“This teacher does not exactly lead us to something and show it to us. It is more as if he stands in front of something which he can see and we cannot, pointing at it, talking about it, while all the time we see nothing. ... Then gradually ... we start to see it.”—James Redfield, LAB’50, AB’54, PhD’61, Quantrell Award Winner 1965, 1987
Art and design: Signal to noise
Actor, writer, and Edes Prize winner Lila Newman, AB’09, on the art of sound.
Clubs: Calculated risk
The UChicago Actuarial Initiative promotes math for fun and profit.
Housing: La vie est belle
The glamorous, mysterious life of Renée (Rupert) Granville-Grossman, AB’63.
Obituary: Donald Levine, AB’50, AM’54, PhD’57 (1931–2015)
Sociologist, professor, College dean, black belt, and Kuvia cofounder.
Sports: Field position
Head baseball coach John Fitzgerald, AB’98, on yelling, thinking, and failing.
Student life: Trivia, pursued
An evening of details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.
You need to know: Nobody cares what you think
Tips on speechwriting from Larry McEnerney, AB’80, director of the University of Chicago’s Writing Program and longtime instructor of the beloved class Little Red School House.
The University of Chicago Magazine has been published continuously since 1907; here are the features from the July–Aug/15 issue:
As free expression comes under challenge on some campuses, the University’s affirmation of a long-standing value may become a model for higher education.
Scientists are discovering how microbes not only make us sick but also keep our bodies working.
Of joy in the making
At convocation, one journey ended and another began for some 3,300 graduates. How did it feel? Their faces told the story.
Who’s the deviant here?
Sociologist Howard S. Becker, PhB’46, AM’49, PhD’51, talks about his career studying deviance.
Jonathan Rapping, AB’88, inspires attorneys who represent indigent clients to fight a system stacked against them.