“The very arbitrariness of the cinematic marketplace, the element of chance in the ‘discovery’ of a star, became part of that promotional discourse, essential to the myth that the star was a creation of his or her loving public.”—UChicago film scholar Miriam Hansen (1949–2011), Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film (1991)
Activism: wikipedia brown finds the clues
Eve Ewing, AB’08—sociologist, writer, poet, and Twitter star—studies racism and inequality in public schools.
Forgotten history: Postwar prefabs
After World War II, veterans and their families lived in tiny, uninsulated houses—and felt grateful to have them.
Politics: “Fervently moderate” Senator Charles H. Percy, AB’41
Percy made it onto Nixon’s notorious “enemies list.” Percy himself had no enemies list—and neither does his daughter.
Sociology: How to talk to gang members
Sociologist Forrest Stuart spent a year hanging out with a Chicago gang. Here’s how he did it.
Traditions: 70 years of mishegoss
Highlights of last year's Latke-Hamantash Debate.
Administrivia: A score of service
For 20 years, the University Community Service Center has helped students build a more just Chicago.
Adulting: The five biggest money mistakes you’re making
Ted Gonder, AB’12, has taught high school students about personal finance, and he can teach you too.
Free money for smart people: How to win that prestigious scholarship
Top tips from the College Center for Scholarly Advancement.
Punkt-Kontrapunkt: Words of wisdom from the Habsburgs
Summarized by John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, dean of the College.
Top 10: Coolest Dean’s Fund destinations
The top 10 trips we wish we’d been invited on.
UChicago creatures: A meerkat’s day
Time tracking for meerkats.
Poetry: “to the notebook kid”
Poet Eve Ewing, AB'08, is also a sociologist, writer, and Twitter star known as wikipedia brown.
Recipe: Pasta with jam sauce
With West Collins, son of actor Misha Collins, AB’97, cooking requires a deep interrogation of the word “edible.”
Seen and heard: Army of one
Sarah Starr, Class of 2017 (mathematics and political science), is UChicago’s only undergrad in the Army Reserve.
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