Committees & Centers
In addition to studying the latest terrorist situations or security crises around the world, the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism team is inviting high-level advisers for presidential candidates and national decision-makers to share their insights on foreign policy as the 2016 campaign season starts. Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was the first guest on Feb. 12 in a new speaker series.
My dissertation research concerns the history of Collective Investigation, a late nineteenth-century international movement that involved the attempt to produce a new science of clinical medicine through the collection and distillation of clinical observations from large numbers physicians. The movement aimed to circulate knowledge from the center to the periphery and back again on the back of paper cards. These cards were designed by expert committees to capture the clinical information essential to a disease such as pneumonia or diphtheria.
The University of Chicago Office of the Provost has approved a proposal to establish a new center that will bring together researchers from across the university to study how people learn, how findings can be scaled from the individual level to districts nationally, and the best ways to improve outcomes for children who have the most to gain.