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AUGUST 2003
Volume 95, Issue 6
 

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Mixing race, religion, and policy
At the opening dinner to the Race Center’s inaugural conference, Jesse Jackson arrives late but doesn’t hold back.
The Ida Noyes crowd—50 community leaders and scholars from around the country, most of them black—mingles before dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m., awaiting the evening’s keynote speaker. The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, X’67, is notoriously late, so at 7:30 assistant political-science professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell, lead organizer of “Faith of a Race: African American Religion and Contemporary U.S. Public Policy”—the June 26–28 miniconference that brings Jackson to campus—ushers the guests into the dark-wood library lounge. They dine on a salmon and beef buffet as they discuss photographer Dawoud Bey’s recent Smart Museum exhibit, the success of local high school Kenwood Academy, whose interim principal, Arthur Slater, sits nearby, and whether Chicago has a Southern feel.
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“There was more money raised during the 1980s than was raised in all periods prior to 1980, and it was a great time to be on [Wall] Street. But the ‘80s ended with a bang...the country entered a deep recession. In August 1990 Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and the U.S. went to war. Sound familiar?”

—University trustee Andrew Alper, AB’80, MBA’81, speaking at the June 15 Graduate School of Business commencement.


The streets where Nobelists live
Not since A Beautiful Mind won the 2001 Academy Award for best picture has genius been so popular. That is, until the Alumni Weekend 2003 Homes of the Nobel Laureates debut tour took an SRO trolley-load of Chicago alumni into the world of the super smart. Led by Hyde Park Historical Society docent Bert Benade, X’48, the tour showcased 32 homes of the University’s 74 Nobel Prize winners. To prepare for the inaugural tour, Benade paged through an entire set of University directories in the Regenstein archives. “Some of these Nobel laureates were only at the University of Chicago for a short time,” he explained, “so there isn’t always an official record of where they lived.”
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Wholly timber, Batman
The call to the U of C radiology department came from Cooperstown the evening of June 4. They needed evidence, proof, X-rays. They needed them fast, and they needed them kept quiet. The urgency and secrecy had nothing to do with life or death, with patient confidentiality, with HIPAA run amuck. It had to do with history. The Baseball Hall of Fame had a hero with a hole in his honor.
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College Report
Getting oriented for O-Week
The online bulletin board that the College Programming Office (CPO) created last year for incoming students’ class Web site was perhaps more successful than expected in facilitating pre-College interaction. Some students “actually started dating,” says CPO director Linda Choi, MBA’96. And that was without the benefit of pictures. This year a photo gallery was added to the site. Between late May and mid-July the class of 2007 had posted more than 7,000 messages, and about 180 students had posted their e-mail addresses, AOL Instant Messenger names, and photos. Students formed social groups, says CPO assistant director Carrie Goldin, organizing meetings for L.A. residents or trading CDs.
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