Fairy tales

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.

First gay ambassador

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.

Molecular engineering

With the new Institute for Molecular Engineering, the University fills a historical void and hopes to shape the scientific future.

Feast: The exhibit

The Smart Museum’s exhibition Feast explores hospitality and welcoming gestures.

Social work matriarch

Jessie Taft, PhB 1905, PhD 1913, was a matriarch of modern social work.

Squashed legal career

“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.

Nepotism in primates

How monkeys, the Mafia, Italian academia—and, increasingly, American society—illustrate the biological impulse and social peril of nepotism.

Sensual UChicago

Some sights, sounds, smells, touches, and tastes can send you back to the quads.

Celebrity book editor

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.

Sleep lab

For nearly a century, Chicago scientists have explored the deep universe of sleep.

Education: UChicago time line

The University’s focus on the aims and methods of education has led to discussion, experiment, and innovation. Our time line notes a few milestones.


An ambitious economic field experiment studies how financial incentives for students, teachers, and parents affect academic performance.

After the classroom

Students often continue to collaborate with professors after earning their degrees. Sometimes, as in these four examples, those relationships move beyond collegial to true professional and personal friendships.

Charter school principals

For the leaders of the University of Chicago Charter School, being in charge means being in the thick of change.

Charter school murals

The murals decorating the University of Chicago Charter School campuses tell stories of success.

Vivian Gussin Paley

Retired Laboratory Schools teacher Vivian Gussin Paley, PhB'47, writes about the importance of play in early schooling.

The future of PhDs

How can we better prepare PhD students for nonacademic careers?

Reclamation project

Karen Reimer, MFA’98, embroiders ordinary items to add rich new meaning to the familiar.


Microfinance was supposed to lead the poor out of poverty. Yet after a rash of borrower suicides in one Indian state, experts and governments question the industry’s success.

Craft and cooperation

In his latest book, sociologist Richard Sennett, AB’64, explores the social craft of cooperation.

Champagne toasts

For five decades, Stuart Rice and his doctoral students have had great chemistry.

Why we choke

Psychologist Sian Beilock studies what makes people choke under pressure and offers techniques to prevent those mental meltdowns.

Good deed repaid

In 1980s Baltimore, a family recalls an act of kindness—and finds a way to repay it.

Career ufologist

For 41 years Stanton Friedman, SB’55, SM’56, has traveled the world with a simple message: UFOs are real.

DNA nanotechnology

Nadrian Seeman, SB’66, uses DNA not to study biology but as a building block for nano-tiny structures.

Mansueto Library

... Reg Egg, Igloo: As quickly as students have dreamed up pet names for Mansueto, they’ve adopted the futuristic library as their own.

Bright passage

For one alumna, Mansueto’s opening recalls the change in Russian libraries since the Glasnost days.

1970s West Side photos

Alzheimer’s has erased the stories behind Lou Fourcher’s (PhD’71) images, but his photographs of a demolished West Side neighborhood have stirred memories in former residents.