Campus of the Big Ideas
launch of The Chicago Initiative-the University's five-year, $2
billion fund-raising effort-was marked by an April 12 event that
focused on Chicago's intellectual initiatives.
symposia offered an opportunity to experience, in President Don
M. Randel's words, "the richness and the profound joy of
academic life." Crisscrossing disciplines and divisions,
some of the campus's best thinkers gathered to consider big issues
and big problems. In search of new knowledge and transformative
ideas, they demonstrated Chicago's-and the Chicago Initiative's-raison
the beginning: what do our origins tell us about ourselves?
Homo sapiens: are
we really rational creatures?
physical and biological sciences: what lies ahead?
services, or laws: how do we improve lives?
Clones, genes, and
stem cells: can we find the path to the greatest good?
How will technology change
the way we work and live?
Why do we dig up
Art for art's sake?
In the realm of
the senses: how do we understand what we see, hear, feel, smell,
Can we protect
civil liberties in wartime?