Volume 109, Number 1


Epic beginnings

Launched in 2007 with an anonymous $100 million gift, the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge has transformed financial aid in the College. Meet six of the young people whose lives were also changed.

Big thinker

Nobelist James Cronin twice expanded our sense of the possible, first in particle physics and then in astronomical observation.

Social creatures

In blues clubs, cocktail bars, and zoos, David Grazian, AM’96, PhD’00, investigates the artifice of authenticity.

Beyond borders

Olufunmilayo Olopade is attacking cancer from all sides.

Age of enlightenment

The Transcendental Meditation movement’s goals were utopian but life for its followers wasn’t always blissful, Claire Hoffman, AM’05, writes in a new memoir. Plus—“The Field of All Possibilities”: An excerpt from Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.

Editor’s Notes

Bright stars

A new season brings a special section of the Magazine.


Readers sound off

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.

On the agenda

A crucible for confronting ideas

“Universities cannot be viewed as a sanctuary for comfort but rather as a crucible for confronting ideas,” writes president Robert J. Zimmer.

UChicago Journal

Set in stone

A groundbreaking sculpture returns to campus—and sparks a dialogue on public art.

A more literary union

As the new executive director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, AB’01, wants to get America reading.

Cracked case

A scholar’s chance observation in an Italian museum helps solve an art history mystery.

Lofty ambitions

A new book explores artists’ role in the transformation of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.

Interview: Ensuring equity

Associate provost Sarah Wake talks about Title IX, accessibility, and equal opportunity on campus.

Citations: Faculty research

The Amish lifestyle protects kids against asthma; how airlines can promote fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions; predicting divorce; obesity increases the risk of organ transplant rejection.

For the Record: University news

A selection of the latest headlines from UChicago.

Original Source: Deep ties

The connections between UChicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory go back more than a century.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: College prep

The Collegiate Scholars program, by the numbers.

Peer review


The Magazine lists a selection of general interest books, films, and albums by alumni. For additional alumni releases, browse the Magazine’s Goodreads bookshelf.


Highlights from the latest alumni news columns.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, trustee, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the Mind

Sixteen questions

Filmmaker John Hughes meets UChicago in this uncommon quiz of pop culture knowledge.