The OI at 100

UChicagoʼs Oriental Institute celebrates a monumental first century.

Rosanna Warren’s odes to woundedness

A poet reckons with a fractured world. Plus: “Two Poems by Rosanna Warren.”

Toward a safer world

The first annual Hagel Lecture at UChicago brought together Madeleine Albright and Chuck Hagel to speak to students and the public.

C. Vitae: Local Interest

Barbara Flynn Currie, LAB’58, AB’68, AM’73, helped pave the way for other female politicians in the Prairie State.

Course Work: Hermit philosophy

Dieter Roelstraete’s course explored exile, retreat, and homes away from home. Plus: “Head Space.”

Legacy: American style

House Beautiful editor in chief Elizabeth Gordon, PhB’27, fought for “good” design in the Cold War era.

The value of primary care

A physician-economist tests the health and cost benefits of a closer doctor-patient relationship.

How David Auburn, AB’91, brought Augie March to the stage

Scenes from a Court Theatre play in the making.

The secrets of UChicago’s Special Collections

Among the rare books and manuscripts in Regenstein lurk other amazing artifacts.

Can democracy survive?

UChicago law professors Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq explore populism and other threats to our political system.

A box of old letters inspires a jazz opera

Erich Rosenthal, AM’42, PhD’48, escaped Nazi Germany to attend UChicago. His parents remained and perished. Decades later, his son Ted Rosenthal has memorialized their tragic family history in music.

Picking up where the Little Rock Nine left off

At 16 Sybil Jordan Hampton, MSTʼ68, was on the front lines of school desegregation. Since then sheʼs worked to ensure no American is overlooked.

Free speech law at 100

Two constitutional scholars weigh 21st-century challenges to the letter and spirit of the First Amendment.

101 citations

A new book looks at the history of Chicago through the lens of print.

The view from the tree house of knowledge

With the opening of a campus in Hong Kong, the University begins a new era of intellectual partnership. Plus: “Tree House/Art House

Legal light

Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) reformed how the United States does business and led the way for later generations of women in law.

Goal digger

Want to exercise more, save money, and eat healthier? Ayelet Fishbach’s research can help.

When what you do is no longer who you are

Retirement doesn’t always live up to the blissful media image.

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?


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.


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.


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.