You’re welcome to submit an arts supplement if you feel your art represents a significant talent, time commitment, or interest for you. While we generally suggest that students submit supplemental material (art, music, drama, etc) only if you plan on continuing that activity on campus (that doesn’t mean majoring! it can also mean doing so in an extracurricular capacity), you are more than welcome to send in arts or other supplemental material that you think will help us learn more about you.
Aerial north on Michigan Ave from the River, 1962, Chicago.
Today is #MuseumCats Day…no joke. I don’t know about you but I am a cat lady myself so I’m excited museums are celebrating all things kitty cat. I have written quite a few posts about cat-related museums, like the Moscow Cat Museum, Amsterdam’s Katten Kabinet, the "guard cats" at the Hermitage Museum, and the cat and the rat who live in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. And here’s an additional feline post with the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration (now known as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum). In the 1940s an exhibit was held about the history and art of cats. Its exhibit catalog (or cat-a-log for those who like puns), Nine Lives, is available in their collection of digitized books, and was even used as a reference in the Wikipedia article on the cultural depiction of cats. MEOW!
I can’t believe I almost forgot #museumcats day! Disaster averted, everybody.
Imagined Conversations from Bygone Times
"Frank are you sure we’re allowed to have a fire right here on the quads?"
“Silence! You dare question the holy flame!?”
“Oh no, no. I would never-“
“Shhh… the flames, they are speaking to me.”
Oh, yeah! Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is in theaters everywhere August 1. Get your tickets
I’ll be honest, I really want to see Guardians of the Galaxy. So much so I’m willing to reblog The Man with a clean conscience. I can still sleep at night.
"Hey! It’s the street from that movie!"
Uncommon Blog? Uncommon Blog! Our newest post is about our outreach intern Jack Nuelle’s time abroad in London. Did you know that over 40% of UChicago undergraduates participate in a study abroad program during their four years? It’s the truth, friend.
Hi! I am from Virginia and when I came to UChicago I didn’t have a proper winter coat, let alone any long sleeve shirts. If you come from a warm weather place, I’d recommend buying your winter supplies in Chicago or another cold weather place because warm weather places tend to not have true winter supplies.
For coats - I learned from my first year mistake and got a much better winter coat my third year. I looked for puffy down coats with hoods, zipped to the neck, and were knee length. They retail between $150 and $200, but I bought my winter coat 5 years ago and it’s still holding on strong.
As for boots, I’d do waterproof, above the ankle (so you can tuck in your pants/leggings/stockings/socks), WITH TRACTION. Consider going a half size up, just to account for wearing thick socks or multiple layers. These will probably cost between $70 to $150, but again, they will last your entire time at UChicago and probably longer (should you decide to live in a cold weather climate afterwards.
If you’re in a crunch with cash, I would check all the department stores’ websites for what you’re looking for and then do a google/ebay search by brand. Etsy might have some cool vintage-y picks as well!
Hope this helps! —Nina
This is Spinal Tap in Millennium Park on Tuesday, July 29th? Why that’s tomorrow! Better rearrange my schedule and get my tiny, tiny Stonehenge replica out of storage.
Better Know a Major, Part 4: Psychology
Psychology is the study of the mental states and processes that give rise to behavior. It seeks to understand the basic mechanisms and functions of perception, cognition, emotion, and attitudes in guiding behavior. The requirements of UChicago’s psychology program are designed to acquaint students with the research methods psychologists use and to provide a foundation of core knowledge covering the major areas of psychology.
Best class for the crafty consumer: The Psychology of Negotiation. In this class, Prof. Boaz Keysar helps students examine the structure of different negotiations and the psychology that governs the processes and outcomes of a negotiation. To better understand the dynamics of the negotiation process, students learn both through discussing research findings and engaging in a variety of negotiation role-plays. On the first day of class, students are assigned partners from whom you “buy” a fictional car. At the end of the exercise, all partner groups disclose their negotiated price to see who got the best deal (and discuss how they did it).
Notable psycholo-guy: Professor Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor at the University of Chicago and the College. Prof. Decety studies social neuroscience and its influence on the development of empathy, prosocial behaviors, and moral judgment. He also has an incredibly pleasant French accent.
Photo yoinked from the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.
C’mon man, we thought you were cool!
What is your favorite type of book? Is it a curdler? A Bildungsroman? Do you like to sit down with a good penny dreadful every once in a while?
We’ve delved into the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary to find different words for book and various types of book through time. Find out some unusual historical words that we’ve used to describe books and stories.
So we have fifteener for 15th-century books and incunabulum for books printed before 1500, but what about books printed in 1600 or later? My personal favorite from this list is introuvable: an unfindable, undiscoverable book.
"This is a bike for Chicago."
The worst winter in decades inspired a local design firm and frame builder to fashion a bike tough enough for Chicago.
We post a lot of vintage Chicago photos, but Mental Floss has a gallery full of pictures that are still new to us.