Volume 105, Number 3


A passage to India

In 1956, two new PhDs drove a Land Rover from Austria to India to begin the research that would be their life’s work. Notes from their journey.

Under the covers

Isaac Tobin’s designs for University of Chicago Press books provoke readers to take a deeper look.

Twilight zone

Exploring the attributes of low light, an architect and a physicist try to cultivate a dim awareness.

Needle and threat

The road to safe, reliable bioweapon vaccines for children is fraught with ethical peril. On campus last fall, experts began to plot it out. Plus—The Soul of Medicine: For ethicist and doctor Daniel Sulmasy, medical progress is about more than the body.

Spiritual leader

Benjamin Elijah Mays, AM’25, PhD’35, was the conscience of the civil rights movement.

Editor’s Notes


Sometimes it’s as much about the journey as the destination.


Readers sound off

Alumni and friends weigh in on tolerance, sweatshirts won and lost, executive power, application numbers, the end of Pierce Hall, and more.

On the Agenda

Boldly forward

In challenging economic times, the University invested in its future and achieved historic milestones.

Alumni Essay

The problem with metadata

What's in a keyword? Mark Athitakis, AB’95, turns a critical eye on how the Library of Congress and the New Yorker classify fiction.

UChicago Journal

Hooray! Books!

Co-op admirers commemorate its move with a parade honoring the literary labors they love.

In the night kitchen

Behind the scenes at La Petite Folie restaurant, faculty members apprentice themselves.

Text messages

The OI’s Demotic Dictionary illuminates life and language in ancient Egypt.

Through hoops

An unlikely NBA executive, Mike Zarren, AB’99, brings a Moneyball sensibility to the Boston Celtics.

Clearing hurdles

new University program helps Chicago high school students navigate obstacles to college.

Cultural relations

Two alumni study Asian-Jewish intermarriages like their own.

Freestyle skating

A women’s studies professor finds glitter, grace, and rigid gender roles out on the ice.

Battery life

A $120 million award fuels a new Argonne institute to advance energy-storage technology.

Interview: Public equity

Sociologist Michael Bennett, AM'72, PhD'88, invests his time in urban development.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Silver mettle

Running the numbers on UChicago’s most celebrated statistician.

Fig. 1: Political animals

Partisan beliefs shape perceptions of reality.

Original Source: Queer review

A window into a hidden, underground culture.

For the record: University news

A gift revs UChicago’s entrepreneurial engine, the Renaissance Society names its first new director in 40 years, and a new dorm will rise after Pierce meets its demise.

Citations: Faculty research

Researchers test our hard-wiring for morality and justice, discover how chemical signals from cells spread ovarian cancer, detect dim stars that shed light on dark energy, and prove that it’s not the thought that counts.

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.


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University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, board, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the Mind


Off-Off Campus put the poster in preposterous.