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Base in Beijing
The University’s new Center in Beijing guarantees established Chicago–China partnerships will continue to flourish.

The nature of loneliness
Chicago psychologist John Cacioppo digs for the roots of social isolation and its effects on health and humanity.

Linguistic detective
Lorenzo Dow Turner, PhD’26, identified the African influences in the Gullah dialect.


New Yorker (November 1, 2010)
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library opens
Exhibits at the Indianapolis museum include a gallery of the author’s art.

MSNBC (November 10, 2010)
Science in the future tense
Astrophysicist Michael Turner predicts dark matter will be detected during this decade.

Chicago Sun-Times (November 9, 2010)
South Side man pleads guilty in student’s murder
Jamal Bracey was sentenced to 35 years for the 2007 shooting of graduate student Amadou Cisse.

New York Times (November 8, 2010)
Dispatches from a life in literature
Saul Bellow’s real-life letters are as arresting as Herzog’s.

Chicago Now (November 5, 2010)
Chicago’s forgotten movie star
After teaching math at the University, Milton Sills, AB 1903, became a Hollywood leading man in the 1920s.


Tuesday, November 30
DC Club Programming Dinner Meeting
6:30–8 p.m. | Washington, DC

Wednesday, December 1
Wine and Cheese Holiday Gathering
6:30–9 p.m. | Austin, TX

Thursday, December 2
An Alumni Reception
6–8 p.m. | Portland, OR

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Housing stock
The late Chicago law professor Bernard Meltzer’s (AB’35, JD’37) 106-year-old Hyde Park home gets a 21st-century makeover.

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Contested ideas
A parody column gave David Brooks, AB’83, his big break. Now you can enter the Magazine’s David Brooks Column Parody Contest to show him what it’s like on the other end of the satirical pen.

Hindsight is 20/20
Previously the editors of the Core asked College alumni which course you wish you'd taken, or which one you ’d like to do over again. Only a few of you replied, so we’re posing the question again, with a twist.

Fill in the blanks: If I had/hadn't learned X in the College, I would/wouldn't have Y. Feel free to add a line or two of color commentary. E-mail your story to with “Go ask alumni” in the subject line by Wednesday, November 24.