DoVA Faculty Members and Alumni Recognized as "Chicago's Artists' Artists"

Color Jam, Elizabeth Stockholder
Seven faculty members and alumni from the Department of Visual Arts appear in Newcity’s 2014 Art 50. Newcity publishes the list every other year “…to celebrate the accomplishments of a few people who work hard and smart, and who happen to call Chicago their home,” billing the artists as “Chicago’s Artists’ Artists.”

Victor Friedman Honored for Scholarship and Professional Service

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) honored Victor Friedman with the 2014 Distinguished Contributions Award.

Friedman, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics, was recognized by ASEEES for his distinguished career in linguistics and his record of excellent research and scholarship. He is the third UChicago professor in a row to be honored with this award, following Professor Emeritus Ronald Suny (2013) and Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita Sheila Fitzpatrick (2012), and the first from the Division of the Humanities.

“By recognizing my scholarship, ASEEES is affirming the value of small and contested languages such as Modern Macedonian, which is one of my main areas of concentration,” says Friedman. As the third linguist so honored by the ASEEES, Friedman says, “the award is testimony to the value of doing linguistics that keeps the place of language in society firmly in view.”

Established in 1948, ASEEES advances knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in a regional and global context by supporting teaching, research, and publications related to the study of the region.

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.