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Seven international artists explore intersection of creative practice and human rights

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:00
What is an artistic practice of human rights? That is the driving question of an upcoming UChicago summit, in which distinguished international artists will explore how the arts can address some of the world's most important human rights problems—from criminal justice to refugee crises. The summit, to be held on April 29 and May 1, will be a chance for a diverse group of artists to share their practices and frame new conversations around myriad human rights issues. It is co-presented by the...

Neubauer Collegium selects new faculty research projects

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:57
What are the social and ethical implications of machine-learning algorithms that can accurately predict crime in Chicago? How should we rethink the very meaning of a natural history museum to become better stewards of the art and artifacts of indigenous peoples? What can we learn from the language of an individual who lacks typical human senses to perceive the world? These are just some of the complex humanistic questions that will be addressed in the 13 collaborative research projects that...

Scientists examine ‘perfect storms’ fueling vast tropical biodiversity

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:02
Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles. Understanding exactly what shapes this pattern, known as the latitudinal diversity gradient, is not just key to knowing the nature of life on Earth, but it also could help scientists slow biodiversity loss and protect areas of the globe that generate a disproportionate variety of species. David Jablonski, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor of...