Volume 108, Number 2


Landmark $100 million gift creates The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Pearson Global Forum

Data-driven research at the global institute will spur new insights into violent conflict and inform public policy.

Start with what you got

At the Arts Incubator, creative minds build on the cultural wealth of Chicago’s South Side.

Mortal thoughts

Doctors are taught to fight death—but it’s a losing battle. Some are looking beyond biomedicine to help them better communicate with patients about the end of life.

Grace notes

Katherine Dunham, AB’36, forged a unique career as a dancer and anthropologist.

Editor’s Notes

Projected lives

UChicago at the movies.


Readers sound off

Readers consider faculty members’ predictions for 2040, continue a discussion of population control, comment on the Magazine’s new publication schedule, and more.

On the agenda

From local to global

Looking back on a century of results, School of Social Service Administration dean Neil B. Guterman shares SSA’s plans to make a global impact on social work.

Marketplace of ideas

Three views on inequality

Scholars discuss the causes of growing economic inequality in the United States and what to do about it.

UChicago Journal

Deep dive

Studying anthropology prepared Ian Urbina, AM’97, for a headline career in investigative journalism.

Data match

Incubated in a Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, the Legislative Influence Detector aims to increase government transparency.

Monsters of the midcentury

The first art movement to originate in Chicago focused on the dark side of postwar life.

Creative ferment

Enjoying wine taught Jane Lopes, AB’07, to slow down, but as a sommelier, she’s rising fast.

Interview: In the fray

Grad student Matthew Barber takes a hiatus from his studies to help a people under threat from the Islamic State.

Citations: Faculty research

A selection of recent faculty research news.

For the Record: University news

A selection of the latest headlines from UChicago.

Original Source: At first site

Although Leonardo da Vinci famously made realistic sketches of the moon’s surface spots in the early 16th century, the first published images of the moon as seen through a telescope were Galileo Galilei’s.

William Rainey Harper’s Index: Fresh air

Fourty-six years after the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago examines the consequences of coal plants on our health and our planet.

Fig. 1: Bearing interest

Chicago Booth assistant professor Abigail Sussman explores our preoccupation with saving money at all costs.

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 essay

A tender coincidence

English professor Will Pritchard, AM’92, PhD’98, reflects on the “tender coincidences” that occur when father and son teach the same book.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Lite of the Mind

UChicago anagrams

To twist shrewd is a (UChicago) test with words.