Photo collage of Basic Program students learning remotely

Spring/Summer 2021 Gargoyle Course Catalog

The Compleat Gargoyle is your source for noncredit liberal arts courses, events, and other offerings at the University of Chicago Graham School.

Spring/Summer 2021 Gargoyle Course Catalog

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Before 2020, when people spoke of “going to school,” the phrase referred to a physical process and destination: students gathered in a classroom, in a building, on a campus. At Graham, whether we met at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago or on the Hyde Park campus, we came together in a common location for a shared pursuit: to seek knowledge, to engage with ideas, and to expand our intellectual horizons.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the practice of going to school has changed; the emphasis is now on connection. Relying on the internet and course-management platforms, we gather digitally from wherever works: a home office, living room, patio, kitchen table, basement, or park bench. Still, we carry out our studies with the same intensity. We read, analyze, discuss, and debate as our instructors guide us in exploring foundational texts, discovering art and music, and developing our craft as writers.

As you will see from the photos that illustrate this catalogue, Graham students have embraced remote learning. Our new classrooms continue to provoke and inspire—and nourish our souls—in this difficult time.

We invite you to join our community of learners from wherever you may be.

Registration for eight and ten week courses closes June 17, 2021.