt so good.

Radical refusal

Lee Lozano, AB’51 (1930–99), began her career as a painter and ended as the artist who wouldn’t.

Narrative bodies

A Special Collections exhibition charts medical history through its imagery.

A writer, lost and found

Nearly a century after it was banned, Gertrude Beasley’s (AM 1918) memoir of her Texas upbringing reaches a new generation of readers.

Family doctor

Trained as a cochlear implant surgeon, Dana Suskind has taken on a new role as an advocate for American parents.

Recipe for success

Mealtime conversation with the Korean Vegan.

Off the shelf

Selling books is unlike selling anything else. The Seminary Co-op director counts the ways.

Opening words

Scenes and voices from the inauguration of President Paul Alivisatos, AB’81.

One hundred years of global aid

A course tackles the history of efforts to do good abroad.

Comic relief

With Work in Progress, Abby McEnany, AB’92, created an unconventional sitcom for anyone who feels different.

Optimal quitting

An economist’s advice on when to fold your hand in favor of the next opportunity.

Interior monologue

Decorator and pulp writer Richard Himmel, EX’42 (1920–2000), had a private eye for design.

C Vitae: Freedom-minded

John A. Peoples Jr., AM’51, PhD’61, helped Jackson State endure and thrive after tragedy.

Magnifying vision

As a scientist, Paul Alivisatos, AB’81, studies ultrasmall structures. As UChicago’s 14th president, he sees big opportunities.

In Memoriam: Change agent

Remembering Hugo Sonnenschein, 1940–2021.

Board work

A photographer captures the beauty of mathematicians’ chalk experiments.

Legacy: Undercover man

Sam Greenlee, EX’57 (1930–2014), distinguished himself as a Foreign Service Officer, then found his true mission as a radical writer.