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Mixing Beatboxing with Opera, Acclaimed Composer Redefines Genre

left to right: Augusta Read Thomas and Nicole Paris

With an abundant imagination for sound and music, Prof. Augusta Read Thomas unfolds fresh sonic perspectives and a personal artistic voice in soaring pieces played around the world—all while shaping the field of classical composition at the University of Chicago. Now, the Grammy-winning composer renowned for her masterful use of instrumental color has created a new opera that features acclaimed beatboxer Nicole Paris, accompanied by a youth choir and chamber ensemble. The original work Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun will debut Oct. 26 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is the second opera Thomas has composed in close collaboration with librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer.

To Understand Today's Global Data Economy, Look to the Middle Ages

Benjamin Saltzman

News of privacy breaches and secret surveillance is a regular feature of the digital age. With Facebook’s announcement Friday that it has suspended more developer apps for misusing users’ data than previously identified, the company revealed how little we know about the life of our data, even when we already know it’s been breached.

2019 Humanities Day Keynote Presenter To Become Turner Classic Movies' First Black Host

Jacqueline Stewart by Joe Mazza

UChicago Humanities professor Jacqueline Stewart has been named the first black host for Turner Classic Movies. She will introduce the long-running weekly programming series Silent Sunday Nights. The film historian and preservationist also headlines this year's Humanities Day on October 19. 

Humanities Scholar Receives the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Rabindranath Tagore has greatly influenced Dipesh Chakrabarty’s scholarship, especially Tagore’s 1941 essay “The Crisis of Civilisation.” When the UChicago professor received the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize from the Government of West Bengal for his collection of essays, The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories (Oxford University Press, 2018), Chakrabarty recognized the honor and the irony of getting a prize named after one of his intellectual muses and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

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