Join the Division of the Social Sciences for UChicago’s Alumni Weekend

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Division faculty and programs are offering sessions throughout Alumni Weekend, as the highlighted events below show.


For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit here.


Thursday, June 6

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Debating Core Western Values: Liberal Arts Abroad with Charles Lipson

Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, 5737 S. University Ave.


Professor Lipson will be leading an abroad program this autumn for students in the Master of Liberal Arts program. Students will spend two weeks in Spain examining questions of free speech; individual rights to privacy, property, and security; and religious freedom. In addition, studying in Bilbao, the cultural capital of Basque Country, and Barcelona, the urban center of Catalonia, offers a unique context for exploring questions of individual rights, community, and belonging. Please register for this event.


Charles Lipson taught international relations at the University of Chicago, where he was the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Political Science and the College. His research deals with international cooperation and conflict and with political aspects of the world economy. His most recent book on international relations, Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace, explains one of the most striking features in world politics: why democracies do not fight wars against each other. Lipson has also written extensively on international trade, debt, and investment. His book Standing Guard: Protecting Foreign Capital in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries has been widely praised for combining politics and economics. It is concerned with the problems faced by successful corporations when they operate in difficult political environments around the world. 

Friday, June 7

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

UnCommon Core | Study Abroad and Plans for the Paris Center

Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122A, 1100 E. 57th St.

Speaker: Dean John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, Dean, The College; Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History


Join John W. Boyer, Dean of the College, Associate Dean of International Education, Sarah Walter, and Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division and Professor in Germanic Studies and the College, Christopher Wild, to discuss UChicago’s distinctive approach to international education. They will share plans for the University’s expansion of the Center in Paris, which will support growing opportunities for education, research, and scholarly engagement for the University. Expected to open in 2022, the expanded Center in Paris will replace the University’s existing center, which has experienced tremendous growth in interest and programming since it opened in 2003.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

UnCommon Core | Environmental Neuroscience: Uncovering the Extensive Interactions between Neurobiology, Psychology, Behavior, and the Environment

Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122A, 1100 E. 57th St.

Speaker: Marc Berman, Assistant Professor of Psychology 


The physical environment that surrounds us has a profound impact on the brain and behavior. Many studies have shown that brief interactions with natural environments can have profound impacts on cognition, affect, and mental and physical health. Other studies have shown that interacting with more disorderly environments can lead to reduced self-control and that interacting with more natural environments may increase self-control. A full understanding of these effects has been lacking, limiting progress in terms of designing the physical environment in ways that may optimize human psychological functioning. In this talk, Berman will present an environmental neuroscience framework for how we can understand how interactions with different physical environments alter cognitive and affective processing. This environmental neuroscience approach draws on work from the nonhuman animal literature as well as cutting-edge human neuroscience approaches (such as scale-free dynamics measures) to understand how perceiving the low-level features of different environmental stimulation (e.g., curved lines) may drive many of these environmental effects. The talk will close with future research directions for how this integrated approach may help us to understand just how the environment affects us and how we might alter the built environment to improve psychological functioning.


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Alumni Day Discussion

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 146, 5757 S. University Ave.


The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics invites you to the Alumni Day 2019 Economics Discussion with Greg Kaplan and Manasi Deshpande: “New Research on Inequality: Micro and Macro Perspectives.” Kaplan will discuss recent research that incorporates household inequality into macroeconomic models and associated lessons for fiscal and monetary policy. Deshpande will discuss new research into the design of social safety net programs from a microeconomic perspective. Please register for this event.  


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Economics Student Poster Session

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 146, 5757 S. University Ave.


Learn about the latest developments in economics research and teaching from our top students, and meet with fellow alumni, students, and faculty. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP requested; please email


Saturday, June 8

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Are You Smarter Than a Preceptor? Trivia Challenge

Reynolds Club, McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S. University Ave.


Join fellow alumni of the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences and current preceptors for a lunchtime competition as we face off in the ultimate battle of the brains. Whether you want to demonstrate your vast knowledge or prefer to watch from the sidelines, we invite you to reconnect with friends, enjoy lunch, and witness what is sure to be a showdown to remember.


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

UnCommon Core | Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122A, 1100 E. 57th St.

Speaker: Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor of History


The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview made up of white supremacy, virulent anticommunism, and apocalyptic faith. In this talk, Belew gives us the history of a movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War, made tragic headlines in Waco and Ruby Ridge and with the Oklahoma City bombing, and is resurgent under President Trump.