Microfinance was supposed to lead the poor out of poverty. Yet after a rash of borrower suicides in one Indian state, experts and governments question the industry’s success.
In his latest book, sociologist Richard Sennett, AB’64, explores the social craft of cooperation.
For five decades, Stuart Rice and his doctoral students have had great chemistry.
Psychologist Sian Beilock studies what makes people choke under pressure and offers techniques to prevent those mental meltdowns.
In 1980s Baltimore, a family recalls an act of kindness—and finds a way to repay it.
The Magazine’s loud print redesign gave us a good excuse to turn up the volume online.
Alumni and friends write on UFO scholar, the state of the middle class, the term “UChicago,” and the Magazine’s new look.
On the Agenda
Business-school dean Sunil Kumar discusses Chicago Booth’s global programs, its new television studio, and its relationship with the rest of the University.
Vince Michael, AB’82, AM’82, builds community by saving buildings.
A Law School clinic wants to remove the restrictions on Chicago’s mobile chefs.
High-energy physics experiments at Fermilab’s groundbreaking Tevatron have run their course.
Difficulty equals quality, an earthquake creates icebergs, the treatment of Medicare and Medicaid patients, how mothers’ job losses affect children, and penguins’ essential sense of smell.
Nina Burleigh, AM’87, covered Italy’s Amanda Knox case and the global obsession with the beautiful "female monster."
Clare Gillis, AB’98, spent 44 days in captivity while working as a freelance journalist in Libya.
A new survey examines how American opinions have shifted since 9/11.
Communication and compassion in medicine, extending the law and economics connection, a new shelf life at the Reg, and an Obama adviser leads the University’s civic engagement.
The iconic Hyde Park bookstore reaches a milestone—and prepares for a move.
Mandeep Bedi, AB’10, who died trying to help his injured wife, left a colorful legacy.
Karen Reimer, MFA’98, embroiders ordinary items to add rich new meaning to the familiar.
For less than the price of a bowl of noodles, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints let tourists experience the joys of Japanese city life.
A homebody with a hitchhikers’s heart, Bonnie Jo Campbell’s stories cover a lot of ground.
Bernard Sahlins, AB’43, lets the actors and the poets bring his spare performances to life.
The Magazine lists a selection of general-interest books, films, and albums by alumni. For additional alumni releases, use the link to the Magazine’s Goodreads bookshelf.
Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.
For Hassan S. Ali, AB’07, karaoke embodies the personality he discovered in college.
Lite of the Mind
Ready for winter? Use our pattern to snip a phoenix-shaped paper snowflake.