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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.
“The minute I stepped into the room I realized the program was for me. The type of reasoned thinking the program requires, the way it makes you peel back the layers . . . I knew immediately it would help me see new possibilities, new ways to connect the dots.”
“The MLA Program was an essential step in my becoming this kind of researcher in the sciences. The caliber of the offerings and the expertise commanded by the professors at the University of Chicago changed how I think about myself and about the whole project of learning. In a sense, the question that I look at now as a researcher—what does it take to go from being a novice to an expert in a given subject—is directly related to my having been trained and inspired by experts at the University of Chicago.”