|JOURNALISM THAT MATTERS
Tracy Kidder (left), winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award
for “The Soul of the New Machine,” talks with Loren Ghiglione,
dean of the Medill School of Journalism, at a recent Crain lecture.
Kidder read from his latest book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains:
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World,” and
fielded questions about his experiences in Haiti, where the book is
set. “I thought I’d seen a lot of the world,” he
said. “After I left the place, I tried to reconcile Haiti with
my own privileged life.” In the book, Kidder tells the true story
of Dr. Paul Farmer, who is working to improve health care in Haiti
through his medical relief organization, Partners in Health. Kidder
also discussed his writing technique and his current project, a memoir
about his year as a soldier in Vietnam.
|photo by Brandon Stahl
President’s statement on recent crimes
Accidental discovery nets $25K prize
A few days after chemistry graduate student Rongchao Jin accidentally left
a beaker of silver colloid out in the lab, he and colleagues Gabriella Métraux
and Charles Cao realized that the yellow colloid had turned blue under the
fluorescent lights. They then developed a method to synthesize the resulting
silver nanoprisms, which exhibit unusual optical properties.
Footloose runs through this weekend
One of the liveliest musicals to hit the silver screen will rock the live
stage when Northwestern presents “Footloose.”
University Singers, Women’s Choir kick off holidays
The seven holiday concerts scheduled for late November and early December
in Evanston will be a relaxing and welcome break from stressful seasonal shopping,
wrapping and card writing.