Mixing race, religion, and policy
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.
The streets where Nobelists
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.”
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.
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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