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As part of a faculty spotlight event featuring UChicago Classics Professor David Wray, the Graham School’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program launched the Ethics and Leadership concentration at the Gleacher Center on August 17.
“I was excited about the opportunity to teach in the MLA program. I saw it as an opportunity to push my teaching beyond what I do at SSA. My MLA class is a little more theoretical and open-ended than the typical classes I teach. It’s less focused on developing skills and more involved in fostering discussion around texts that engage the topic of mental health.”
"The students reflected such a wide diversity of interests and the program seemed to be giving them the flexibility to explore those interests within a structure that pushed them toward focus, clarity, and rigor. I’m looking forward to teaching in the MLA program in the future because the experience has been so rewarding for me, and hopefully for the students.”
When David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, agreed to teach a class in the Graham School’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program for its inaugural year in 1992, he did so because he saw in it the potential for a new and appealing experience. The idea of teaching police officers in the same classroom as lawyers, along with other adults advanced in their various careers, seemed certain to set off engaging discussion and new insights. His hunch was borne out and he hasn’t passed a year since without discussing works of English literature with students in the MLA program.
On November 16 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Mark Miller, Associate Professor in the English Department at UChicago, conducted a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) sample seminar as a preview for his upcoming Winter Quarter MLA class entitled Some Versions of the Apocalypse.
As a preview for their upcoming Winter Quarter Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) class Enhancing the Dimensions of Life, William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago, and Günter Thomas, Professor of Systematic Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, conducted a seminar-style class on October 11.
As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area passionate about the humanities, Ron Maruszak had long seen the University of Chicago as a destination for deepening the knowledge and appreciation for literature he strives to share and instill in his students.
As part of a faculty spotlight, an event hosted by the Graham School’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program, Alida Bouris, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and MLA faculty member, gave a presentation entitled From Madness to Mental Health on August 3 to an engaged audience at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center.