Tracking down a nation’s treasures
For scholars concerned about how
Iraqi antiquities weathered the war, the truth is hard to uncover.
This past January, as the United States weighed the prospect of
war in Iraq, Oriental Institute professor McGuire Gibson, AM’64,
PhD’68, was among a group of archaeologists who provided Pentagon
officials with the locations of thousands of Iraq’s antique
ruins, only 15 percent of which have been excavated. Gibson, president
of the American Association for Research in Baghdad, and the other
experts urged the official to comply with the 1954 Hague Convention
and not target cultural sites.
I-House renovates with new funds
Home to Nobel laureates (Enrico
Fermi, to name one) and poets (Langston Hughes), International House
has played a special role in the life of the University since 1932,
when John D. Rockefeller Jr. funded construction of the Holabird
& Root design to promote international understanding. This April
the University’s trustees gave I-House a new lease on life,
approving a $21 million budget to renovate the building’s
exterior, systems, and bedrooms.
the homeland-security front
There’s another stack of student
files in Tamara Felden’s mailbox, as there has been nearly
every day this spring. The other six international-affairs staff
mailboxes have files in them too: plain manila folders that tether
the University’s international students to their U.S. studies.
Q & A - Building a bigger, better
Meredith Mack has been associate vice president for Facilities Services
since 1999, overseeing more than $500 million in new construction,
Chicago’s largest-ever building campaign. Facilities Services
supports the University in campus planning and construction. It
operates and maintains 119 campus teaching, administrative, and
research facilities and cultivates and maintains campus gardens
and lawns. Facilities also manages outsourced projects such as custodial
services and specialized construction and repair.
Summer grants inspire art
Sweet dreams are made of this /
Who am I to disagree,” the up-tempo Eurythmics song blares
against the dark stage. A spotlight illuminates fourth-year Kay
Perdue, in red V-neck and jeans, who begins pushing around the stage
a white refrigerator on wheels. She dances vigorously to the 1980s
rock number and then shoves the refrigerator away violently. Then
she warms up to the large appliance, slithering against it, climbing
on top of it. Jumping off, she resumes anger, giving the fridge
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