Letters

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.

May–June/15

Readers comment on the social impact of architecture in out of the way places; the recollections of Philip Glass, AB’56, about the College he knew; memories of the late Mike Nichols, EX’53; the circa-1970s ski team’s not-at-all slippery slope to victory; racial “block busting” in the 1950s; the distinction between a telegram and a telegraph; and more.

Mar–Apr/15

Readers comment on heart-smart eating; 1960s integration in Hyde Park; the tension between national security and civil liberties; quantitative and qualitative data; Mike Nichols, EX’53, at an early stage in his career; how workplace structures influence the gender wage gap; College memories lost and found; the late poet Mark Strand; the indispensable role of doulas in a community program; and more.

Jan–Feb/15

Readers weigh in on World War I art; a rare honor for Robert Morrissey, PhD’82; the problems that have befallen Gary, Indiana; the effect of immigration enforcement on children arriving from Central America; the benefits of online education; a UChicago championship ski team; and more.