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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. Learn more about the Autumn Symposium. 

Basic Program Luncheons

Introducing our new Luncheon & Lecture series at the Gleacher Center! Join us for a simple lunch and a thought-provoking lecture given by a UChicago faculty member. Conveniently scheduled right after morning classes end, these luncheons are offered quarterly and are open to all. Learn more about Basic Program Luncheons. 

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 online. Learn more about First Friday Lectures. 

Sample Discussions

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

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. Learn more about Works of the Mind Lectures. 


We are pleased to offer an opportunity for Basic Program students to travel to Greece accompanied by Basic Program Cyril O. Houle Chair and Instructor Zoë Eisenman and Athens Centre archaeologist Michael Wedde. 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.