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Basic Program of Liberal Education

Events and Lectures

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. 

Autumn Symposium

Every Autumn 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. Click to learn more. 

Spring Study Retreat

The Spring Study Retreat provides the Basic Program community the opportunity to take a weekend away to escape from the everyday and explore different facets of a Great Book, through lectures, presentations and discussion groups. Click here to learn more. 

First Friday Lectures

These free public lectures given by Basic Program instructors complement the curriculum and includes a question and answer session. They take place at the Chicago Cultural Center downtown. Click here to learn more. 

Works of the Mind Lectures

The Works of the Mind lectures feature faculty from The University of Chicago speaking on a wide range of Liberal Arts topics that are related to the Basic Program curriculum and are of interest to a general audience. Click here to learn more. 

Sample Discussions

The free Sample Discussions are an opportunity to try out a Basic Program class, either online or in person. Click here to learn more.