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.
An Oriental Institute Museum exhibit traces the ubiquity of birds in ancient Egyptian culture to geographical accident, avian behavior, and human fascination.
With a historian’s attention to the founding ideals of the College, Dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, implements an ambitious vision for the decades to come.
Peter Selz, AM’49, PhD’54, looks back on a life in modern art through the works that most inspired him.
A corporate career led Beverly Ryder, MBA’74, to the board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and back to the public schools in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Every year malaria infects hundreds of millions around the globe. Geneticist Thomas Wellems, PhD’80, MD’81, tries to stay one step ahead of the parasite. Plus: An interview with malaria-exhibit photographer Adam Nadel, AB’90.
Onward and upward with the arts: a glimpse into the inner workings of the towering new facility south of the Midway.
Presidents since FDR have extended their reach beyond constitutional boundaries, raising fears of a dictatorial executive branch that the Law School’s Eric Posner dismisses as “tyrannophobia.”
Patsy Mink, JD’51, was a tenacious and determined politician.
New Girl Scout chief of staff Nhadine Leung, AB’90, bleeds green.
Artist Jessica Stockholder brightens a Loop intersection for the summer.
The Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference drew 17 cartoonists and hundreds of observers, in person and online, for three days in May of intense discussion of the field.
Austan Goolsbee has left behind his DC battle armor, but he can still mail in a good barb or two.
As the Seminary Co-op moves from its underground origins into the light of day, the bookstore’s denizens bid the beloved space farewell.
Muriel D. Lezak, PhB’47, AM’49, has spent her career trying to help humanize the young field of neuropsychology.
Believing that fairy tales have lost their magic, Renaissance scholar Armando Maggi, PhD’95, calls for a new kind of happily ever after. Plus—Told and retold: An interview with writer and tale-teller Robert Coover, AM’65.
Law School graduate and administrator James Hormel, JD’58, seemed to have a storybook family and career. His secret life, however, could undo it all. Plus—Public by choice: Hormel on beginning a new life.
With the new Institute for Molecular Engineering, the University fills a historical void and hopes to shape the scientific future.
The Smart Museum’s exhibition Feast explores hospitality and welcoming gestures.
Jessie Taft, PhB 1905, PhD 1913, was a matriarch of modern social work.
“Are you a member of the Communist Party?” George Anastaplo, AB’48, JD’51, PhD’64, refused to answer that question, a refusal that shaped his life.
How monkeys, the Mafia, Italian academia—and, increasingly, American society—illustrate the biological impulse and social peril of nepotism.
Some sights, sounds, smells, touches, and tastes can send you back to the quads.
Fresh off simultaneous No. 1 New York Times best sellers, editor Gretchen Young, AB’84, AM’84, continues to find new authors with big stories to tell.
For nearly a century, Chicago scientists have explored the deep universe of sleep.