Social Thought

FRIDAY! Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Social Sciences Working Group

The newly formed Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries Working Group will host its inaugural event on September 22, 2017. The day-long event will include research presentations by UChicago doctoral students and discussion by faculty members from departments other than the students' home unit. Built into the day will also be a round table discussion on ways to cultivate cross-department collaboration.  

"Local Knowledge and Universal History in the Thought of Clifford Geertz": Nef Lecture by Joel Isaac

The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought announces a public lecture by Joel Isaac, Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Christ’s College, entitled "The Jumble: Local Knowledge and Universal History in the Thought of Clifford Geertz."

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!

Social Sciences faculty inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted 228 national and international scholars, artists, philanthropists, and business leaders as its 237th class. Of these, five scholars were from the University of Chicago, including two from the Division of the Social SciencesJohnathan Lear, John U.