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.
Stoicism, a popular philosophy in ancient Greece and Rome, is making a comeback in the twenty-first century. We examine the beliefs of prominent Stoics, from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius, and assess their modern relevance.
The late, great Toni Morrison's Paradise renders the often blighted and sometimes healing relations between towns in rural Oklahoma from the 1870s to 1970s. A Mercy is an exploration of family dynamics and slavery in seventeenth century America.
In this course, we will take up a close reading of Tolstoy’s landmark novel War and Peace, looking at it both from a novelistic perspective and as a work of philosophy.
For millennia, China has centered its literature on politics and government more thoroughly than any other major civilization, and its tradition of political thought poses significant challenges to Western concepts and assumptions. In this class we’ll examine the three most influential theories of government that took shape in
Where do ideas come from? Maybe from a half-remembered image from a dream. Or a sentence that forms in your head while you’re choosing apples in the grocery store. In this class, we will concentrate on chasing and catching such glimmers in our days and nights.
In this seminar, we will perform a close reading of Nietzsche's most dynamic work of 1888, his final and arguably most productive year in philosophy. Twilight of the Idols, subtitled How One Philosophizes With A Hammer, is a powerful distillation of Nietzsche's thought.
Project management practice is influenced and shaped as much by collective wisdom, lessons learned, and the school of hard knocks as it is by its foundation of framework, principles, processes, and techniques.
The composers of the Russian Revolution generation (Scriabin, Medtner, Rachmaninov) produced an output of uncommonly rich post-romanticism. Their Soviet successors (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khatchaturian, Weinberg), faced with new difficulties for artists, extended this tradition with a perhaps surprisingly enduring repertoire.
This course offers a survey of essential films tracing Rock 'n' Roll's cultural impact, from early features that introduced the music, to the documentaries that followed the highs and devastating lows of the music's confrontation with 1960s America.
This course is an introduction to the history and culture of Buddhism through images and objects. While Buddhism is often portrayed with a focus on doctrine, philosophy, or psychological aspects, its origins and transmission through different contexts, as well as its presence in everyday life, are strongly relied on visual and material culture.
En route to the turning-post of the poem, our multi-year exploration of the Iliad likely picks up near the end of book 11 at a critical moment: Achilles, in a striking point-of-view turn by the poet, watches the battle woes of his fellow Greeks from the comfort and safety of his ship.
Editing Electronically is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate. This course teaches students how to use Microsoft Word to make the editing process more efficient. Students will learn how to use common tools, such as redlining, more effectively.
The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ skill in substantive editing—that is, editing that moves beyond mechanics to address aspects such as content, logic, and organization.
A brand can be the foundation of successful marketing. Often, it is the most valuable asset of a business. But what is a brand and who defines it? This course challenges you to answer these questions and think deeply about the many facets and attributes of brands.
From smallest fragments through long forms, across wide distinctions—eras, nationalities, sexualities, we will explore form, matter, and voice in Sappho through Phyllis Wheatley, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Nelly Sachs, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Louise
This is the first of two six-week classes devoted to the reading of a number of short stories by Flannery O'Connor, together with various pieces of her critical essays and one of her two novels—The Violent Bear It Away.
The Writer's Studio Monthly Writing Group is designed for students working in creative nonfiction or fiction. Focused on monthly workshops, the group also provides writers a sense of community as well as an outlet for discussion of both practice and form.
A critical reading of Camus's novel, The Plague, and several contemporaneous essays, including "The Wind at Djemila," "Helen's Exile," and "Return to Tipasa"—collectively representing a profound meditation on the themes of rebellion, exile, and love.
What is philosophy and what is it for? The ancients did not regard philosophy as ideas as much as a way of life. The Greek Epictetus was born a slave but by his teaching became the most respected and admired philosopher in the Roman empire.
This course covers the process of coordinating and managing a clinical study from the perspective of the study site.
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