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.

Center 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.

Human nurture

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

Judith Nadler

Retiring University librarian Judith Nadler reflects on her prolific career.


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.

Cloistered nuns

Cloistered nuns tell their stories.

Marine menagerie

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.

Judith Grabiner

Mathematics historian Judith Victor Grabiner, SB’60, teaches math to the liberal arts masses.

Junk economy

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.

Bygone Ethiopia

John Snyder traversed Ethiopia seeking inspiration for a screenplay. Instead he captured a landscape about to disappear.

Encyclopaedia editor

After more than three decades at Britannica, editor in chief Dale Hoiberg, AM’74, PhD’93, knows the encyclopedia business inside out.

Business in sports

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.

Man and ape

In his new book, anthropologist Russell Tuttle synthesizes decades of research to identify the characteristics that set our species apart.

Ancient trades

An exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum pairs modern workers with the ancient tools of their trades.

Earl Shorris

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.

Campus architecture

New construction is about the exchange of ideas—within and beyond the campus. The University architect explains the theory behind the practice.

Playing with fire

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.

Dark energy

Astrophysicist Josh Frieman, PhD’89, works on the dark side, studying the night sky for insight into the accelerating expansion of the universe.

Favorite things

Keepers of University collections reveal the pieces closest to their hearts.

Social survey

For 40 years, the General Social Survey has cultivated a vast body of knowledge about Americans’ personal attitudes and opinions. Plus: “Survey Says.”

Carrie reborn

Kimberly Peirce, AB’90, revives the pop culture classic.

Point spread

Charles K. McNeil, PhB’25, was the point man in sports gambling.

Foster families

Davida Williams, AM’82, helps foster families navigate trauma and find trust.

Top shelf

They were the best of spines.

Friendly skies

American stewardesses and the making of an iconic advertising campaign.

Alumni Weekend

Scenes from a verdant and varied Alumni Weekend.

Jewel Lafontant

Jewel C. Stradford Lafontant, JD’46, was a lawyer and public servant who broke many barriers.

Campus talks

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.