Volume 116, Number 2

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Something new

Sixty years of making and sharing contemporary music at UChicago and beyond.

Musical voyagers

When Sun Ra asked NASA to send his music to space.


In Henry Hinds Laboratory and now the Regenstein Library, Ruth Duckworth’s murals make an art of geophysical science.

An unseen life

The untold story of Cora Belle Jackson, AB 1896, the first Black graduate of the University of Chicago.

Strategic center

As construction begins on a next-generation headquarters, Kunle Odunsi and UChicago’s cancer specialists are ushering in a new era of research and care.

Editor’s notes

You say you want a resolution

So I’m reading all I can.


Readers sound off

Your takes on freedom of expression, overflowing appreciation of Barbara Schubert, EX’79, and more.

On the agenda

Strength in collaboration

The University of Chicago Medicine, the Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Biological Sciences Division pave the way to a thriving future.

UChicago Journal

Fine-tuning immunity

“Inverse vaccine” shows the potential to treat autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.

In the weeds

Student teams take on the affordable housing shortage.

The young science of old DNA

Paleogenomicist Maanasa Raghavan maps ancient DNA to chart human history.

Micro lessons

John List and Steven Levitt create a bite-sized version of their College econ course.

In sheep's clothing

A film series at Doc focuses on false preachers.

Interview: Behind the byline

Physicist Katrina Miller, SM’18, PhD’23, revived her childhood love of writing to forge a career in science journalism.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

Swapping atoms, unplanned pregnancy costs, and restorative practices in high schools.

W. R. Harper’s Index: Back issues

The University of Chicago Magazine 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.


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


Photos from the archives and readers like you.

Quiz: Beowulf character or IKEA product?

Is it a character from Beowulf—or a stylish, space-saving household item from IKEA? Bonus points if you can identify which IKEA product!


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Megan McArdle, MBA’01

Questions for the  Booth alumna and Washington Post columnist.



Art in the middle of nowhere

A summer road trip in search of land art.

Core competency

Hurry up, you’re late for class.

A word of advice

How should you live your life? Faculty, alumni, students, classic texts: all have suggestions for you.


The dorms of yesteryear

There are places we’ll remember ...

Living it up on the Day of the Dead

¡Papel picado, flores, y pan de muerto!

Good game, well played

Arne Meyer, AB’00, of Naughty Dog studio, on the past, present, and future of the games industry.

How to homeschool eight kids with a great books curriculum

Deirdre Mundy, AB’99, on her family’s mode of human flourishing.

May I have this dance?

Waltz, foxtrot, twist, boogie: a look back at 125 years of Alumni Weekend dance parties.


Finding their voice

So ... what’s the deal with the doll on the cover? 

Top 10 cities with the most College alumni

Want to find your fellow Maroons? Here’s where to look.

What’s new in the College

A digest of College news.

Hound of love

Meet Gracie, the love- and philosophy-inspiring pooch.


Kitchen chemistry

A new book by thermodynamicist Sandra Greer, SM’68, PhD’69, reveals the hard science behind the culinary arts. Plus: A recipe for collard greens. 


A poem from Glenway Wescott, EX 1919.