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Instructors

Joseph Alulis

Mr. Alulis has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.  His principal interests are political philosophy, and politics and literature. He has published on Tocqueville and Shakespeare and teaches political science at North Park University.

Lindsay Atnip

Lindsay Atnip holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in the University's Committee on Social Thought, focusing on 20th century American literature and theories of literary criticism, with an abiding background interest in the critique of modernity.

Nicholas Bellinson

Nicholas Bellinson studied Early Modern intellectual history at Princeton University, then Renaissance art history at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and is now preparing a dissertation at the University of Chicago on Shakespeare's songs, under the auspices of the Committee on Social Thought.

Raymond Ciacci

Mr. Ciacci is a lecturer in the College and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the university’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Keith Cleveland

Mr. Cleveland holds advanced degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Chicago.  He began teaching the Basic Program in 1968, and has taught many alumni courses on Plato, Aristotle, political philosophy, the sciences, literature, and much else. He is the 2009 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2013. Since then he has taught religious studies and philosophy courses at various Chicago-area colleges and universities. His area of scholarly interest is philosophical and religious ethics.

Zoë Eisenman

Ms. Eisenman is the current Chair of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. She holds an MA in Classics from University of Chicago. Her main academic focus is on Greek and Roman philosophy, Classical cultural history and gender studies.

Charles Elder

Mr. Elder holds a PhD from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.  His particular interests are philosophy, social and cultural theory, and issues of modernity.

Eva Fernandez

Ms. Fernandez did her MA and PhD course work at the University of Chicago.  Her primary interests are classical and medieval literature and philosophy.  Other enthusiasms include 17th century English literature, 19th century American literature, and modern and contemporary poetry. She is the 2011 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

Stephen Hall

Mr. Hall holds an MA in Hebrew Language Studies from the American Institute in Jerusalem, a ThM in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is working on a PhD at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter received his PhD from the University of Chicago in the philosophy of religions program in 2015. He specializes in Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, as well as in Indian philosophy.

Elliott Krick

Mr. Krick holds an MA in English from the University of Chicago and has been teaching in the Basic Program since 1965, specializing in poetry and film courses.

Marissa Love

Ms. Love has taught in The Basic Program since 1998.  Areas of interest include 19th century novels, Shakespeare, Japanese literature, lyric poetry, and the intersection of philosophy and fiction.

Katia Mitova

Katia Mitova holds an MA in Comparative Slavic Studies from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria and an MA and PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include storytelling as well as the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. She is the 2008 recipient of the Graham School of Continuing and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

Clare Pearson

Clare Pearson did graduate work with the University’s Committee on Social Thought, and pursues interdisciplinary work centering especially on ethical questions and experiences. She chaired the Basic Program from 2004-2008 and co-designed and chaired the Asian Classics Program from 2006-2009. Ms. Pearson received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

Adam Rose

Mr. Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

Cynthia Rutz

Ms. Rutz completed her PhD on Shakespeare at the University of Chicago in 2013. Other interests include mythology, folktales, and ancient Greek philosophy and literature. She is a former Staff Chair of the Basic Program and currently teaches at Valparaiso University.

Amy Thomas Elder

Amy Thomas Elder holds degrees in biology, Classics, and the study of religion. She helped to develop, organized, and for many years taught in the Odyssey Project, a program of Illinois Humanities in partnership with the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, which provides college humanities courses to adults with low incomes. She is currently at work on what she hopes will be a book about adult education in the humanities.

Claudia Traudt

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

Stephen C. Walker

Stephen C. Walker, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School, studies philosophy and the history of philosophy across multiple traditions. His principal research focuses on classical Chinese thought.

Eric Warshaw

Mr. Warshaw holds a PhD from the Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and the Study of Methods at the University of Chicago.  Eric’s interest is in understanding how we come to know and experience art.