How Do We Live Online? Virtual Philosophy Discussion Tackles Big Questions

Agnes Callard photo by Eddie Quinones

For three hours, the usernames flitted up the screen. There were University of Chicago students, as always. But joining them were visitors from Texas and Arizona, from Ireland and Germany and Australia. There were teens, middle-aged men and women—and at least one septuagenarian.

This was the online debut for Night Owls, the popular philosophy discussion series started by Assoc. Prof. Agnes Callard. Since 2017, the UChicago scholar has operated the late-night, on-campus event, gathering hundreds to talk about everything from love and divorce to violence and death.

Five UChicago Scholars Awarded 2020 Guggenheim Fellowships

Photo by Jean Lachat

Guggenheim Fellowships have been awarded this year to five University of Chicago scholars, writers and artists who examine everything from sign language to video games to theater, from medieval Islam to the 20th-century United States.

Four of the five scholars—Prof. Diane Brentari, Prof. Patrick Jagoda, Prof. Tahera Qutbuddin, and Associate Prof. Catherine Sullivan—are from the Division of the Humanities and are among the 175 fellows selected in this year’s class from nearly 3,000 applicants. Since 1925, the Guggenheim Fellowships have been given on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise—granting more than $375 million to over 18,000 individuals.

Alternate Reality Game Sparks Innovative Student Ideas About Climate Change

An alternate reality game called Terrarium, created by UChicago faculty, including Prof. Patrick Jagoda (above), encouraged incoming students to work collaboratively. Photo by Eliana Melmed

As one of their first challenges at the University of Chicago, undergraduate students were given five minutes to tell the world how they planned on saving it. A new 17-minute video showcases UChicago students talking about how the alternate reality game, Terrarium, encouraged them to think critically about climate change.

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