Media Kits

Burning books

Censorship and Information Control

Why do people censor? For ambition? Religion? Profit? Power? Fear? The banned and challenged materials in this exhibit will challenge you to answer: how do you define what is and isn’t censorship? On view in Special Collections, Sept. 17–Dec. 14. Continue reading »

Science and Conscience: Chicago’s Met Lab and the Manhattan Project

On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and Manhattan Project scientists successfully operated the world’s first nuclear reactor beneath the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. This exhibition explores the secret atomic program on the University campus that continued with the research of the Metallurgical Laboratory. After the war, Chicago’s scientists led the successful effort for civilian control of nuclear energy. On view February 19 to April 13. Continue reading »

Nobel laureate Saul Bellow’s papers open for research

The Saul Bellow Papers—the largest collection of the Nobel laureate’s personal papers in the world—are now open for research in the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library. A detailed guide describing the archive’s contents is newly available online. Continue reading »

Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book

Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book

Drawing on the remarkable collection of rare artists’ books housed in the University of Chicago Library, “Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book: Artists’ Books in German-speaking Space after 1945” explores how artists in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland investigated the material and technical forms of the book. On view January 17 – March 17. Continue reading »

Alma Lach Test Kitchen

Alma Lach’s Kitchen: Transforming Taste

This exhibition explores Alma Lach’s wide-ranging culinary career and displays selections from her fascinating collection of cookbooks. On view September 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017. Continue reading »

Detail of The Desert Well, Persia

Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist

Cyrus Baldridge’s prodigious artistic talents and UChicago education (PhB 1911), combined with a humanistic political awareness, led to the publication of several lavishly illustrated books focusing on his experience of world cultures. This exhibition explores his unconventional life. Continue reading »

Bernadette Mayer

A Reading by Poet Bernadette Mayer on April 20

Bernadette Mayer, a major influence in the contemporary poetry scene for more than four decades, reads from her work at the Joseph Regenstein Library on April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Bhadrabahu. Kalpasūtra.

Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies

From palm leaf manuscripts to historical maps, and from rare books to digital projects, “Envisioning South Asia” offers a kaleidoscopic tour through scholarly and popular imaginations in text and image. The exhibition is on display in the Special Collection Research Center from January 11 to March 18. Continue reading »

Illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Poetic associations and the Wachs collection

Romantic and Victorian poets were celebrities and, often, close friends, part of a literary community that influenced their professional and personal lives. Dr. Gerald N. Wachs collected their works, seeking whenever possible copies that were presented by the author to other writers, friends, or family members. Continue reading »

Chicago Pride Parade, 1991

Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago’s history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from LGBTQ alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition in Special Collections.

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