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The University of Chicago will convene artists and scholars from around the world on Feb. 6 for the U.S.-China Forum , a one-day symposium that will examine how the countries intersect, interact and overlap through the arts. Held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the public event will feature performances, lectures and in-depth conversations between distinguished UChicago scholars and renowned artists such as Xu Bing and Miao Ying. The closing keynote address will be delivered by...
The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong has won the prestigious Prix Versailles international design award. The campus, which opened in 2018 , was awarded the Special Prize for Interior in the Prix Versailles Campuses category, in recognition of its innovation, creativity, energy efficiency, reflection of local, natural, and cultural heritage, and its promotion of the values of social interaction and...
The University of Chicago is preparing to host Urban October at UChicago in collaboration with UN-Habitat. The monthlong initiative brings together policy leaders, public officials, community members and leading researchers from Chicago and around the world to focus on some of the most profound challenges facing global cities. Today, 4.3 billion people live in urban areas. That number is projected to expand to 5.1 billion within 10 years and 6.6 billion within 30 years. Already challenging urban...
A groundbreaking study by University of Chicago scholars could have a profound impact on the lives and futures of children in poverty-stricken communities of rural China. Prof. James Heckman, a pioneering economist and Nobel laureate, led an innovative early childhood trial that evaluated the long-term impact of providing nutritional support and psychosocial stimulation to at-risk children in China—tens of millions of whom are left alone in their rural communities when their parents travel to...
A year after traveling across China together, a group of 10 students recently shared their distinct journey of retracing the steps taken by pioneering educator John Dewey a hundred years earlier. The high schoolers—from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools , the UChicago Charter Schools , and from Lab’s Beijing partner high school, RDFZ—spoke with educators, policymakers and scholars during the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then & Now. They discussed how even though they could learn...
University of Chicago Nobel laureate James J. Heckman has received the Friendship Award, the highest honor issued by the Chinese government to foreign experts. A world-renowned expert on the economics of human development, Heckman was one of 42 recipients of this year’s award, chosen for outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social progress. The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Heckman is director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the...
Delivering access to reliable and affordable energy, while minimizing its social and environmental impacts, including those created by our changing climate, is one of society’s most complex challenges. Asst. Prof. Amir Jina focuses his research on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He combines methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries. A founding member of the...
Editor’s note: The following is part of Urban October at UChicago —an initiative of the University of Chicago Urban Network . Throughout the month, University scholars will convene key stakeholders and present new research and collaborations that confront urban challenges around the globe. UN-Habitat and the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation are hosting a symposium Oct. 23-25 focused on how neighborhoods around the world can tackle imminent challenges—including...
Walk around a corner in the Oriental Institute Museum, and you’ll see a 2,900-year-old stone relief fragment showing the head of an Assyrian king. What’s even more striking is everything surrounding the artifact: outstretched arms made of brown newspaper ads, a bow composed of blue cracker wrappers and a gold-foiled sword hanging from the hip. Those dazzling colors represent what was destroyed four years ago by the Islamic State, surviving only in memory and imagination. Michael Rakowitz’s...
Jay Schrankler, a technology commercialization expert and former business executive, has been appointed associate vice president and head of the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation . His appointment is effective Aug. 1. In this new role, Schrankler will oversee the Polsky Center and work closely with deans, faculty, and other University leaders to develop and execute a comprehensive innovation strategy that integrates entrepreneurship and scientific...