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City sounds
Anthropologist Marina Peterson, AB’98, AM’00, PhD’05, analyzed, and performed in, a Los Angeles outdoor music series.

Prayer leader
Austin Murphy, AB’95, the youngest member of his Benedictine monastery, leads his elders as abbot.

The end of African American literature
Literary scholar Kenneth Warren contends that the formal designation went out with Jim Crow.


Wall Street Journal (April 2, 2011)
A very public intellectual
Joseph Epstein, AB’59, reviews a remembrance of Susan Sontag, AB’51, of whom he says, “not literature but self-promotion was her real métier.”

Chicago Tribune (March 29, 2011)
The king is in the building
The Oriental Institute’s Emily Teeter, PhD’90, says the museum’s statue of King Khasekhem is “like getting the Mona Lisa.”

Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2011)
A brownstone remade in Harlem
Julia Angwin, AB’92, chronicles her 13-month, $420,000 rehab of a home that had fallen into disrepair.

WBEZ (March 28, 2011)
The economics of baseball
Jon Greenberg, AM’07, and Charles Wheelan, PhD’98, calculate the costs of being a White Sox versus a Cubs fan.

USA Today (March 22, 2011)
People can exercise only so much self-control
UChicago psychology professor Sian Beilock says “being taxed in terms of doing one task can have spillover effects on another.”


Friday, April 8
Scrappers Viewing and Q&A
7:00–9:30 p.m. | Durham, NC

Sunday, April 10
Harper Lecture
with UEI Director Timothy Knowles

3:00–4:30 p.m. | Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 13
Building a Greener Atlanta:
Plains, Trains, and Non-automobiles

6:30–8:00 p.m. | Atlanta

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Sweet ride
A yellow Volkswagen Beetle with a giant Peep on its roof? Resistance is futile. Watch the slideshow for inspiration to enter the Magazine’s Peeps Diorama Contest—the deadline has been extended to April 10.

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Maroon lens
Political scientist and filmmaker Roy Germano, AM’03, explores Mexican immigration from both sides of the border.