Volume 111, Number 4

Also with this issue

The Core

The College Magazine


The OI at 100

UChicagoʼs Oriental Institute celebrates a monumental first century.

Rosanna Warren’s odes to woundedness

A poet reckons with a fractured world. Plus: “Two Poems by Rosanna Warren.”

Toward a safer world

The first annual Hagel Lecture at UChicago brought together Madeleine Albright and Chuck Hagel to speak to students and the public.

C. Vitae: Local Interest

Barbara Flynn Currie, LAB’58, AB’68, AM’73, helped pave the way for other female politicians in the Prairie State.

Course Work: Hermit philosophy

Dieter Roelstraete’s course explored exile, retreat, and homes away from home. Plus: “Head Space.”

Legacy: American style

House Beautiful editor in chief Elizabeth Gordon, PhB’27, fought for “good” design in the Cold War era.

Editor’s notes

Fertile soil

From the seeds first planted by William Rainey Harper and James Henry Breasted, the Oriental Institute blossomed into something rare.


Readers sound off

Readers weigh in on the specialness of Special Collections, medical care models, what ails our democracy, and more.

On the agenda

An expanding universe of discovery

Angela Olinto, dean of the Physical Sciences Division, shares a future vision anchored in the divisionʼs illustrious history.

UChicago Journal

A new history of African American poetry

Lauri Ramey, AM’75, PhD’96, traces a 400-year literary legacy.

A day at the Alumni New Venture Challenge

Maroon entrepreneurs pitched ready-to-drink toddler formula, language instruction apps, rentable microspaces, and more.

It’s the economy, undisputed

Raghuram Rajan, William Howell, and Bret Stephens, AB’95, debated the nuances of contemporary populism.

Seven marathons, seven continents, seven days

Greg Nance, AB’11, tested his limits in the 2019 World Marathon Challenge.

The sloth family tree looks different than we thought

New fossil analyses upend the old story about sloth evolution.

Trans history on film

An early story of transition comes to the screen in the documentary Framing Agnes.

Interview: Are you afraid of the semicolon?

Cecelia Watson, AMʼ05, examines the history—and occasional hatred—of punctuation’s most daunting mark.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

New findings on workplace wellness programs, mosquito-borne disease, Martian rivers, and global tariffs.

W. R. Harper’s Index: Public good

The Law School’s Pro Bono Service Initiative, by the numbers.

For the Record: UChicago news highlights

A selection of the latest headlines from across campus.

Peer review


A selection of UChicago alumni whose names are in the news.


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

Alumni essay

The right way to run a college athletics program

For sports editor Lester Munson, JDʼ67, UChicago strikes the right balance of academic and athletics excellence.


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Eve L. Ewing, AB’08

Questions for the author, College alumna, and SSA assistant professor.



Ask an ambassador

Got questions? Study Abroad’s new student ambassadors have answers. Plus: “Study Abroad in Pictures and Numbers.”

The homemade breeder reactor

An excerpt from We Made Uranium! And Other True Stories from the University of Chicago’s Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt. Plus: “Physicist with a Wrench.”

What’s in a game?

In 1975 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, AB’60, PhD’65, came up with the notion of autotelic experience—better known as flow. Forty-five years later, we’re still talking about it.


Goodnight tune

The bells of Mitchell Tower have inspired, or irritated, Hyde Parkers for more than a century. Plus: “Hate Mail for the Change Ringers.”

Model students

UChicago fashion as youʼve never seen it before. Plus: “Justify Your Fashion.”

A hut of one’s own

Dieter Roelstraete on philosophers and their man caves.

“If you can’t outswim them, outlive them”

A Hutchins-era graduate exercises her way into the record books.

May the course be with you

In Star Wars and Religion, Russell Johnson, AM’15, PhD’19, uses the famous franchise to teach comparative religious ethics.


There’s a plane in my hair

Sciencepalooza brings science and engineering to the quads. 

You say you want an evolution

What’s new in the College: Galapagos research, Quantrell Awards, Careers in the Humanities Day

Play to the crowd

A welcome party for the new Weston Game Lab in Crerar Library. 


Read, drink, repeat

Amira Makansi, AB’10, has pairing recommendations for more than 150 books. Plus: “Butterbeer for Muggles” and “How to Get Paid to Sip Wine.”

Why study endangered languages?

A linguist explains. 

Honey, I’m home

The bees are back in town.

College New Venture Challenge winners

Top 6 winners of the Collegeʼs version of Shark Tank