Magazine's content has been considerably diluted."
The article "A Century of Gay Studies at Chicago" (October/00)
unfairly criticized the research of two of Chicago's outstanding
faculty members: Robert Michael and Edward Laumann. As a former
student of Bob Michael's, I have had an opportunity to examine
the cited research in depth. [
I get the impression that the U of C Magazine has not only become
physically thinner, but that its content has also been considerably
on gun control?
I read your magazine with great interest because of the top-notch
articles that are presented. In the past I remember terrific articles
on the possible future advances in the treatment of diabetes and
almost heroic efforts of alumni in business and activities to
benefit society. I found one item from the October/00 University
of Chicago Magazine almost too incredible to believe. [
first, physicians second
While I knew that political correctness now reaches every level
of society, "Women in White" (October/00) made me question the
quality of medical education at my alma mater: "How could I
have three children?"… when she found out she was pregnant.
and the snob factor
I enjoyed Herbert Gans's letter (October/00) expressing dismay
at the age-old scholarly signposts of civilization. "Concentration
and specialization" are the value-neutral terms archaeologists
now use to define civilized states.
Tenure and responsibility
James Shapiro's article in the August/00 issue, "Death in a Tenured
Position?" rightfully criticizes elderly tenured professors who
cling to their tenured positions and thereby effectively deny
not only tenure to younger professors but their chance for research
and administrative positions. His answer is lame: that senior
professors should voluntarily give up their privileges.
The importance of having captions
The August/00 issue of the University of Chicago Magazine
carried a rather innocuous, pallid piece on the enthusiams of
professors during "The Joys of Summer." It was a fun and easy
read, possibly placed by design after the more disturbing reprint
of a timely but controversial article on "Death in a Tenured Position."
Alumni nominations sought
The University of Chicago Alumni Association is seeking nominations
of alumni to serve on its Board of Governors, a 25-member group
that sets policy for the association and advises the University
on a range of issues. [
Hyde Park before urban renewal?
I am writing to ask for help with a short history of Hyde Park,
to be published in book form in September 2001. As there is
a significant visual component to the work, I am hoping that
some readers might be interested in contributing photographs
to such a project. [
This is not a problem.
a real problem. Every time I went to put the October/00 issue
aside for other tasks, I would browse another article and then
keep reading. What a comprehensive overview. Well done!
Fort Dodge, Iowa
In reading the October/00 issue of the Magazine, which I thoroughly
enjoyed as usual, I discovered two errors which I am certain you
would wish to correct. C. Eric Lincoln, who died May 14 ("Deaths,"
page 44), was not at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill but was the William R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor
of religion at Duke University. I received the Harold Washington
Literary Award ("For the Record," page 12) not in late July, but
in early June.
Durham, North Carolina
is the John H. Manley distinguished service professor emeritus
at Chicago and the James B. Duke professor emeritus of history
at Duke University. The Magazine regrets the errors.-Ed.
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