We offer credit and non-credit 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 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center 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.
Tom Stoppard’s 1974 Travesties is widely known; his 1988 Hapgood less so. Travesties is his brilliant, break-neck souffle of literary giant James Joyce, sprightly Dada-ist Tristan Tzara, and the brooding, revolution-brewing Vladimir Lenin’s actual co-incidence in war-avoiding Zurich in 1917.
This course explores the work of two 20th-century Jewish practitioners of the short story, Isaac Bashevis Singer (winner of the Nobel prize) and Bernard Malamud (namesake of an American short story award).
The history of cinema's attempts to create its own internal models of structural identification and nuanced organization, generated in part by filmmakers' “sense” of what they wish to accomplish and in part by audiences' responses TO these issues forms a dynamic methodology for attempting to discover the “nature” of the “filmic” e
“Like a poem, a genuine essay is made of language and character and mood and temperament and pluck and chance.” - Cynthia Ozick
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is 200 years old this year. In 1818 many were shocked to learn that this horrifying story, often credited as the first work of science fiction, was written by a 19-year-old woman. Where did she get the idea for this violent and deadly conflict between creator and detested creation?
The history of Western philosophy has heavily favored thematics of time over space, uninterested or simply forgetful of the fact that we humans live in particular places and in the particular kind of spaces we create and/or imagine.
NEW Summer 2019: Year One Autumn Makeup - This class covers the same texts as the Year 1 Autumn Basic Program course, and is an opportunity for students who started the program in Winter or Spring quarter to make up this section of the curriculum. Select section 19U7 to register. Tuition fee $450.
In this summer of 2019, we will enter and steep in Toni Morrison’s laden novels Beloved (1987) and Jazz (1992), the first two works of her trilogy arcing over one hundred years.
In this course we will explore how one religion, Christianity, is both reflected and inflected in modern literature. Our texts will be a short story (Anton Chekhov’s “The Student,” 1894) and a short novel (Evelyn Waugh’s Helena, 1950). We will consider such topics as God, myth, ritual, and symbol.
This course will consist of an exploration of texts written by leading luminaries of the French Enlightenment. The major eighteenth-century French philosophers were as comfortable writing works of imaginative literature as of speculative philosophy, and they regularly expressed their philosophies through the medium of literature.
With its huge and varied repertory, the piano is a unique microcosm of Western music. This course offers an historical survey of the genre, from the Baroque suite to the modern étude and concerto.
Under the dual pressure from a rediscovery of ancient learning and the rise of a new science, early modernity produced a number of political works in the form of utopias or imagined societies. Three of the most notable were the Utopia of Thomas More; the New Atlantis of Francis Bacon; and Tomaso Campanella's City of the Sun.
In this four-week class, we will examine, discuss, and practice methods for moving forward and backward in time. We will look at writers like Stuart Dybek, Grace Paley, and Ling Ma, who effectively compress years into a mere paragraph, use imagery to signal time slippage, or open a liminal space between past and present.
This class will delve into a close reading of a number of the more important of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, to include stories from her two collections A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything that Rises Must Converge.
This class will undertake an introductory reading and discussion of the classic Confucian text Mencius.
Rousseau once said that "perhaps the greatest philosopher who ever lived was the Lord Chancellor of England," by which he meant Francis Bacon.
To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
(Marriage, Plate 9)
Energy is Eternal Delight
(Marriage, Plate 4)
The best stories—the ones that vibrate with emotion—are journeys of discovery for both writer and reader. Through in-class writing, impromptu exercises, deep dives into stories—exemplary published work as well as work-in-progress—we’ll exchange thoughts, ideas, and meaningful commentary while examining the approaches, craft techniques, and think
This course considers the nonurban noir. These films reflect the postwar migration from the city to the suburbs, and suggest that the dark side of humanity is scarcely limited to the urban environment.
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