Biology professor Michael LaBarbera has spent his career immersing students—and himself—in an underwater world and the unending adventure of science. Plus—Unplanned encounters: Surprise specimens in the lab.
Mathematics historian Judith Victor Grabiner, SB’60, teaches math to the liberal arts masses.
Entrepreneurs meeting the demand for raw materials, not environmental virtue, drives the expansion of the recycling industry. Plus—Trash talker: Author Adam Minter, AB’93, weighs in on the wide world of waste.
John Snyder traversed Ethiopia seeking inspiration for a screenplay. Instead he captured a landscape about to disappear.
After more than three decades at Britannica, editor in chief Dale Hoiberg, AM’74, PhD’93, knows the encyclopedia business inside out.
From Major League Baseball and the NBA to Italian soccer and the NFL’s foothold in China, the sports world’s executive suites have a Maroon tint.
In his new book, anthropologist Russell Tuttle synthesizes decades of research to identify the characteristics that set our species apart.
An exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum pairs modern workers with the ancient tools of their trades.
Earl Shorris, X’54, established a free humanities course to help impoverished adults escape the “surround of force” that restricts their lives.
Slavic studies professor Malynne Sternstein guides students through the deep game that is Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
In one of the oldest chapters of American history—the Pilgrims’ flight from persecution—historian Jeremy Bangs, X’67, finds new ground to cover.
New construction is about the exchange of ideas—within and beyond the campus. The University architect explains the theory behind the practice.
To approach religion with intellectual rigor, says Divinity School dean Margaret Mitchell, AM’82, PhD’89, is to play with fire. She stokes the embers.
Astrophysicist Josh Frieman, PhD’89, works on the dark side, studying the night sky for insight into the accelerating expansion of the universe.
Keepers of University collections reveal the pieces closest to their hearts.
For 40 years, the General Social Survey has cultivated a vast body of knowledge about Americans’ personal attitudes and opinions. Plus: “Survey Says.”
Kimberly Peirce, AB’90, revives the pop culture classic.
Charles K. McNeil, PhB’25, was the point man in sports gambling.
Davida Williams, AM’82, helps foster families navigate trauma and find trust.
They were the best of spines.
American stewardesses and the making of an iconic advertising campaign.
Scenes from a verdant and varied Alumni Weekend.
Jewel C. Stradford Lafontant, JD’46, was a lawyer and public servant who broke many barriers.
Spring quarter, like any other, offered an encyclopedia of public talks on campus, illuminating topics art historical, zoological, and everything in between. At 11 of these talks, the Magazine staff were there.
Marcus Kronforst finds clues to evolutionary adaptation in butterfly wings.
Researching her mother’s story of wartime flight and lost love, journalist Leslie Maitland, AB’71, finds the truth richer and stranger than any fiction. Plus: “Internal Investigation.”
Wine writer and restaurant critic Bill St. John, AM’77, AM’80, PhD’83, talks fear of wine and the scourge of ratings. Plus: “An embarrassment of riches.”
William Browder, AB’85, was once the biggest capitalist in Russia. After his lawyer was tortured and died in jail, he became one of the Kremlin’s fiercest enemies.
A justice, a judge, a philosopher, and an English professor.
Part of a visual tradition that reaches back to Romanticism, images from the Hubble Space Telescope awe as they inform. Plus: “Scope of Inquiry.”
On walks across Mexico City, historian Mauricio Tenorio Trillo finds a path to the past.
An alumna mortician, medievalist, and video sage tries to change the way Americans think about death.
The Sahmat collective galvanizes artists across India to create work that resists divisive politics. A Smart Museum exhibition tells its story.
Social critic and Victorian historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, AM’44, PhD’50, looks back on her Chicago education.
The road to safe, reliable bioweapon vaccines for children is fraught with ethical peril. On campus last fall, experts began to plot it out. Plus—The Soul of Medicine: For ethicist and doctor Daniel Sulmasy, medical progress is about more than the body.
In 1956, two new PhDs drove a Land Rover from Austria to India to begin the research that would be their life’s work. Notes from their journey.
Isaac Tobin’s designs for University of Chicago Press books provoke readers to take a deeper look.
Exploring the attributes of low light, an architect and a physicist try to cultivate a dim awareness.
Benjamin Elijah Mays, AM’25, PhD’35, was the conscience of the civil rights movement.