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Can the Great Lakes Be Saved?

March 26, 2017

In this essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Faculty Fellow Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and the Social Sciences) reviews and considers The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. 

Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City)

March 14, 2017

In this New York Times video and accompanying article, Faculty Fellow Theaster Gates (Art & Public Life) discusses his new exhibition, "The Minor Arts," which opened at the National Gallery of Art last week and runs through Sept. 4.

Anxiety Affects Test Scores Even Among Students Who Excel at Math

March 10, 2017

Facutly Fellow Sian Beilock, a Principal Investigator on The Body’s Role in Thinking, Performing, and Referencing research project, speaks to UChicago News about the effects of anxiety on test-takers. 

Whitney Cox on David Shulman’s “Tamil”

March 6, 2017

Faculty Fellow Whitney Cox, a principal investigator on the Imperial Interstices project, reviews David Shulman's Tamil, a "biography" of one of the world's oldest languages. "Gently humorous, frequently lyrical, and wearing great learning very lightly, the book’s prose admirably summons up what it might be like to listen to a series of lectures by a gifted teacher," Cox writes in The New York Review of Books.

University to Celebrate Life and Legacy of Poet Gwendolyn Brooks

February 22, 2017

Faculty Fellow and Principal Investigator of the Outsider Writing research project John Wilkinson discusses the upcoming Centennial Brooks celebration honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. 

Robert Shiller on “Narrative Economics”

February 17, 2017

The Nobel laureate and Yale scholar delivered a Director’s Lecture January 26 in which he considered the role of narratives as drivers of economic activity.

Game-Designing Professor Will Take Leave Next Year

February 17, 2017

Faculty Fellow Patrick Jagoda (Gaming Orientation Project) has big plans for his sabbatical, including creating a game in which players will tackle a series of medical mysteries and epidemiological disasters. 

W.J.T. Mitchell on “American Psychosis”

February 16, 2017

In an essay adapted from a lecture delivered at the Université de Genève, Faculty Fellow W.J.T. Mitchell (Art & Public Life) explores "the consequences of collective irrationality, folly, and delusion."

Will Brazil’s Prison Riots Spur Needed Reforms?

February 9, 2017

The only way Brazil can prevent a “bloody, national-scale gang war,” argues Benjamin Lessing, a principal investigator on the State, Violence, and Social Control research project, is to “craft a better prison strategy.” Curbing prison violence is a crucial first step, he tells the Christian Science Monitor.

Vostell, Fluxus and the Art of Protest

February 8, 2017

Chicago Tribune art critic Lori Waxman considers how the Neubauer Collegium Exhibition "Fantastic Architecture" offers "a timely study in the ways that certain avant-garde artists in the late 1960s and early '70s made art that looked like art while taking protest to heart."


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