Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grants





Profiles, Sound Bites, Interviews

As part of the University-wide commemoration of the 1942 Chicago Pile-1 experiment, Arts, Science + Culture and the CP-1 Committee commissioned three new pieces of music that took as their inspiration the impact and implications of nuclear power. Alumni Amelia Kaplan and Clifton Callender and current graduate student Kevin Michael Kay had the world premier performances of their pieces on Saturday, December 2. [Pictured left to right: Clifton Callender; Daniel Pesca (piano); Kevin Michael Kay; Emma Hospelhorn (flutist); Amelia Kaplan; John Corkill (percussionist)]. 

JUNE 2017 Our latest profile is on outgoing Graduate Fellow Tyler Schroeder, a PhD student in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. Bill Hutchison caught up with Tyler before the film student set off for the summer to pursue further research in film archives in Berlin and Dresden. Read Bill's write-up about their conversation here.

MARCH 2017 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellow manager Bill Hutchison talked Jonathan Swift, cats, garbage, poetry, and abandoned theme parks with ASCI Graduate Fellow Allison Turner. Read his profile of the UChicago English PhD candidate here.

JANUARY 2017 Bill Hutchison (2013–14 Collaboration Grantee and 2017–18 Graduate Fellow) sat down with Damien Bright (PhD student, Anthropology; 2014–15 Collaboration Grantee and 2015–16 Graduate Fellow) to discuss his research into the Great Barrier Reef and the politics and policies that continually arise around it. Read about it here.

APRIL 2016 What does it feel like to be a molecule? This month we had a chance to catch up with 2015–16 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration grantees Andrew Bearnot (MFA candidate, Visual Art, UChicago), Ken Ellis-Guardiola (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UChicago) and Jeff Montgomery (PhD student, Chemistry, UChicago). In order to give us a look into their dynamic collaborative exchanges, we asked Andrew, Jeff and Ken to play a chain-reaction game, akin to “telephone," where they shared images and words with us. We spliced those with a discussion about their project to create an interview format that is as unexpected and energetic as their work together. Read more about Molecular Movement here.

MARCH 2016 Fulla Abdul-Jabbar (MA candidate, Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC) asks what leads to and what emerges from collaborations between the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. She sat down with Graduation Collaboration grantees Dylan Fish (MFA candidate, Fiber & Material Studies, SAIC) and Daniel Johnstone (PhD candidate, Mathematics, UChicago) to discuss their project Woven Relations. Read about their encounter here

FEBRUARY 2016 We are excited this month to share with you the work of 2014–15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellow Elisabeth Hogeman (MFA candidate, Department of Visual Art, UChicago). Having spent the past six years working as a photographer, Elisabeth has transitioned to making films while at the University of Chicago. Read more about Elisabeth and her work here.

JANUARY 2016 Nicole James (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UChicago) and April Martin (MFA candidate, Sculpture, SAIC) were recipients of a 2015–16 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grant for their project Crystals: Order and Disorder. Over the course of the year, they asked each other: what is the role of disorder in the formation of material structures? Read more about April and Nicole here.

JANUARY 2016 Commencing in Fall Quarter 2015, we began piloting an inter-institutional program titled Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) (In 2016 the program expanded to also include Northwestern). In this interview, Fellows Satya Basu (MArch'15, AIADO, SAIC), Nicole Bitler Kuehnle (PhD candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, UChicago) and Troy Douglas Pieper (MA'15, New Arts Journalism, SAIC) discuss the program's initial investigations. Read more here.

JULY 2015 Andrew McManus (PhD, Music, UChicago) was one of six 2014–15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellows, after having received a 2013–14 Graduate Collaboration Grant for his project Neurosonics: Rhythmic Stimulation of Epileptic Cell Cultures in collaboration with Tahra Eissa (PhD candidate, Neurobiology, UChicago). Read more about Andrew and his work here.


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Host Bill Hutchison (PhD Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) conducts a conversation with composer Pierce Gradone (PhD Candidate, Music, UChicago), while host Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) is out of town at a conference. Pierce, a 2015–16 Arts, Science & Culture Fellow, discusses the intradisciplinary distinctions between musicians and composers; his musical family, and their tradition of singing harmonies while driving cross-country; his early introduction to the upright bass and the influence of Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets"; and the choreographed interplay of order and open-endedness that characterize his compositions. Listen carefully for the clips of Pierce's music scattered through the interview, and the game of "alternate universe" that wraps up the episode.

Hosts Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) and Bill Hutchison (PhD Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) interview Mikki Kressbach (PhD Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, UChicago). Mikki, a 2015-16 Arts, Science & Culture Fellow, discusses her research into the world of medicine and media: the conversation forays into her analysis of microscopic imagery in contemporary film and television; embarks on a discussion of infectious disease as represented in new forms of media; reveals her fascination with surgical museums; and ends with a lively game of "disciplinary free association."

Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) and Bill Hutchison (PhD Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) interview Martin Sheeler (PhD candidate, Physics, UChicago). The conversation weaves between Martin's work on knotting and vortexes, his interdisciplinary work with Jonathan Rockford (MFA Fiber & Material Studies, SAIC) as a 2014–15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grantee, and the role Magic: The Gathering plays in all of this.