From the editor

We’ll always have Paris

Carrie Golus, AB’91, AM’93

“I remember he was short,” says Carol (Saposnik) Lobron, LAB’54, AB’59, of Jean Louis Vigier, the mayor of Paris (see photo below). “I had to bend over a little for the photo op.” Vigier, who came to campus in the fall of 1958, toured the Institutes for Basic Research and the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital.

Lobron doesn’t speak French. “I don’t think I said anything but ‘hi,’” she says. She did kiss Vigier on both cheeks; he gave her an Hermès silk scarf. “It’s beautiful, with wheat sheaves on a white background,” says Lobron. More than five decades later she still wears it.

Lobron and Vigier


Merci beaucoup

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I was an undergrad, the College didn’t offer faculty-taught study abroad programs. Arranging your own program was difficult and therefore rather unusual. For transfer students like me, who had to cram in all the Core requirements while also attempting to major in something, studying abroad was completely out of the question.

So when I traveled to Paris last fall to write about the study abroad programs there, I felt like I had been given a second chance. In Chicago, Paris program coordinator Dana Currier, AM’05, answered my endless questions with equally endless patience. In Paris, so did the center’s staff: Sébastien Greppo, Coraline Echasseriau, and Xin Miao, AM’07. I’m sure I was more demanding than any of the actual students. Thank you.


Cloudy sunset on Pont Neuf. (Photography by Loïc Lagarde, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Below: John Louis Vigier, Mayor of Paris, is welcomed to the University by senior Carol Saposnik, 1958 (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf3-02670, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)