Game Changer Chicago Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant

 Patrick Jagoda with Game Changer Chicago participants
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $1 million over two years to the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC Design Lab), co-directed by associate professor of English Patrick Jagoda, to advance its work developing game-based learning experiences that promote sexual and reproductive health, academic success, civic engagement, and overall well-being among urban youth.

Exhibition Shows How Christians, Muslims, Jews Created Vibrant Society in Medieval Cairo

Photo credit: Anna Ressman
A new exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum will offer a glimpse into everyday life in a lively, multicultural city in ancient Egypt. “A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo” features many objects that have never been displayed in the museum before and shows how people of different faiths interacted to create a vibrant society. The exhibition is on view from Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Sept. 13.

Linguists Tackle Computational Analysis of Grammar

Children don’t have to be told that “cat” and “cats” are variants of the same word—they pick it up just by listening. To a computer, though, they’re as different as, well, cats and dogs. Yet it’s computers that are assumed to be superior in detecting patterns and rules, not 4-year olds. John Goldsmith and Jackson Lee are trying to solve that puzzle or at least provide the tools to do so.

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