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Learning Through Play

Patrick Jagoda and Melissa Gilliam with students.
Donning lab coats and pretending to be a group of time-traveling scientists in contact with the future would never qualify as a traditional teaching tactic. Nor would acting out a three-week sci-fi role-playing game along with 70 teenagers. But the team behind the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab believes such games can impart knowledge in ways that ordinary lectures can’t.

Gray Center to Continue Bold Collaborations Between Artists, Scholars

In its first three years, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry has made possible everything from a conference featuring the world’s leading cartoonists in dialogue with each other and a cross-section of faculty; to a monthlong alternate reality game involving students, a professor of English and an experimental phenomenologist from Montreal; to a yearlong collaborative exploration of low-level light undertaken by a distinguished physicist and an award-winning architect.

Joan Harris One of Three Arts Leaders With UChicago Ties to Receive National Medal of Arts

Joan Harris with President Obama
President Barack Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to three arts leaders with University of Chicago ties, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today.The honorees are longtime University supporter and arts patron Joan Harris and architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who designed the University’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The ceremony will take place on Monday, July 28 at the White House.

Chute Goes 'Outside the Box' in New Book on Contemporary Comics

Since joining the University of Chicago faculty in 2010, Hillary Chute quickly established herself as the campus’ resident comics expert. In addition to co-teaching a course on comics and autobiography with famed cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Chute organized a conference through the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, which brought together the world’s leading cartoonists for three days of public conversation.

Arts|Science Initiative Collaborations Inspire New Directions, Approaches to Research

“The Arts|Science Initiative actively engages students through direct dialogue and exchange,” said Julie Marie Lemon, the initiative’s program director and curator. “Where new relationships have developed, new networks and resources across the humanities and sciences have been established—ideas have been pushed, questions raised, knowledge transferred, and a new set of emergent possibilities revealed.”