A change will come

At 100, civil rights leader Timuel D. Black Jr., AM’54, has seen change—and made it happen.

Plans of attack

Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer more often? Can we teach it how?

Supercharged

In CAR T-cell therapy, the immune system gets a boost that can be lifesaving.

Art and artifice

Matinee idol and Oscar nominee Sessue Hayakawa is widely remembered as a UChicago alumnus. But was he?

Historian with a camera

Advised to “shoot what you love,” Henry Horenstein, EX’69, took pictures of country music stars and their fans.

Smear tactic

The human impulse to censor plays out on the pages of a medieval Latin grammar manuscript.

The ace

Kim Ng, AB’90, has found her sweet spot as MLB’s senior vice president for baseball operations.

The new romantics

Director Claire Scanlon, AB’93, has worked on shows including GLOW and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Now she’s reinventing the romantic comedy.

Corrective measures

A UChicago professor spearheads an initiative to end mass incarceration.

Talking back

Reflections on the life and literature of Philip Roth, AM’55.

Bibliomania!

College students go head-to-head in a competition for the best undergraduate book collection.

Towering insights

English associate professor Adrienne Brown explores the complicated racial history of the American skyscraper.

Food for thought

Former White House chef Sam Kass, LAB’98, AB’04, is serving up new recipes and improvements to food policy. Plus: Kass’s recipe for brussels sprouts Caesar salad.

Ground truth

Chris Begley, AM’92, PhD’99, is an archaeologist with a taste for adventure. Just don’t call him Indiana Jones.

Letʼs get lost

Finding our way in the age of GPS doesn’t have to mean sacrificing serendipity.

Shades of meaning

Twenty-nine years after his death, the work of Faber Birren, EX’23, still colors the world around us.

Babyography

Since 1928, families have documented childhood landmarks in a book rich with history.

Past and present

Questions for geologist Susan Kidwell on her work in the emerging discipline of conservation paleobiology, teaching students out in the field, and what artists and scientists share.

Out of the shadows

According to Hollywood legend, Eliot Ness, PhB’25, brought down Al Capone. The reality is more complicated.

Criminal mastermind

Sara Paretsky, AM’69, MBA’77, PhD’77, on being the mystery genre’s “aging diva” and more.

Where the art is

After a decades-long hiatus, Art to Live With is back.

Looking back

As we grow older, how beneficial is it to reflect on our youthful actions and experiences? Two UChicago professors weigh the virtues of living fully in the present and reliving the past.

Chicago Pile-1

The story of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is one of science, of war, and of people.

Bellowʼs papers

What is it like to sort through the papers of one of America’s most celebrated writers?

Mammals like us

Two newly discovered species bring humans closer to understanding our lineage.

Maroon menagerie

Meet some of the fantastic beasts UChicago faculty helped introduce to the scientific record and the popular imagination.

First amendment scholar

Constitutional scholar Sonja R. West, JD’98, on press freedom and its future.

Martin Luther

Remembering Martin Luther’s far-reaching legacy 500 years after the 95 Theses.

In full bloom

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

Lexicographer

(Noun, an author or editor of a dictionary)

Mission to the Sun

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

Seminary Co-op

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

Arctic legacy

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.

After internment

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

Language learning

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

A life in math

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.

America’s historian

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

Folk singer

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

Small school 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.

Ex-racehorses

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.

Pioneering MD

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

Book smarts

Retired University of Chicago Press editor T. David Brent, AB’70, AM’71, PhD’77, brought imagination and enthusiasm to scholarly publishing.