Must-reads, job listings, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
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March 1, 2016

UChicago Short List
Must-reads, job listings, events, and more for University of Chicago alumni, parents, families, and friends.
Philip Glass
1. Composer in residence
During a three-day residency, Philip Glass, AB'56, discussed hearing music in Mandel Hall, "being rejected" by academics, and creating symphonies with David Bowie and Brian Eno.
See highlights from Glass's talk with music composition students.
Read an excerpt from Glass's memoir about his UChicago days (pdf).
Revisit Glass's talk with astrophysicist Michael Turner.

2. On the pirate seas
Studying anthropology prepared Ian Urbina, AM'97, for a headline career in investigative journalism, including a two-year New York Times series on "the unregulated, unpoliced, dystopian economy of international waters."
Follow @Ian_Urbina, @UChicagoAlumni, and @UChicagoSSD.

3. Mission: Improbable
Planetary scientists fact-check The Martian, which was nominated for six Oscars this year.
See which other Best Picture nominees had a UChicago twist.
Read about Big Short economist Richard Thaler's growing fund.

4. The Bern returns
Before Super Tuesday, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, AB'64, visited campus for an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews and a student audience.
Hear Austan Goolsbee's take on candidates' economic plans.
Read how Gordon Quinn, AB'65, dug up Sanders arrest footage.
Meet the fourth-year who asked Sanders about being Jewish.
See photos from the event.
PLUS . . .
Our community celebrates Odyssey . . . Slow down to slow crime . . . Start-up pitch tips . . . Homeless youth survey . . . New literary leader . . . Stream Friday's Urban America Forward conference.
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Career opportunities
Rowley, MA
Research Assistant
Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center
New York City
IT Programmer
Center for Climate Systems Research
Director, Executive Education
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden
AM'77, PhD'87
President Obama's nominee for librarian of Congress would be the first African American and first woman to hold the increasingly tech-focused position. More »

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Upcoming signature event
 Harper Lecture series
Harper Lecture series
Spring 2016
Chicago | Houston | LA | NYC | Santiago | Tempe
Harper Lectures bring faculty to selected cities around the globe to discuss recent breakthroughs and discoveries, offering alumni and friends a chance to share ideas and conversation.
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More upcoming events
7 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Golden, CO) Third Annual Snowshoeing Hike
6:30-9:00 p.m.
(Beijing) Arts and Sciences in Beijing Info Session
6:30 p.m.
(Cleveland) Scavenger Hunt at the Cleveland Museum of Art
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Lite of the mind
Jedi mind tricks
Who's that guy taking pictures on the lakefront path?
That's no creepy man snapping photos. It's photography teacher and former Art Institute curator David Travis, AB'71, capturing luminosity. More »
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