Meet me under the clock…, State and Washington, 1947, Chicago.
This is too cute to be real, right?
myradness said: Hey guys! My family visited uChicago this past spring, and we had an amazing time. I learned so much! However, considering that it was snowing at the time, we didn't get to check out too much in the area. So, we are planning another trip for later this summer! What are some things/places you guys recommend we check out on campus and the city before the weather turns sour again? Thanks, Samantha M.
Well I would say, first of all, to just spend some time walking around the main quad, but if you plan on taking a tour that will take care of that. Make sure you visit the Harper reading room on the third floor of Harper Memorial Library, which is for my money the coolest room on campus. If you have time, visit the Oriental Institute to see the amazing artifacts they have on display, and end your day in Hyde Park with a milkshake at the Medici. Elsewhere in the city, you could take a walk through Millennium Park, see some live theater like the Second City or the Neo-Futurists, or go the the Art Institute. Have fun!
There are 89 mummies at the Oriental Institute: some animal, some human, some intact, some in pieces (mostly disembodied hands, feet, and heads), some on display, and many more in storage.
At the request of Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ, Oriental Institute researchers counted up all the mummies, and from that tally, WBEZ created this graphic.
It was the first time Egyptologist Emily Teeter, PhD’90, had seen the mummy list in its entirety. “I had no idea we had a monkey paw,” she says. “That’s straight out of Edgar Allan Poe.”
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The Oriental Institute is, as always, free to the public.
Happy August 1! You can now begin working on your Common Application to UChicago (or any number of other partner schools) online at commonapp.org.
UChicago accepts either the Common App or the Universal Application for undergraduate applicants (you only need to do one, and we have no preference between the two options).
As a reminder, our Early Action deadline is November 1, and our regular decision deadline is January 1. (And, there’s no need to rush— we don’t start reading applications until after November 1, so feel free to take your time and submit when everything is polished and ready to go).
Late Night Train by Adam D Dooley on Flickr.
Better Know a Major, Part 5: Anthropology
Anthropology (not to be confused with Anthropologie) is the study of the characteristics of the world’s cultures, and the causes behind the variations between them, using methods ranging from natural sciences to comparative humanities research.
Literally the most in-demand class in the College: Pirates. Pirate society actually poses a lot of different Anthropological topics, ranging from the development of informal economies to the nature of the heroic narratives. Each week one of these topics is examined with anthropological and ethnographic texts to get a deeper understanding of piracy.
Choice Professor: Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College. Professor Farquhar concentrates her research on the role of medicine in society, especially ancient and modern China, but also teaches classes on the anthropology of food and drink and the everyday lives of people.
Knotty by nature
UChicago physicists solve the puzzle of how to tie knots in fluids.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, science is cool.
official-university said: Hello! I have a quick question. UChicago’s website states they welcome art supplements. If I am not planning on majoring in art, will submitting an art portfolio would help in the admissions process?
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.
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.