cannot think when I have read any alumni magazine from cover to
cover without skipping (well, maybe all those classes since my
own) and must absolutely congratulate you on the splendid "Campus
of the Big Ideas" (June/02). Now there is
a bunch of reports that make one seriously proud of having a degree
from Chicago! What's more, I even reread most of them. As the
young say nowadays (I think), like, wow.
This issue will be a tough act to follow....
S. Miller, AM'54, PhD'66
Port Orange, Florida
Chicago - I hope only Chicago-could come up with a list of "big
issues and big problems" in the year 2002 and fail to address
the eco-crisis, even indirectly. When I see the specter of ecological
collapse, I also see Chicago's leaders standing around in confusion,
arms akimbo, saying "Wha' happen?" I can only conclude
they all try really hard not to see the big purple dinosaur in
the room. Chicago's failure to address this most urgent problem
in any meaningful way is very embarrassing to alumni of conscience.
P. Thurber, AB'84
concerns were a part of the symposium Why do we dig up the past?,
in which earth-sciences historiographer Susan Kidwell discussed
her work with ecologists and conservation biologists. Information
on the College's degree program in environmental studies is online.
The inter-disciplinary program includes faculty from the biological,
physical, and social sciences, as well as the Harris Graduate
School of Public Policy Studies.-Ed.