At last, Chicago gets an alumni
In October alumni will have a new
campus home in the former McCormick Theological Seminary
building. They’ve been waiting and asking and hoping
for six years, but now members of the Alumni Board of Governors
can safely say they have not done so in vain. In October
the University will open an alumni center in the former
McCormick Theological Seminary building at 56th and Woodlawn.
techie called Doctor Fun
A forthcoming book from Chicago examines physics, chemistry,
paleontology, biology, literature, and American culture.
But it’s hardly an academic treatise. Doctor Fun:
Greatest Hits, 1993–2003 (Plan Nine Publishing)—a
collection of single-paneled, animal-charactered, idiom-twisting
cartoons in the tradition of Gary Larson’s The
Far Side— comes from David Farley, U of C Libraries
technology-support manager by day, Web cartoonist by night.
free trade and terrorism mix
Even economist Gary Becker, AM’53,
PhD’55, was flummoxed by the title of the Graduate
School of Business panel discussion he headlined this past
March at the Gleacher Center. “I had to ask, what
did you mean, ‘Exploring the Limits of Globalization’?”
in whose interest?
If an Illinois death-row inmate wants no part in
the blanket clemency granted by outgoing Governor George
Ryan this past January, should he remain on death row? That’s
one of several questions before the Illinois Supreme Court
this spring, as Cook County State’s Attorney Richard
Devine and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan prepare
to challenge Ryan’s controversial act.
Public policy, Chicago style
On July 1 Susan E. Mayer became
dean of the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy
Studies, the youngest of Chicago’s professional schools.
What began in the mid-1970s as the Committee on Public Policy
Studies became a school in 1988 and was named Harris in
1990. The school has grown over time, last year admitting
about 130 master’s candidates.
From big screen to Big Problems
Sometimes a film is so engrossing,
so all-encompassing, that it doesn’t dissipate when
the lights come up. Like a hallucination or a fever dream,
the film leaves its audience disoriented, disturbed, changed.
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