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Basic Program of Liberal Education

Events and Lectures

Important Dates

Registration closes for Summer 2021 eight and ten-week courses (Basic Program, Open Enrollment, Writer's Studio, Visual Arts)

Join the conversation at one of our upcoming events. 

We offer a variety of events where you can engage in discussions similar to that of a Basic Program class. Many of our events are free and open to the public. 

Sample Discussions

The free online Sample Discussions are an opportunity to try out a Basic Program class. Learn more about Sample Discussions. 

First Friday Lectures

These free online public lectures given by Basic Program instructors complement the curriculum and includes a question and answer session. Learn more about First Friday Lectures.

Works of the Mind Luncheons

Join us for a simple lunch and a thought-provoking lecture given by a UChicago faculty member. These luncheons are offered quarterly and are open to all. Learn more about Works of the Mind Luncheons.

Basic Program Symposium

Each year the Basic Program holds a day-long symposium to dive deep into a text or topic that expands on our curriculum and that has a particular resonance in today’s world. Learn more about the Basic Program Symposium. 


We are pleased to offer an opportunity for Basic Program students to travel to Greece accompanied by Basic Program instructor and Athens Centre archaeologist. Experience firsthand some of the historic places that you have encountered in the first two years of the curriculum. Learn more about Spring Break in Greece.