This summer at UChicago Richard Strier led sixteen scholars through the works of two masters of lyric poetry in "George Herbert and Emily Dickinson," a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers.
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.
“Researching Mexico” explores the University's century-long tradition of research and exploration in Mexico by displaying documents, photographs, and artifacts of various expeditions made by UChicago scholars.
Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways, especially through their influence on harmony and timbre.
Joyce Kuechler’s commitment to students has been recognized with the Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students. Kuechler, Department Coordinator for the Department of Art History, was praised in her nominations as a thoughtful and caring student advocate who offers a “mixture of compassion and practical advice.”
Violence erupted on the mountains of Sinjar during Matthew Barber’s research visit to the Dohuk region of northern Iraq. In response, Barber has turned his attention to documenting the Yazidi refugee crisis in a number of international media outlets.
The Center for Italian Opera Studies (CIAO) received a five-year grant from the Packard Humanities Institute to produce critical editions of Works of Gioachino Rossini in collaboration with Bärenreiter-Verlag and develop the database OperaCat.
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.
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.
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.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül awarded the Order of Merit to Cornell Fleischer, Kanuni Suleyman Professor, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, at a June 11 ceremony at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. The Order of Merit honors significant contributions made by international scholars to Turkish civilization, language, and culture.
Four Division of the Humanities scholars received American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) research and teaching fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year. The fellowships were awarded to Robert Bird, Steven Collins, Paul Copp, and Andrew Cashner.
The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates River in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden.
“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.”
Four faculty members and one graduate student in the Division of the Humanities have been honored for their commitment to excellence in pedagogy and student mentoring. The recipients will be recognized at ceremonies during the 519th Convocation.