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Climate change results in warmer ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and more extreme weather patterns. Scientists have also observed its effects on the clams, snails, worms, crabs, urchins, starfish and more living on and in the deep seafloor off Alaska, as the ecosystem shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades. Now, scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences have found that seashells from these creatures show...
Renowned experts from politics, academia and civil society will gather Oct. 18-19 in Berlin for the Pearson Global Forum, entitled “Beyond Walls | Deconstructing Conflict.” Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the forum will discuss lessons learned from the German experience and research-based solutions to help prevent, de-escalate and resolve current global conflicts. The University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts will...
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...
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...
Nearly three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, University of Chicago scholar James A. Robinson has co-authored a new book exploring why liberty thrives in certain states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others. In The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty , Robinson and co-author Daron Acemoglu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology argue for the existence of a narrow corridor to liberty—one which stays open only through a fundamental and incessant...
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...
Three University of Chicago students were preparing to graduate in 2016 when they had a unique vision for how to combat global health issues: using edible insects as a sustainable food source. That spring Elizabeth Frank, Joyce Lu and Gabby Wimer co-founded Mealflour , a social venture established through the Polsky Center’s College New Venture Challenge , which aimed to provide nutrition in underdeveloped communities. Working with indigenous communities in Guatemala, Mealflour taught them how...
The University of Chicago will expand its presence in Paris through the construction of a new building designed by Studio Gang, growing opportunities for education, research and scholarly engagement across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Expected to open in 2022, the project will double UChicago’s space in Paris and replace the University’s existing Center, which has experienced tremendous growth in interest and programming since opening in 2003. The Center in Paris was UChicago’s first...
An exhibition from the recently concluded Venice Architecture Bienniale that was co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago is coming to Chicago early next year. Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos , the official U.S. entry at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, will be on view for the first time in the United States from Feb. 15 to April 27, 2019 at Wrightwood 659 in...
A $35 million commitment to the University of Chicago from an anonymous donor will support undergraduate financial aid for international students, expanding the University’s comprehensive approach to educational access. The new gift will increase global access to the undergraduate College by building on the success of the Odyssey Scholarship Program , the University’s flagship financial aid program that supports undergraduate education. By enabling a meaningful expansion of international...