Volume 105, Number 4


Adrift in the city

On walks across Mexico City, historian Mauricio Tenorio Trillo finds a path to the past.


An alumna mortician, medievalist, and video sage tries to change the way Americans think about death.

Raised voices

The Sahmat collective galvanizes artists across India to create work that resists divisive politics. A Smart Museum exhibition tells its story.

Victorian values

Social critic and Victorian historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, AM’44, PhD’50, looks back on her Chicago education.

The astronomical sublime

Part of a visual tradition that reaches back to Romanticism, images from the Hubble Space Telescope awe as they inform. Plus: “Scope of Inquiry.”

Editor’s Notes

The long and short of it

Some books should never end.


Readers sound off

Alumni and friends weigh in on driving to India, interactions with historical figures, academic partnerships past, pocketbook politics, and more.

On the Agenda

Future perfect

Career Advancement executive director Meredith Daw discusses the growth in services that assist students in preparing for the future.

Course Work

Love scene

Film scholar Tom Gunning explains how editing conventions create the splice of life.

Marketplace of Ideas

Background checks and balances

How to legislate gun safety.

Alumni Essay

Academic envy

The enviable Jessica Burstein, AM’90, PhD’98, fashions an essay out of academic envy.

Words to remember him by

Michael C. Kotzin, AB’62, remembers Richard Stern.

UChicago Journal

Doctors without borders

Technology extends the reach of the University’s new hospital.

Craft Singles

David Blum shapes the digital publishing strategy at Amazon.

Haunted by waters

The social and economic threat of climate change on coastal areas, experts say, demands fast action.

Stars in our eyes

Neil Shubin’s new book traces the molecular connection between humanity and the cosmos.

No strings attached

Manual Cinema turns shadow puppetry into a cinematic experience.

Sharp cards

Does the popularity of Cards Against Humanity mean everyone’s horrible?

Class dismissed

A law professor helps student protesters arrested at an Occupy Chicago rally fight for their rights.

Interview: The spirit of the law

Brian Leiter argues against legal exemptions for religious practices.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Intervention investment

Crime Lab research informs the expansion of a youth violence prevention program.

Fig. 1: Dylan’s evolutionary voice

Spectrograms help explain the complex color of the singer’s ever-changing sound.

Original Source: Limited editions

Hard to find zines tell Chicago stories, writ small.

For the record: University news

A new rep in DC, hospital protests prompt dialogue, Mandel Hall gets a makeover, and a College student's foresight is rewarded.

Citations: Faculty research

Researchers find higher-level thinking in four-year-olds, chronicle anti-Judaism as a foundational idea in Western thought, parse the the hidden messages in praise for children, and answer a geological mystery: why wasn't paleo-Earth encased in ice?

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


Out of office e-mail messages can be an art form all their own. We’ve collected some of the best from the Magazine’s in-box.