Special classes, tours highlight weekend eventsFestivities center around Humanities Open House Members of the University community will have the opportunity to take classes taught by some of the University's most distinguished faculty members when special classes and campus tours are held on Saturday, Oct. 26, as part of the 17th annual Humanities Open House and the College's Parents Weekend events. At the same time, hundreds of alumni and donors will come to the University to celebrate the success of the Campaign for the Next Century.
The five-year campaign raised $676 million, surpassing its goal by $26 million. The campaign's initial goal of $500 million was raised to $650 million in February 1995.
The University community is invited to attend the classes and tours, which will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in Ida Noyes Hall. Sessions will start at 9:30 a.m. Some of the University's most distinguished scholars will give lectures on topics ranging from "The Age of Anxiety: Culture in Crisis," presented by Homi Bhabha, the Chester D. Tripp Professor in English Language & Literature, to "The Building Blocks of the Universe: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," by Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
The keynote lecture, "A Sisterhood of Mind and Heart: The Humanities and the Theatrical Art," will be presented by Nicholas Rudall, Associate Professor in Classical Languages & Literatures and Founding Director of Court Theatre, at 1:30 p.m. in Mandel Hall.
Tours of campus and the Smart Museum of Art will take place throughout the day. All classes and tours are free and open to the public; registration is required for all sessions except the keynote lecture.
In addition to the classes and tours, the campaign finale will be celebrated with a special convocation, followed by a reception. Nobel laureate Gary Becker, University Professor in Economics and Sociology, will be the convocation speaker, and President Emeritus Hanna Gray, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor, who initiated the campaign during her tenure as president, will receive an honorary degree. Admittance to the convocation and reception are by invitation only.
Watch for a special insert celebrating the campaign's success in the Nov. 7 issue of the Chronicle.
A sampling of the many classes to be held follows. Participants are encouraged to register early, as classes tend to fill up quickly. For a full schedule of Humanities Open House events, call 702-4847.
n Arjun Appadurai, the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor in South Asian Languages & Civilizations: "The Meaning of Gifts in a World of Merchandise"
n Homi Bhabha, the Chester D. Tripp Professor in English Language & Literature: "The Age of Anxiety: Culture in Crisis?"
n Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor in Psychology: "Creating Creativity"
n David Currie, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School: "The Constitution and Congress: The First Twelve Years"
n Don Coursey, Professor in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies: "Our Environmental Values"
n Norma Field, Professor in East Asian Languages & Civilizations: "After the Fiftieth Anniversary: Japan and the Asian-Pacific War"
n Deborah Gillaspie, Assistant Curator of the University of Chicago Jazz Archive: "From Dreamland to Showcase: Jazz in Chicago, 1912-1996"
n Philip Gossett, Dean of the Humanities Division and the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music: "The Two Traviatas"
n Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics: "The Building Blocks of the Universe: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"
n Susan Lambert, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration: "The Balancing Act: The Business of Work and Families"
n John Mearsheimer, Professor in Political Science: "Why International Politics is a Nasty and Brutish Business"
n W.J.T. Mitchell, the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English Language & Literature: "Dinosaurs Decoded: The Meaning of a Cultural Icon"
n Janel Mueller, the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College, "The Queen has her Say: The Self-Representations of Elizabeth I of England and her Parliamentary Speeches"
n Jose Quintans, Professor in Pathology: "The Persistence of Pestilence"
n Edward Rosenheim, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature: "Some Uses of Falsehood"
n Ingrid Rowland, Assistant Professor in Art: "Egyptomania: Then and Now"
n John Sanders, Head of the Oriental Institute Computer Lab: "The Oriental Institute Virtual Museum"
n William Schweiker, Associate Professor in the Divinity School: "Against the Skeptics: On Getting Real About Morality"
n Karl Weintraub, the Thomas E. Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in History: "Cultura, Culture, Civilization: A Story of Words"
n Marvin Zonis, Professor in the Graduate School of Business: "Winners and Losers in the Global Economy"