The University’s botanic garden celebrates its 20th anniversary.


(Noun, an author or editor of a dictionary)

Hot pursuit

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe gets ready to meet a star.

Book smart

Jeff Deutsch has a plan to save the Seminary Co-op.

Northern light

From his first trip north as the youngest hand on a two-masted schooner, anthropologist Ernest “Tiger” Burch Jr., AM’63, PhD’66, was driven to learn about the Arctic and its peoples.

Lingua franca

What if you took a language class and actually learned to speak?

Free verse

Mitsuye Yamada, AM’53, transformed her family’s internment experience into poetry.

Infinite possibilities

How Ken Ono, AB’89, found life in and outside of math.

Bodies of work

Photographer Lewis Hine, EX 1904, captured the changing face of American labor.

All American

Henry Steele Commager (1902–1998), PhB’23, AM’24, PhD’28, was a US historian for the people.

In harmony

How Lucy Kaplansky, LAB’78, made a career of folk music.

No small talent

In the 1960s the Small School Talent Search sought promising young scholars in rural areas. Fifty years later, one of those students gives his perspective on the program and its legacy.

Grass roots

Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman Jr., AB’85, advocates for off-track Thoroughbreds.

War stories

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, AB’03, shoots from the front lines.

Out in front

Pioneering pathologist Nancy Warner, SB’44, MD’49, is helping other women scholars follow in her path.

Epic beginnings

Launched in 2007 with an anonymous $100 million gift, the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge has transformed financial aid in the College. Meet six of the young people whose lives were also changed.

Big thinker

Nobelist James Cronin twice expanded our sense of the possible, first in particle physics and then in astronomical observation.

Social creatures

In blues clubs, cocktail bars, and zoos, David Grazian, AM’96, PhD’00, investigates the artifice of authenticity.

Beyond borders

Olufunmilayo Olopade is attacking cancer from all sides.

Age of enlightenment

The Transcendental Meditation movement’s goals were utopian but life for its followers wasn’t always blissful, Claire Hoffman, AM’05, writes in a new memoir. Plus—“The Field of All Possibilities”: An excerpt from Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.

His current quest

John B. Goodenough, SM’50, PhD’52, the father of the lithium-ion battery, sparked the wireless revolution. Now, at 94, he’s working on the next breakthrough.

Peripheral vision

The iconic photographs of Danny Lyon, AB’63, document more than 50 years of social change and life outside the mainstream.

Vote of confidence

A start-up founded by three alumni helps voters think beyond the presidential race.

Safe harbor

Poet and retired Navy physician Frederick Foote, AB’80, is helping wounded veterans recover.

Storied publisher

The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, AB’38, learned as she went—and made history along the way.


Of morals and markets

Reflections on teaching business ethics at Chicago Booth after the financial crisis.

A singular discovery

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves a century ago. Daniel Holz was part of the team of scientists that finally found them last fall.

Radical curiosity

Poet and novelist Ana Castillo, AM'79, on feminism, writing, and a momentous education.

The node knows

The Array of Things takes Chicago’s pulse.

Documentary vision

For 50 years, Kartemquin Films has focused its lenses on social forces and the human lives they shape.


Landmark $100 million gift creates The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Pearson Global Forum

Data-driven research at the global institute will spur new insights into violent conflict and inform public policy.

Start with what you got

At the Arts Incubator, creative minds build on the cultural wealth of Chicago’s South Side.

Mortal thoughts

Doctors are taught to fight death—but it’s a losing battle. Some are looking beyond biomedicine to help them better communicate with patients about the end of life.

Grace notes

Katherine Dunham, AB’36, forged a unique career as a dancer and anthropologist.


Proving ground

The University of Chicago’s Urban Labs turn promising ideas for helping cities into hard evidence of what works.

Déjà views

Historical postcards capture the University as it was and as it wanted to be seen.

Future tense

What will 2040 be like?

Chartered philanthropy

As the historic document turns 800, David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, reflects on preserving a Magna Carta in the United States.

Sweet honey in the rocks

The history of beekeeping stretches back centuries, the director of the Oriental Institute found when a hobby turned into a scholarly pursuit.