Audio/Visuals: UChicago’s most eligible bachelor?

Raúl Coronado, assistant professor of English, reps Hyde Park on Chicago Magazine’s list of the city of Chicago's top 20 singles. He’s on leave for the academic year, so the fawning will have to wait.

Jake Grubman, ’11

Audio/Visuals: Mr. Fix-it


Matthew Crawford, AM’92, PhD’00, sits down with the BBC to discuss his transition from academia to motorcycle-ology, explaining the satisfaction of not being able “weasel your way out” of fixing a Ducati engine.

Jake Grubman, '11

Audio/Visuals: Visualizing the heartland


Opening October 1, the Smart Museum's exhibit Heartland offers an idiosyncratic look at the innovative forms of artistic creation taking place in the American heartland. Hear artists Artur Silva, Greely Myatt, and Deb Sokolow talk about their installations and performances.

Click on the image above to go to the Smart's Web site where the video is hosted.



Audio/Visuals: Sound of science


Carl Sagan, AB'54, SB'55, SM'56, PhD'60, sings about the universe with the help of Auto-Tune (and creative sound-blending by musician John Boswell).

Audio/Visuals: Green house


Environmentalist and recent "alternative Nobel" recipient David Suzuki, AM'93, shares his energy-saving tips.

Audio/Visuals: Circular logic

Music by Philip Glass, AB'56, accompanies "Geometry of Circles," an animation created thirty years ago for Sesame Street.

Audio/Visuals: Superfreakonomist


Economics professor Steven D. Levitt talks about controversial findings in his new book SuperFreakonomics, the followup to Freakonomics.

Audio/Visuals: Chicago symphony

Listen to "Allegro inquieto" from music professor Easley Blackwood's Symphony no. 5, op. 34, as performed in 1992 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted by James DePreist.

Audio/Visuals: Influence of immigrants

Public television journalist Ray Suarez, AM'92, talks about immigration as it relates to business, politics, culture and demographic changes in our schools.

Audio/Visuals: Choice architecture

PBS Nightly Business Report's Susie Gharib interviews Chicago Booth professor Richard Thaler about behavioral finance and its practical implications.

Audio/Visuals: Humbling experience


Philip Roth, AM'55, sits down with Tina Brown to talk about writing and his latest novel, The Humbling. Watch one of the six segments from their chat:

Audio/Visuals: Artists’ rendering


Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien unveil the design for the Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Audio/Visuals: Rockin’ mnemonic


University of Chicago medical student John Paro has set study aids to music, writing tunes such as “The Pelvis Ho-Down” and “Bought the Pharm.”

Audio/Visuals: Class action


The University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program uses rigorous training methods to lower teacher turnover.

Audio/Visuals: Civil rights and democracy


Sojourners magazine's assistant editor Jeannie Choi interviews African American historian and scholar Vincent Harding, AM'56, PhD'65.

Audio/Visuals: Lie down, Chicago Bears

Lie down, Chicago Bears

Frustrated by the Chicago Bears' losing season, Joe Schmitt, AB'91 (front row, center), penned new lyrics for Al Hoffman's classic "Bear Down, Chicago Bears."

Audio/Visuals: End of an era

Packers, Willie Davis

University of Chicago trustee emeritus Willie Davis, MBA'68, reminisces about his time as a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers.

What will become of the books?


Princeton history professor Anthony Grafton, AB'71, PhD'75, speaks to the American Historical Association about how the digital age is forever transforming libraries and the way scholars use them—for better and for worse.

Enemies of art—and science


"It is not a coincidence, in my opinion, that the enemies of science also tend to be the enemies of art," says Jamil Khoury, AM'92, artistic director of Chicago's Silk Road Theatre Project. Learn more about the common ground between art and science as he and other playwrights discuss Silk Road's current production The DNA Trail. Inspired by genetic DNA testing, the eclectic piece, made up of one-act plays by seven different playwrights, explores how the double helix interacts with culture to shape identity.

Swab Stories (University of Chicago Magazine)

DNA Trail playwrights discuss the writing process. (YouTube)

DNA Trail Roundtable at Columbia College (YouTube)

SASA's got talent

Last week the South Asian Students Association (SASA) hosted its 23rd annual cultural show, Jashan ("celebration" in Urdu), at Mandel Hall. Included in the price of the ticket were an Indian meal and a T-shirt—and a whole lot of singing and dancing.

From Bollywood dancing...

Bollywood.jpg Michael Jackson tributes...


...and even an a cappella rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”...


...SASA put on quite a show. And if you can’t believe you missed the fun, the wonders of technology will make you feel like you were there. (We can’t help you with the Indian food, though.)

Elizabeth Chan

Short shorts

Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman, AB'09, uses his cell phone to create small video moments.

Just as big-screen film jumps blindly into the third dimension, adding pop-out pyrotechnics to every new release and even 3-D-ifying old favorites, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman has brought video production to just about the smallest scale possible.

His new blog, Cell Phone Videos, includes samples of spiders crawling, dogs patrolling rooftops, and cow skins rolling off the slaughterhouse dissembly line. Some are heavily cut to produce surreal movement effects, others simply admire the way an overcast sky looks from a moving car. The medium is something of a break from the hard work of watching busy big-budget movies. "Like a warm rhubarb pie or a cup of coffee at daybreak, cell phone videos will always be there," Hurwitz-Goodman wrote in an e-mail to Fire Escape Films, the University filmmaking club.

In the spirit of Cell Phone Videos, a certain University of Chicago Magazine intern has produced a couple shorts with his LG Versa. Feel heartwarmed.

Burke Frank, '11

revolving door   intern

caution   hair

waste management   countdown

Audio/Visual: The makings of a hung jury

Foreman of Rod Blagojevich's hung jury James Matsumoto, AB'77, AM'78, sits down with WTTW's Chicago Tonight.


Blagojevich jury foreman James Matsumoto, AB'77, AM'78, has been credited with keeping the jury together during the months-long case. He discussed the trial on Chicago Tonight on Thursday, along with jury member Ralph Schindler.

Asher Klein, '11

Connecting with veterans

Art initiates life in a discussion about life after war, prompted by the Lyric Opera’s new show, Hercules.

By Asher Klein, '11

A propos of the Lyric Opera’s new production of Handel’s Hercules, set in the modern day in what might be Iraq or Afghanistan, the University and Lyric Opera organized “War Follows Everyone Home,” a talk on the experience of veterans returning home after war. The hour-long discussion included director Peter Sellars, trustee Jack Fuller, former publisher of the Tribune, journalist Julia Keller, and psychology professor John Cacioppo.

A room with a view

Sunsets, fireworks, Obama on the Midway—you can see it all from the top of UChicago’s newest residence hall.

By Elizabeth Station

Just over a year ago, when the South Campus Residence Hall opened, campus officials touted the building’s amenities: sunny study lounges, a floor plan that encourages social life—and spectacular vistas of the campus, city, and lakefront for residents whose seniority earned them first dibs on “goal rooms” in the House lottery.

Meg Bowie, ’13, shares a top floor apartment with three others. “It’s just incredible to hang out in here,” she says. “You can see all sorts of stuff—people ice skating, walking around, people you recognize down there. And the skyline is obviously nice.”

On fall evenings, Bowie and her roommates glimpsed fireworks in the distance over Navy Pier. When the Math-Stat building caught fire, they had a bird’s-eye view. When President Obama campaigned on the Midway last November, they watched the set-up before descending to attend the rally.

How did a second-year score such prime real estate? It helped to know a rising fourth-year. Justin Yeh, ’11, got the top lottery pick and pulled in Bowie, along with roommates Matt Phillips and Mark Santana, both ’13. Goal-room occupants don’t have squatters’ rights, so their room assignments for next year will depend on the luck of the draw.

The only downside to living up-market is that the view may be a little too nice. “Since we have this cool space, sometimes people will come by and want to hang out,” says Bowie. “It’s hard to get your work done.”

Audio/Visuals: Best in show choir

Filmmaker Marissa Flaxbart, AB'05, revisits her old glee clubs in Chesterton, Indiana, to make a documentary about high-school show-choir life.

By Ruth E. Kott, AM'07


It's hard enough to sing in front an auditorium full of people. But add choreography in unison with a group of other singers—on risers!—and it becomes a whole other animal. In Marissa Flaxbart's new documentary, show/choir, shot during the 2005–06 school year at her alma mater Chesterton High School, she follows two of her high school's singing groups, the Sandpipers and the Drifters.

Show choir "was the thing that most dominated your time and your life,” Flaxbart, AB'05, told the UChicago News Office. “The excitement of being on stage is very real, very exhilarating.”

The art of cartooning

Dream up a story. Grab a marker and some index cards. And follow simple advice from Ivan Brunetti, AB’89, to create your own comic strip.

By Elizabeth Station


Comics artist and teacher Ivan Brunetti describes Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (Yale University Press, 2011) as “a classroom in a book” for aspiring cartoonists or anyone curious about the medium. “It is a ‘how-to’ book in the sense that essentially, it points you to discovering your own style, your own voice, and your own stories.”