Volume 113, Number 2

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An Aeneid for our time

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer’s new translation lets today’s reader hear Vergil as the Romans did. Plus: An excerpt from Book I of The Aeneid.

Out of the past

In the 1950s, a pair of young alumni set out on Route 66 and captured a workaday America now vanished.

The parenting trap

For some parents, life is a rat race they want their children to win. For others, it’s a race they’ve already lost. Why macroeconomics plays a role.

Glimpses: Travelogue

W. J. T. Mitchell looks at endings and beginnings.

Course Work: Experimental theater

Scenes from a minicourse at the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership.

Editor’s notes

Postcards of the past

In defense of nostalgia.


Readers sound off

Alumni check the weather, remember Midway Studios, and more.

On the agenda

The College and COVID-19

Dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, reflects on educating students during a pandemic.

UChicago Journal

Kim Ng has been ready

How the Miami Marlins’ new GM finally broke a baseball barrier.

How one researcher is staying ahead of the viral curve

Sarah Cobey is putting her infectious disease expertise to work against the pandemic.

A community bereft

After graduate student Yiran Fan, SMʼ15, was killed in January, UChicagoans came together in grief and remembrance.

Interview: Teaching science through Star Trek

How Mohamed Noor, SMʼ95, PhDʼ96, uses science fiction to help students engage.

Democracy in peril

UChicago faculty members weigh in on the Capitol insurrection.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

New findings on the tactile sensitivity of fish fins and the search for solar flares.

W. R. Harper’s Index: Home and away

Autumn Quarter classes, by the numbers.

For the Record: UChicago news highlights

A selection of the latest headlines from across campus.

Alumni essay

The patient’s tale

What a surgeon learned from illness and grief in a pandemic year.

Peer review


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


A selection of books, films, and recordings by UChicago alumni.


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Rick Wojcik, AB’88

Questions for the founder of the legendary Chicago record store Dusty Groove.



When art imitates life

During a quarter when everything was different, a professor known for installation art took her painting class outside. Plus: Student artist statements and artwork.

Through student eyes

Two photographers show us what Autumn Quarter was like.

“We shall every one be mask’d”

Classes outside and in tents. Masks worn everywhere, even by the grotesques. Scenes from an Autumn Quarter that required some improvisation.

Mountain time

First-year cross-country runners start the academic year off with an altitude adjustment.


Meet Pascal the rescue dove

During the pandemic, fourth-year Elma Ling Hoffman, an art history and religious studies major, adopts a feathered friend.

A surprise package from 1950

Songs of the University of Chicago, an unexpected pleasure in a difficult year.

A Hanna Gray miscellany

Seven anecdotes from a barrier-breaking academic career.

What if cities took the lead?

Two College alumni, working in New York City, sparked a global trend in tracking sustainability.


Voter registration drive

In the run-up to the 2020 election, Jenny Holzer, EX’74, and UChicago students collaborate on an art project to get out the vote.

Top 5: Neighborhood candles

Which Chicago neighborhood would you buy (in candle form)?



Lyrics from one of the tunes on Songs of the University of Chicago.

Big tents on campus

Last quarter everything was different—even the University’s geography.