Neubauer Collegium’s 2014 Research Projects Tackle Complex Global Questions

Susie Allen | News Office
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Benjamin Lessing, Assistant Professor | Department of Political Science and the College

From the impact of a new government health insurance program in India to the profound questions surrounding death and end-of-life care, the 15 new research projects supported by the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago aim to provide new ways of studying some of the most complex questions facing contemporary society.

Now in its second year, the Neubauer Collegium has established itself as a thriving center for innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. Last year, the Neubauer Collegium’s 18 inaugural research projects brought together leading scholars from across UChicago and the world to tackle topics ranging from global literary networks to the economics of historical societies to the future of Iraq’s intelligentsia.

"Like our inaugural group of research projects, this new class of projects is inspirational. The difficulty and scale of the questions they are asking, the diversity of their approaches to those questions, the breadth of the conversations they are catalyzing across the campus and beyond: These are exactly the kinds of inquiry that the Neubauer Collegium was founded to support,” said David Nirenberg, the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. “The projects range across topics from death and violence to art and comedy, and unite scholars from just about all the divisions of our University. But what they have in common is that they all promise to teach us something vital about our world.”


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