Basic Program Lecture Series and Events

Learn from great minds outside of the classroom through our diverse lecture series. You will be able to broaden your knowledge of everything from local Chicago issues and global problems to the intricacies of great literature.

Basic Program

The Basic Program offers two public lecture series, both out of the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, downtown. Designed to supplement the in-class discussions, both lecture series are free and open to the public and also are a great way to get to know the program. 

These lectures are offered on the first Friday of each month by Basic Program instructors in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center (on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington). Lectures begin at 12:15 PM and last about an hour.

These free lectures by leading faculty from the University of Chicago are offered on Sundays at 1:00 PM October through May at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. They cover a range of texts and issues central to the program.

Offered every Autumn quarter, this daylong symposium takes place on the University of Chicago campus with free roundtrip shuttle service from the Gleacher Center.

  • Basic Program Weekend Retreat

Offered every Spring Quarter in April at the Abbey Resort in Fontana Wisconsin.

Occasional lectures

The Graham School occasionally offers lectures or events outside a given program area. Upcoming events, if any, are listed on the Graham School's calendar.