Committees & Centers

University Convocation

The 527th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:15 a.m., and will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on the University’s Main Quadrangle. This is a university-wide ceremony and all candidates participate in this ceremony, during which the President will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.  Tickets are not required for this ceremony.

FEATURED: Open House | Explore 125 Years of Big Ideas in the Social Sciences (Alumni Weekend Event)

Join us for a Social Sciences-focused Alumni Weekend Event!

For over a century, the University’s social scientists have made groundbreaking advancements in their fields and shaped their disciplines. During this open house, view our timeline exhibit to learn more about this rich intellectual history and evolution. Light refreshments provided!

FEATURED: Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to speak on U.S. security


Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will comment “On America’s Security Architecture.” Hagel will specifically address ISIS and the United States’ plan in Syria. Moderating the event will be Robert Pape, professor of political science and director of the Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism at the University of Chicago. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., May 12, in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915. E. 60th St.

FEATURED: The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) Presents: Ten Years of Theory

On the occasion of 3CT’s 10th anniversary, we reflect once more on the contemporary as an imaginative projection and a site of struggle, where the question of what can be shared matters to so many.  How do we create concrete and conceptual infrastructures of the present that are at once vital and textured, given different foci and disciplinary divides?  Exploring histories, gesturing toward virtual and actual political and economic frameworks, this conference aims to prompt comparison and theoretical innovation.  

FEATURED: A Lecture by Trustee Emeritus, Chairman Lien Chan

In celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary, Chairman Lien will present a lecture centered on the University’s global reach. He will share his perspective on the University’s presence and influence in the world in years past, today, and in the future. Chairman Lien will also remark on his graduate education at the University, and its influence on his career and later life.

Wisdom Forum Interactive Webcast

Live Webcast: Wisdom Research Forum, May 8, 2015

Join us through live, interactive webcast on May 8, 2015 to hear from leaders in a growing new field of wisdom science. This is a rare opportunity in which you may listen to several of the top researchers at a single venue share the latest developments of their work. Hosted by Howard C. Nusbaum at the University of Chicago, the Wisdom Research Forum will include speakers, Monika Ardelt, Judith Glück, Igor Grossmann, Ursula Staudinger, Valerie Tiberius, Amishi Jha, and many others.

Computational Social Sciences Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series: Sendhil Mullainathan


Social Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series

Please join us for the Division of the Social Sciences 2014 - 2015 Computational Social Sciences Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series. Each Lecture will feature a panel of discussants and will be followed by a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Winter 2015 Lecture

SpeakerSendhil Mullainathan