University of Chicago

Birth of the Cool

Jazz redefines the violin family. From outside the performance space at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, you might have easily mistook the instruments if you hadn’t known they were kicking off the first-ever Jazz String Summit that Friday night.

Banking Small

Last spring, the University of Chicago distributed $1 million to banks and community development financial institutions on the South Side in an ongoing effort to extend the university’s mission beyond pure academics.

A Nice Vue If You Can Get It

Last Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved Mesa Development’s proposal for Vue53, a Hyde Park commercial and residential development that would replace a Mobil gas station and adjoining car wash on 53rd Street, just north of Nichols Park.

Less Art, More Matter

At the Washington Park Arts Incubator, an enthusiastic crowd does battle with a panel, teasing out the relationship between art and community development.

Fairly Muted Charisma

Measured self-effacement has become a sort of unwritten code for writers of a certain prominence, and Jeffrey Eugenides–bestseller, Pulitzer winner, and Oprah’s Book Club inductee–seems to have gotten the memo.

The Forty-Year Fight

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s diminutive stature was dwarfed by the marshals that surrounded her as she made her way down the main aisle of the University of Chicago Law School auditorium Saturday afternoon.

Disarming Feminism

Angela Davis called for a new, expanded conception of feminism that would incorporate more inclusive imaginings of gender and race and challenge systems of mass incarceration. At times, however, Davis’ enthusiasm for expansion threatened to dilute the force of her speech.