Letters

Summer/18

Readers applaud class correspondents, debate health policy, ponder the merits of reflection and regret, and more.

Spring/18

Readers remember Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert Maynard Hutchins, and other campus figures; reflect on growing older; seek ice-skaters; debate a speaking invitation; and more.

Winter/18

Readers react to the Chicago Pile-1 experiment and its far-reaching legacy; debate deterrence and gerrymandering; correct the fossil record; and more.

Summer/17

Readers remember the cultural influence of historian Henry Steele Commager, PhB’23, AM’24, PhD’28; recall a flu-ridden arrival on campus; weigh in on language instruction; and more.

Spring/17

Readers share their experiences with the Small School Talent Search, encourage mountain climbing, debate free expression, and more.

Winter/17

Readers reflect on the impact of James Cronin, SM’53, PhD’55, and Frank Lillie, PhD 1894; debate climate change and free-market capitalism; remember the T-Hut; make observations about observing nature; and more.

Fall/16

Readers debate dean of students in the College John Ellison’s letter to the Class of 2020; discuss voter education and the merits of capitalism; share memories of historian William H. McNeill, LAB’34, AB’38, AM’39, track coach Ted Haydon, LAB’29, PhB’33, AM’54, and the beloved T-Hut; and more.

Summer/16

Readers debate the lessons of the Great Recession; examine the legacies of Barack Obama and Antonin Scalia; share memories of Kartemquin Films and its founders Gordon Quinn, AB’65, and Gerald Temaner, AB’57; tell us what they know (“not much”); and more.

Spring/16

Readers write in to confirm age is just a number; expand on Katherine Dunham’s (PhB’36) Hyde Park history; add thoughts about mortality and the right to aid in dying; diagnose income inequality; redress the Winter issue’s anagram inequality; and more.

Winter/16

Readers consider faculty members’ predictions for 2040, continue a discussion of population control, comment on the Magazine’s new publication schedule, and more. 

Fall/15

Readers discuss the University’s policy on freedom of expression; add personal recollections of chemist Harold Urey; celebrate professor Robert Morrissey, PhD’82, and the University’s Center in Paris; respond to other readers’ letters; and more.

July–Aug/15

Readers weigh in on water scarcity; add personal recollections of geologist Clair C. Patterson, PhD’51; reflect on racial and other forms of passing; recall breakfast with a Bush in 1980; compare notes with Philip Glass, AB’56, about the College in the 1950s; and more.