Leading the Way

By Carmen Marti

When Katie Burkhart, a fourth-year student in the College, attended a leadership program last winter quarter, she was surprised at the approach. She and her classmates spent the evening playing improvisation games.

“That was such an unexpected thing for a leadership program,” Burkhart said. “But it was about non-traditional paths and how to have an entrepreneurial leadership attitude. I really liked that part of the program.”

Student chronicles Iraq's intellectual crisis

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Iraq was widely considered the intellectual center of the Middle East in the 1970s, full of world-class universities, professors, and poets, and street markets of books. But due to the strife of recent decades, says second-year Matthew Schweitzer, the country’s intellectual foundation is “almost completely destroyed.”

Before, “people came to Iraq’s universities from across the region,” Schweitzer says. Those modern scholars were continuing an ancient tradition of intellectual and literary culture.

Environmental research inspires new Rhodes Scholar

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Samuel Greene is not the kind of scientist who’s afraid to get his hands dirty.

In his quest to devise studies on the environment and climate change, the fourth-year chemistry student has tracked methane emissions from lakes in Alaska, sought catalysts for converting biomass to biofuel, and developed statistical methods for analyzing radioactive materials.

Graduate students take on policy challenges in Gary

By Mark Sorkin
Photo by Robert Kozloff

The car inches forward a few feet and stops when the next house comes into view. There’s a padlock on the front door, tufts of grass sprouting from the gutters, paint peeling from the siding, and a large hole in the window frame on the second floor.

“This one looks abandoned to me,” says Robert Vanneste, AB’12, a first-year student in the Harris School of Public Policy.

Rising to the Occasion

By Carmen Marti
Photos by Joel Wintermantle

Though Houston mayor Annise Parker was in the final weeks of a run for her third term in office (an election she won), she made time to visit the University of Chicago to discuss diversity and urban policy.

Creating change in your community

By Rhianna Wisniewski
Photos by Jason Smith

For Soledad O’Brien, change comes from standing up for what you believe in.

The award-winning CNN special correspondent and Kovler Visiting Fellow gave her thoughts on identity, community, and social responsibility this quarter as part of the first keynote of RISE, Campus and Student Life’s new diversity awareness campaign.

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