Rendering of the new University of Chicago center in Paris

The new Center in Paris will nearly triple the current capacity, allowing 100 more undergraduates to study abroad each year. (Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang)

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New Paris Center named for John Boyer

UChicago alumni and parents have contributed $27 million to rename the University’s new Center in Paris and establish a new professorship in honor of John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, senior advisor to the president and the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History. Boyer served as dean of the College for 31 years and was instrumental in conceptualizing the first Center in Paris in 2003. The new Center, designed by Jeanne Gang, is scheduled to open in 2024.

2023 Quantrell winners announced

Five faculty members have been recognized with the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which is based on letters of nomination from students. This year’s recipients are Leora Auslander, the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity and History; Michael Gladders, professor of astronomy and astrophysics; Robert L. Kendrick, the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Romance Languages and Literatures; Phoebe Rice, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and James Sparrow, associate professor of history. Established in 1938, the Quantrell is believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.

Inaugural Sonnenschein award given to Ricky Holder, AB’23

During the Class Day ceremonies (see remarks from Class Day speaker Bret Stephens, AB’95), Ricky Holder, AB’23, was presented with the inaugural Hugo F. Sonnenschein Award of Excellence, the highest honor to be bestowed upon undergraduates in the College. Holder, a Navy veteran who spent nine years in foster care, will be a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford next year. He was one of three student speakers at Class Day, along with fellow graduates Daphne de Beistegui, AB’23, and Jeremy Huang, AB’23. Read more at