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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."

Neubauer Collegium Selects New Faculty Research Projects

February 7, 2017

The Neubauer Collegium has announced 13 new collaborative research projects for 2017-2018. The projects will be led by UChicago faculty representing almost every department in the Division of the Humanities and Division of the Social Sciences, as well as divisions and professional schools across the University. 

An Expert Take on Performing Under Pressure

February 3, 2017

Faculty Fellow Sian Beilock, who recently won the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, discusses her insights on the psychology of performance under pressure with the Wall Street Journal. “We think of the mind as telling the body what to do,” she says, “but it’s not a one-way street.”

Concrete Car Sparks Dialogue on Public Art

January 26, 2017

Three new exhibitions at the University of Chicago examine the meaning of Wolf Vostell’s iconic sculpture Concrete Traffic, conserved and restored by Faculty Fellow Christine Mehring (Art History) as part of the Material Matters research project at the Neubauer Collegium. "Having Concrete Traffic back, and staging these three exhibitions simultaneously, makes for an extraordinary moment for visual art on campus, an example of what can happen when scholarly research, pedagogical training, and public engagement come together," Mehring tells UChicago News.

Trump Pledge to “Send in the Feds” Rankles Chicago Cops, Criminals and Academics

January 25, 2017

Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Principal Investigator on the Neubauer Collegium research project The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World, reflects on the president's interest in federal law enforcement as a way to help address the homicide epidemic in Chicago. "If the idea is send in the feds with guns and batons, he's likely to make the problem worse," Stuart tells Newsweek.

Stone thresholds

January 18, 2017

In a new paper, Faculty Fellow John Wilkinson considers three kinds of aesthetic experiences elicited by a set of artworks that depict a threshold between the human and the non-human. Wilkinson, a Professor in the Department of English and Chair for Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Chicago, is the principal investigator on the Outsider Writing collaborative research project at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Brazil’s Prison Massacres Are a Frightening Window into Gang Warfare

January 17, 2017

Benjamin Lessing, Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Principal Investigator on the Neubauer Collegium research project The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World, explores Brazil’s devastating prison crisis in The Washington Post. "After dominating and transforming the criminal underworlds of their respective home states in the 1990s," Lessing writes, Brazil's most powerful gangs "are now colonizing prisons."

Winter Preview: 10 Art Shows Not to Miss

December 28, 2016

The Neubauer Collegium exhibition Vostell, Fluxus, and the Built Environment is cited, along with the Smart Museum's "Vostell Concrete: 1969–1973," among the Chicago Tribune's must-see art shows of the season.

Vostell’s Concrete Traffic Sculpture Cited Among “Best Art of 2016”

December 9, 2016

Wolf Vostell's "Concrete Traffic" sculpture, a work from 1970 in which the noted Fluxus artist encased a Cadillac DeVille in 16 tons of concrete, has been included on the Chicago Tribune's Best Art of 2016 list. Long forgotten, the sculpture was recently restored by Christine Mehring, Department Chair and Professor of Art History and the College, as part of the Neubauer Collegium's Material Matters research project, and is now on display in a parking lot at the University of Chicago.

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