Opening inquiry

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.

Microbial me

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

Of joy in the making

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

Who’s the deviant here?

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.

Thirsty planet

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

Crossed lines

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.


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

Second act

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.

Object lessons

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

Social constructs

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

The great escape

Notes on an intellectual and musical journey.

Small universe, big glass

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

Eye of the beholder

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

Mega data

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

Into the breach

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.

Onward and upward

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

A political education

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.

Rolling the dice

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

Heal thyself

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.

All over the map

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

Novel talent

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

Battle lines

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

Delight in discovery

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.

Natural connection

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

Storm driven

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. 

In search of words lost

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

Human capitalist

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

City limits

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

View from the page

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

Elevated discourse

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

On human nurture

Philosopher Jesse Prinz, PhD’97, trains a skeptical eye on biological accounts of our behavior, beliefs, and emotions.

Centered in Delhi

A new home in India deepens the University’s historic academic connections to the country and concentrates its expertise on complex global problems.

Speaking volumes

Retiring University librarian Judith Nadler reflects on her prolific career.

What to make of it

Poet, critic, and scholar Maureen McLane, PhD’97, argues for poetry that synthesizes, “with passion and knowledge,” what it means to be human. Plus—Three poems: An excerpt from This Blue.

Ordered lives

Cloistered nuns tell their stories.