Summer reading, Chicago style

At Chicago, summer doesn’t mean a break from learning. In late August, three undergrads around campus pored over books as they waited for classes to resume in fall quarter.


Justin Shelby, '10
Where: Studying at a table in Hutchinson Commons.
Reading: The Iliad
Shelby spent his summer on an epic task—tackling Homer in the original ancient Greek. He’s reading it “for fun and also for research.” As part of a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which supports summer academic projects, he is “researching syntax and morphology…formal correlations within the system of Greek and Latin and Hittite.”


Sid Branca Cook, '09
Where: Working at Ex Libris, the Regenstein basement coffee shop.
Reading: Words on Mime (Mime Journal) by Etienne Decroux
Cook is preparing for her BA. “I’m doing physical-theater performance, so I’m reading up on types of theater that I’m interested in.” A theater and performance studies major, Cook’s thesis will include both a performance and written critical analysis. She spent part of her summer at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts, training and learning.


Ben Linsay, '10
Where: Taking a lunch break in Cobb.
Reading: Abstracts of journal articles from Genetics
Assisting in summer research in a genetics lab through the Biological Sciences Division summer program, Linsay also continues his job through the academic year. As part of his “homework” for his job, he reads papers from journals like Genetics to help understand "research and methods in my field"—today’s article is on chromosomal patterning and mutations.

Rose Schapiro, '09

September 8, 2008