Volume 107, Number 6


Opening inquiry

As free expression comes under challenge on some campuses, the University’s affirmation of a long-standing value may become a model for higher education.

Microbial me

Scientists are discovering how microbes not only make us sick but also keep our bodies working.

Of joy in the making

At convocation, one journey ended and another began for some 3,300 graduates. How did it feel? Their faces told the story.

Who’s the deviant here?

Sociologist Howard S. Becker, PhB’46, AM’49, PhD’51, talks about his career studying deviance.

Criminal injustice

Jonathan Rapping, AB’88, inspires attorneys who represent indigent clients to fight a system stacked against them.

Editor’s Notes

The quarter system

The Magazine’s return to a seasonal schedule and other news.


Readers sound off

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.

C. Vitae

Mending the heart gender gap

Cardiologist C. Noel Bairey Merz, AB’77, minds—and mends—the gender gap in women’s heart health.

UChicago Journal


This June alumni from far and wide made themselves at home again in Hyde Park.

Bringing it home

The South Side of Chicago is selected as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center.

Evolution of thought

William Wimsatt follows ideas where they lead—and takes his students with him.

Neural network

Grossman Institute scholars explore—and begin to explain—the brain’s vast complexities.

Eating habits

A religion professor parses the moral language of modern diets.

Interview: Open review

When geneticist Yoav Gilad and a colleague detected errors in an influential study, Gilad took to Twitter with their finding.

Citations: Faculty research

A selection of recent faculty research news.

For the Record: University news

A selection of the latest headlines from UChicago.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Career trekking

Students careers, by the numbers.

Fig. 1: Feel the learn

Professor Sian Beilock explains how using the body helps students better learn science.

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.

Alumni essays

An accidental curator

Harvey Choldin, AB’60, AM’63, PhD’65, finds himself plumbing the archives for an exhibition on the Chicago school of sociology.

One pilgrim’s promise

Laura Gruen, AB’67, AM’68, sends dispatches from the pilgrimage route across Spain she walked this spring.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the Mind

Famous first words

Match well-known books by UChicago alumni with their opening lines.