Volume 111, Number 2

Also with this issue

The Core

The College Magazine


Free speech law at 100

Two constitutional scholars weigh 21st-century challenges to the letter and spirit of the First Amendment.

101 citations

A new book looks at the history of Chicago through the lens of print.

The view from the tree house of knowledge

With the opening of a campus in Hong Kong, the University begins a new era of intellectual partnership. Plus: “Tree House/Art House

Legal light

Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) reformed how the United States does business and led the way for later generations of women in law.

Goal digger

Want to exercise more, save money, and eat healthier? Ayelet Fishbach’s research can help.

When what you do is no longer who you are

Retirement doesn’t always live up to the blissful media image.

Editor’s notes

Postcard from Hong Kong

Off duty in a new city, a writer lets serendipity and a local’s advice guide the way.


Readers sound off

Readers appreciate a Study Abroad story, remember a scientific friendship, make the case for weightier coverage in the Magazine, and more.

On the agenda

Driving social change with research and collaboration

School of Social Service Administration dean Deborah Gorman-Smith on the school’s ambitious future vision.

UChicago Journal

Nasty, brutish, and short

Neurobiologists approach a better grasp of a mother octopus’s grim final days.

The open road

It’s time to rethink stereotypes about American truckers.

True to his roots

Bill Nowlin, AM’69, made a home for folk music as cofounder of Rounder Records.

Office apocalypse

It’s the end of the working world as we know it in Ling Ma’s (AB’05) dystopian novel Severance.

Music lessons

Learning leadership, poco a poco.

Getting an earful

Highlights from the University’s Big Brains podcast.

Something good

This cinematic lip-lock made history.

Interview: And civil justice for all

Rebecca Sandefur, AM’97, PhD’01, studies how real people use—or don’t use—the civil justice system, and proposes real solutions.

Abstracts: Faculty research

Researchers tally the human cost of ridesharing; praise gratitude; investigate an elephant cancer-fighting gene; and probe the gender gap in math achievement.

W.R. Harper’s Index: Globe-trotters

Study Abroad, by the numbers.

For the Record: University news

A selection of the latest headlines from UChicago.

Peer review


Highlights from the latest alumni news columns.


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

Up and down Halsted Street

The view from a CTA bus driver’s seat took in the range of human experience—including the most heartbreaking.


University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

William Baude, SB04

Questions for the College alumnus and Law School professor.



Organizing principle

For activist Heather Booth, AB’67, AM’70, the personal has been the political for more than 50 years.

Ethics class

A short story by Ted Cohen, AB’62.


Bad wife, good wife, her own wife

An evening of book club gossip about Maude Hutchins, Muriel Beadle, and Hanna Holborn Gray.

New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens

It started as a joke. Then it became a thing.

How to sell to young people

Jacob Chang of JÜV Consulting has some advice.

Carillon my wayward song

There’ll be peace when you are done.

Talk Yiddish to me

Questions for a cappella group Rhythm and Jews.


New major, new minors

College students now have six more options.

What’s new in the College

In brief: Hong Kong economics, new on-campus housing requirement, and more.

Alumni poll: The march of time

What’s the best tradition? UChicago alumni have spoken.

2019 world pup

Meet Cora, the soccer-playing border collie.



Art me up

Over 50 years, Patric McCoy, AB’69, has collected 1,300 pieces of art and made them into a piece all his own.


It’s not just political. It’s hydrological.