The John Crerar Library
For centuries humankind has looked to the heavens for inspiration and insight. The natural fascination with celestial bodies has resulted in everything from art inspired by the beauty of the stars to the study of astronomy. This John Crerar Library exhibit highlights works of art and literature influenced by astronomy - either through scientific study, a fascination with the night sky, or as an inspiration for the literary imagination. Both contemporary and historical works are included.
Special Collections Research Center
The preservation of the record of modern poetry has a long tradition at the University of Chicago. Ever since the bequest of her personal papers and the editorial files of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse by Harriet Monroe in 1931, the University of Chicago has taken on a leadership role in documenting the publishing of modern poetry. Focusing on the editorial files and correspondence of poetry journals, this exhibition documents the process of brining new poetry to the public in all its various formats. By tracing the stages of individual poems and poetry collections alike, from their first drafts to their final published versions, and by illustrating the many physical formats through which poetry has been disseminated, the show attempts to capture the full spectrum of poetry publishing. Drawing upon the archives of Poetry, Chicago Review, Big Table, Vers, LVNG, and the papers of The Poetry Center of Chicago, the exhibit tracks the evolution and changing character of poetry from 1912 to the present.
The Arthur H. Compton Lectures
Learn how scientists have developed a variety of methods and devices to help them overcome the limits of their senses, allowing them to experience the invisible and untouchable features of the universe in a series of eight free, public lectures at the University beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.
Delivering the lectures will be Dorothea Samtleben, a Research Associate of the Enrico Fermi Institute and a Fellow of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Her lectures will explain some of the advanced techniques used for studying the universe, and illustrate how discoveries on the smallest scales impact the scientific understanding of the largest scales, and vice versa.
The talks are the 62nd series of the Arthur Holly Compton Lectures, sponsored each autumn and spring by the University's Enrico Fermi Institute. The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. Previous topics have ranged from the smallest fundamental particles to the history of the universe.