Urban Labs

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

Postcards from the past

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

Forecasting 2040

What will 2040 be like?

Magna Carta

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

Bees in the Old World

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

Convocation

At convocation, one journey ended and another began for some 3,300 graduates. How did it feel? Their faces told the story.

Free expression

As free expression comes under challenge on some campuses, the University’s affirmation of a long-standing value may become a model for higher education.

Microbiome

Scientists are discovering how microbes not only make us sick but also keep our bodies working.

Howie Becker

Sociologist Howard S. Becker, PhB’46, AM’49, PhD’51, talks about his career studying deviance.

Criminal injustice

Jonathan Rapping, AB’88, inspires attorneys who represent indigent clients to fight a system stacked against them.

Water research

Water is life, but ever scarcer. The most promising approaches to a mounting global problem may be molecular.

Racial passing

A secret in her own family led Allyson Hobbs, AM’02, PhD’09, to uncover the hidden history of racial passing. Plus—Lost kin: An excerpt from A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life.

Clair C. Patterson

The impact of geochemist Clair C. Patterson, PhD’51, who determined the age of the earth and fought lead pollution.

Anna Chlumsky

It’s hard to say which was more liberating for Anna Chlumsky, AB’02: the moment she left acting, or the moment she came back.

Selma anniversary

A Divinity School event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Selma and explores the state of civil rights today.

Antiques

On Antiques Roadshow, appraiser Gary Piattoni, AB’83, teases out the stories that things want to tell.

Public architecture

Michael Murphy’s MASS Design Group strives to make an architecture of community cohesion.

Philip Glass

Notes on an intellectual and musical journey.

Wendy Freedman

Leading cosmologist Wendy Freedman trains a telescopic lens on the biggest questions in the universe.

Smart art

For its 40th anniversary, the Smart Museum offers inviting, unexpected avenues to approach art.

Media data

Chicago Booth economist Matthew Gentzkow sifts insights about the media from massive amounts of digital information.

Reviewing the NSA

A law professor offers an inside look at his experience on a presidential panel reviewing how the government protects national security and preserves civil liberties.

Campaign momentum

With a string of headline gifts since its public launch, the UChicago Campaign is gathering momentum.

Bernie Sanders

At the University in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders, AB’64, set out on a path that led to the Senate, and an unlikely place at the center.

Start-up sage

Chicago Booth clinical professor of entrepreneurship Waverly Deutsch brings theatrical and gaming influences to her teaching.

Heart Rx

The president of the American College of Cardiology advocates a plant-based diet as part of shifting heart disease treatment from “event” to “prevent” focused.

Spine tingling

Finally, a dinosaur that swam.

Mapping the South Side

High school students fan out to help the University’s Urban Health Initiative chart the resources in Chicago neighborhoods where there are too few.

Debut novelist

Novelist Matthew Thomas, AB’97, talks about learning to hear the story that wants to be told.

World War I illustration

French illustrators of World War I depicted the arena, the enemy, and the home front with bravura.

Claudia Goldin

Economic historian Claudia Goldin, AM’69, PhD’72, takes a detective’s joy in gathering clues, analyzing data, and reconstructing the stories behind social issues.

The Marine Biological Lab

Joining forces with the Marine Biological Laboratory, the University formalizes its long-standing links to a venerable scientific destination.

Maud Slye

Researcher Maud Slye’s (EX 1899) contentious career helped open the field of cancer genetics.

Up in the air

From balloon sculptures to an avant-garde video game, the art of Willy Chyr, AB’09, is all about the journey.

Aims of Education

Wayne Scott, AB’86, AM’89, remembers—and misremembers—his Aims of Education address.

Minds online

Neurobiologist Peggy Mason gives almost 55,000 students an online introduction to the brain.

Gary, Indiana

Chicago Harris’s Gary Project joins forces with a dynamic new mayor to reframe the Indiana steel town’s future.

Becker remembered

Reflections on the life and work of trailblazing economist Gary Becker.

Bret Stephens

Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, AB’95, brings a UChicago intellectual spirit to the sword fight of political commentary.

Aspen Institute

How the University of Chicago, the great books craze, and a love of Goethe helped create the Aspen Institute.

Complex Oedipus

Philosopher Irad Kimhi teaches unhappiness in his own way.