UChicago Professor Wins 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Ling Ma receives wide recognition for her apocalyptic novel, "Severance." Photo by Anjali Pinto.

Imagination, personal experience, and lucid prose complement the in-depth research and stealthy dose of satire in Severance, Ling Ma’s debut novel, which just received the 2018 Kirkus Prize for fiction. Expanded from what originally began as a short story, her book was selected from 1,193 books published during the past year. Each winning author of the Kirkus Prize receives $50,000 and widespread renown in the book publishing world.

Philosophy Professor Gabriel Richardson Lear to Deliver Aims of Education Address

Gabriel Richardson Lear

Gabriel Richardson Lear, professor in the Department of Philosophy, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College, will deliver the Aims of Education address to incoming UChicago students on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. During this celebrated UChicago tradition, she will talk about wonder and how it helps us to understand the world and ourselves.
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Heralded Composer and UChicago Colleagues Launch New Concert Series

Inaugural Season of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition

Award-winning UChicago composer Augusta Read Thomas is championing the inaugural session of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. She sees the opening season for these concerts as the start that advances beyond the UChicago campus. For example, one of Center’s featured musicians in the the Grossman Ensemble “could be ambassadors for the university and the city and the composers, and themselves,” says Thomas, University Professor of Composition in the Music Department of the Division of the Humanities.
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