Graham School Events

Open House: Open-to-All Courses in the Liberal Arts

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Join us for an evening with our community of curious minds. 

The Open-to-All Courses in the Liberal Arts team is hosting an open house featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Pomeranz.

At the open house, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Discover our many course categories, including: arts, China studies, classical Greek studies, history and politics, literature, Middle Eastern studies, music, philosophy, and religious studies.
  • Speak with instructors Tim Gutmann, Daniel Yingst, and Brian Smith , who are experts in their fields.
  • Engage in conversation with representatives from our cultural partners such as UChicago's East Asian Center, the Oriental Institute, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Admiral and Center for Life and Learning. 
  • Get a chance to win a complimentary class valued at $360.
  • Network with fellow students over food and beverages. 

If you have any questions prior to the event, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at

Speaker bio

Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor of modern Chinese history at UChicago. He has a PhD from Yale. His work focuses mostly on China, though he is also very interested in comparative and world history. Most of his research is in social, economic, and environmental history, though he has also worked on state formation, imperialism, religion, gender, and other topics. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and shared the World History Association book prize. His current projects include a history of Chinese political economy from the seventeenth century to the present, and a book called Why Is China So Big? which tries to explain, from various perspectives, how and why contemporary China's huge land mass and population have wound up forming a single political unit.

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The Open Program in the Liberal Arts