We offer credit and noncredit learning opportunities in a variety of subjects, from more traditional disciplines such as literature and philosophy, to business-oriented courses, to master’s degrees. Our courses are conveniently located in-person at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center and NBC Tower in downtown Chicago, and are primarily in the evening and on weekends, to fit the schedule of working adults. We also offer online courses, for those not located in Chicago, or who wish to study from home.
In this workshop, we'll learn how to craft scenes that contain all the elements that move your story forward. We'll discuss how richly drawn characters, strong sense of place, and effective dialogue can be amplified to create dramatic arc.
In this course we will examine the essay as a genre, reading some of the best examples covering a range of topics and time periods, from Madison to Baldwin, and Swift to Schopenhauer.
Japanese culture offers many examples where the spiritual and the material are considered as intersecting: from sacred mountains and android-Buddhas, to rituals for the disposal of used working tools and toys.
We will read and discuss the second and third volumes of Proust’s novel, The Search for Lost Time: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower and The Guermantes Way. Proust treats the theme of love in all varieties and the development of the artist.
What is ethical -- and what is not -- in medical writing and editing?
This course is for students who need to make up the Year 1 Autumn Quarter of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults to complete the certificate.
We recommend that new students to the Basic Program begin in the fall.
Do you like Proust? Kafka? Polish painter and writer of Jewish descent, Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), is next of kin. Brutally shot in 1942 by a Gestapo officer, Schulz did not finish his novel, The Messiah. Its manuscript and Schulz’s stories written under Nazi occupation, have been lost.
This summer we will study films by experts in the craft of "cinematic creation" which look both backwards and forwards in their attempts to revolutionize how we integrate film "experiences" and expand our own sense of identity and creative potential.
This class will focus on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, (1835,1840), to understand how democratic culture shapes the American character. It will be primarily a close reading of books I and II, on bright and 'dark' sides of democracy.
Ralph Ellison writes with a vital, incisive, discerning motile voice, and his protagonist, the young unnamed narrator, IS such qualities – in his person, his thoughts, his interactions, his utterances.
In this course we will focus on the innovative and subversive films of the Coen Brothers.
In this class we will do a close reading of the essential writings of 19th century British philosopher and parliamentarian John Stuart Mill, including "On Liberty," "Utilitarianism," and "On the Subjection of Women."
Each session in this course examines one crucial musical masterpiece that transformed western music. Pieces include Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven's Third and Ninth Symphonies, and Chopin'sPreludes.
Join us in a summer reading course in the poetry of the Bible. The Poetry of the Bible offers ample literature for analysis, reflection and even meditation.
In this class, we read two texts by the Roman Historian Sallust that deal with the turbulent period in the late Republic that set the stage for the civil wars that ultimately resulted in the end of the Republic and the establishment of the Empire.
This visual anthropology course offers an immersion into anthropological media for students interested in visual anthropology and documentary film. It will provide a substantial understanding of anthropological media through film, sound, and texts.
Virginia Woolf's October 1928 Orlando: A Biography is at once a bubbling jeu d'esprit of playfulness, humor and imagination, a keen critique of women's disinheritance and critics' cruelty, and a paean to Woolf's friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West.
In this workshop we'll apply techniques to weave together thematic, plot and character elements to expand the second act of your tale, do justice to your premise, attract your audience, and tell the story you feel compelled to tell.
Aeschylus is a powerful and poetic writer who was known for his creative and dramatic staging. This class will delve into Aeschylus, the first of the great Greek tragedians, taking up the plays included in The Complete Greek Tragedies: Aeschylus 1.
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