Basic Program Instructors
Joseph Alulis has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. His principal interests are political philosophy, and politics and literature. He has published on Tocqueville and Shakespeare and teaches political science at North Park University.
Lindsay Atnip holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in the University's Committee on Social Thought, focusing on 20th century American literature and theories of literary criticism, with an abiding background interest in the critique of modernity.
Nicholas Bellinson studied Early Modern intellectual history at Princeton University, then Renaissance art history at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and is now preparing a dissertation at the University of Chicago on Shakespeare's songs, under the auspices of the Committee on Social Thought.
Raymond Ciacci is a lecturer in the College and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the University’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.
Keith Cleveland holds advanced degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Chicago. He began teaching the Basic Program in 1968, and has taught many alumni courses on Plato, Aristotle, political philosophy, the sciences, literature, and much else. He is the 2009 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.
Joshua Daniel graduated from the University of Chicago in 2013. After teaching at several Chicago-area colleges and universities, he has settled into being a Basic Program instructor. While his main focus of intellectual interest remains ethics, teaching in the Basic Program has immensely broadened his interests.
Zoë Eisenman is the current Chair of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. She holds an MA in Classics from University of Chicago. Her main academic focus is on Greek and Roman philosophy, Classical cultural history and gender studies.
Charles Elder holds a PhD from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His particular interests are philosophy, social and cultural theory, and issues of modernity.
Eva Fernandez did her MA and PhD course work at the University of Chicago. Her primary interests are classical and medieval literature and philosophy. Other enthusiasms include 17th century English literature, 19th century American literature, and modern and contemporary poetry. She is the 2011 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.
Stephen Hall holds an MA in Hebrew Language Studies from the American Institute in Jerusalem, a ThM in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is working on a PhD at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Richard Hoskins holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and teaches at Northwestern University School of Law. His principal interests are political philosophy, theology and social thought, law and legal history, and ancient Greek, Roman, and Medieval European thought.
Elliot Krick holds an MA in English from the University of Chicago and has been teaching in the Basic Program since 1965, specializing in poetry and film courses.
Katia Mitova holds an MA in Comparative Slavic Studies from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria and an MA and PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include storytelling as well as the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. She is the 2008 recipient of the Graham School of Continuing and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.
Clare Pearson did graduate work with the University’s Committee on Social Thought, and pursues interdisciplinary work centering especially on ethical questions and experiences. She chaired the Basic Program from 2004-2008 and co-designed and chaired the Asian Classics Program from 2006-2009. Ms. Pearson received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Adam Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.
Cynthia Rutz completed her PhD on Shakespeare at the University of Chicago in 2013. Other interests include mythology, folktales, and ancient Greek philosophy and literature. She is a former Staff Chair of the Basic Program and currently teaches at Valparaiso University.
Mr. Sharp received his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 2006. He also taught in the University’s College. Mr. Sharp was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical studies at the University of Western Ontario 2007-2015. He joined the Basic Program in 2019.
David Shiner is Professor Emeritus at Shimer College (now the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College), where he taught many courses during his 40-year tenure. He has a special interest in classics, especially classical philosophy.
Atiya Singh completed her MA and PhD in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. Her primary interests include the history of the Left, critical and social theory, the history of modern South Asia, and the Muslim world. She is a lecturer in the College, where she has taught core sequences in Social Science and World Civilizations. She is the 2007 recipient of the Von Holst Lectureship Prize, and the 2012 Wayne C. Booth Undergraduate Teaching Prize at the University of Chicago.
Amy Thomas Elder holds degrees in biology, Classics, and the study of religion. She helped to develop, organized, and for many years taught in the Odyssey Project, a program of Illinois Humanities in partnership with the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, which provides college humanities courses to adults with low incomes. She is currently at work on what she hopes will be a book about adult education in the humanities.
Claudia Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.
Austin Walker holds a BA in Greek and Latin and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Education from the University of Mississippi. He is currently preparing a dissertation at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought on John Henry Newman's political philosophy.
Stephen C. Walker, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School, studies philosophy and the history of philosophy across multiple traditions. His principal research focuses on classical Chinese thought.