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.
This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they've already begun work including a full-length play, a one-act play or a series of short plays.
The 17th and 18th centuries in Europe mark a period of philosophical revolution, where the debates focused largely on the nature and limits of human knowledge. We shall be reading representative writings from some of the major thinkers of this period.
This course constitutes a cultural, historical, and artistic journey to Mexico--country that some consider to be the "distant neighbor" of the United States. By exploring narrative, art, and film, we define the contours of twentieth-century Mexico.
Paradise Lost is one of the most important literary works in the English language. Based on the account in Genesis, it tells a complex story of God, Satan, angels, man and woman. Its purpose, Milton said, was to "justify the ways of God to men."
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the most authoritative Hindu text on yoga, explains the meditative discipline required to attain absolute freedom from suffering. This text’s mental rather than physical focus is in contrast to contemporary yoga culture.
This course will explore some of the classics of political philosophy.
We will read two of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, As You Like It and Twelfth Night, which are full of fun, with vivid personalities and raucous high-jinks, but which are also full of real dangers, and surprising depth of emotion.
James Madison was an architect for the New American Nation. He was a principle author of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, one of the authors of The Federalist Papers and a US President. We will examine his writings that shaped a nation.
This second course on Flannery O'Connor will cover a combination of stories and essays, together with her novel, Wise Blood.
In the tradition of writers whose work has been transformed by walking, we will mindfully stroll through our environments, from urban to rural, as we move from our interiority to the to the world around us and observe how it enriches our writing. There is a long and varied history of the writer as flanuer - the passionate wanderer.
Buddhism is often presented as an unusually rational or science-friendly religion, or even as "a philosophy, not a religion". In this course we'll put that common wisdom to the test.
We will read and discuss Boethius' medieval philosophical work The Consolation of Philosophy.
This is Cather's epic creation on the efforts of historically-based Bishop Jean-Marie Latour and Vicar Joseph Vaillant to establish and "gird up" the nascent Diocese of New Mexico, recently acquired by the U.S.'s winning the Mexican-American War.
Whose story is it? Who tells the story and why? How does a writer decide how much to get inside a character's head? What are the advantages of different points of view? We will examine exemplary work, including pieces by Julia Alvarez, Michelle Cliff, Robert(a) Marshall, John Edgar Wideman, and others.
In The Idiot, Dostoevsky takes up the question of how a "Christ-like" man would survive (or not) in this world. Demons is a 3-part novel inspired by the true story of a political murder, a masterpiece which still feels perfectly fresh and modern.
Although Claude Debussy despised the term Impressionism, he is regarded as its greatest musical exponent. The radically structured and kaleidoscopically colorful nature of his music represents as extreme a departure from tradition as any in music.
What thoughts about the good life, the just society, beauty, truth, and knowledge take distinctively Asian forms but are recognizable to others? The course examines such traditions as Confucianism, Buddhism, and others, in history and the present.
In Plato's Protagoras, Socrates combines philosophical analysis of the basic moral problem (telling right from wrong) with a portrait of the sophist, Protagoras, and his famous dictum of relativism: Man is the measure of all things.
A close encounter with the lush poetic visions and unaffected mindfulness of the Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and painter, Derek Walcott (1930-2017, Nobel Prize 1992). We will select a small number of Walcott’s most powerful poems and will take as much time as necessary to savor each of them fully together, through class discussion.
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