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About the Courses

Our noncredit courses and events in the liberal arts take place in downtown Chicago at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center (with a few exceptions) on weekday mornings and evenings as well as on weekends, and are available in a variety of formats, including:

  • Free lectures
  • Daylong seminars
  • Weekend events
  • 4-week courses
  • 8-week courses

Click a course title to read the course description and register for the course.

Courses

Arts CANCELED: Postmodern Architecture
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

HUAS 72001 | CANCELED: Postmodern Architecture

Postmodernism marks perhaps the first time that a major artistic and cultural movement started in architecture and spread outward, rather than the architectural direction being driven by changes in other media. Postmodernism is fundamentally a hybrid. Therefore we will look at its primary antecedents, both Modern and traditional or Neoclassical forms, and trace its evolution from minor heresies in late Modernism to the full-blown “pastel pastiches” for which it became known.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Eric Davis
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 72001
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
February 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 22803 | Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light

So much of what moves and compels us in story can be understood in terms of shadows and light. The protagonist fights against the dark forces of psychology and environment to reach the light of the hero they were meant to be, moving from ignorance to knowledge, from chaos to order – or not. In this class, we’ll examine the forces of darkness in your character’s world and map pathways for them to find their way to the light. We'll also address how to use recurring motifs in your story’s physical and relationship landscapes to provide key signposts on your character’s journey and deepen audience experience of theme.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Hubbard
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 22803
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

ARAL 20113 | Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the third course in a yearlong series with a primary emphasis on the review and acquisition of grammatical structures in Modern Standard Arabic. Through both oral and written media, students will be able to ask questions and make comparisons using complex sentences and expressions. In addition, students will be introduced to short narratives, conversations, and media pieces. This series is for students who want a better understanding of Modern Standard Arabic, the official, literary language used in the media.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: ARAL 20113
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 53899 | CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop

This repeatable workshop is designed for advanced fiction and nonfiction writers working to develop and hone their work. As a mixed-genre class, writers will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of styles, techniques, and voices.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 53899
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts Through Egyptian Eyes
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

HUAS 93201 | Through Egyptian Eyes

This course examines modalities of ancient Egyptian art and literature within the larger frameworks of how the Egyptians uniquely perceived the universe and their place in it. Topics such as theology, cultural memory, and the nature of the Egyptian state will set the framework of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Brian Smith
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 93201
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Basic Creative Writing
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 51800 | Basic Creative Writing

This course will introduce you to creative writing, from generating ideas to revising drafts. Find your voice and develop your craft through in-class and at-home writing exercises, and through discussions of your own and your fellow students’ written work. You will also study canonical and contemporary models drawn from fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and you will be encouraged to try your hand at each of these genres.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 51800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

ARAL 10113 | Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the third course in a yearlong series that provides a general introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of media, and official discourse throughout the Middle East. The courses will familiarize beginners with the look and feel of the language. Emphasis will be placed on learning to read, write, and pronounce the Arabic characters, learning basic words and key phrases for making very simple conversation, and surviving while traveling in various Arabic-speaking countries. This sequence is for students seeking exposure to the rudiments of Modern Standard Arabic, the literary language of the Middle East and North Africa.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Laurel Harig
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: ARAL 10113
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Greek, Literature Introduction to Classical Greek, Part 3
03/27/2017 to 06/5/2017

HUAS 48003 | Introduction to Classical Greek, Part 3

In the spring quarter, students complete the first book of the Iliad, beginning with the divine-like wrath of the hero Achilles and ending with the all-too-human laughter of the gods. In summer, after a short introduction to the differences between the Homeric and Attic dialects, students read a brief, but under-appreciated dialogue by Plato, the Hippias Minor, which begins by considering the question of who is the better epic hero – Achilles or Odysseus, and ends strangely with Socrates arguing that it is better to do wrong on purpose than in ignorance.

No class May 29.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Paul Mathai
25 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 48003
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to June 5
Tuition: $400.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

HUAS 48003 | Introduction to Classical Greek, Part 3

In the spring quarter, students complete the first book of the Iliad, beginning with the divine-like wrath of the hero Achilles and ending with the all-too-human laughter of the gods. In summer, after a short introduction to the differences between the Homeric and Attic dialects, students read a brief, but under-appreciated dialogue by Plato, the Hippias Minor, which begins by considering the question of who is the better epic hero – Achilles or Odysseus, and ends strangely with Socrates arguing that it is better to do wrong on purpose than in ignorance.

No class May 29.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Paul Mathai
25 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 48003
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to June 5
Tuition: $400.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Cinema and Media Studies Revisiting Downton Abbey – Seasons 5 and 6
03/27/2017 to 06/12/2017

BASC 70013 | Revisiting Downton Abbey – Seasons 5 and 6

Capturing the imagination of an era is not accidental. Downton Abbey is one of the most popular television series beloved by viewers who intuit connections between the late Edwardian society and our own. The late Edwardian period was a time of unprecedented social and cultural changes in music, literature, art, architecture, fashion, and inventiveness. The manifestations of innovation are wonderfully captured against a world that is resisting change that affects all levels of this society. The important question of how people reinvent themselves is at the heart of our exploration of why this series is so popular both in America and so many other countries. This three quarter sequence will examine both Fellowes’s scripts as well as a number of other references which the author of this work used from his own extensive understanding of this period. This is the third quarter of a yearlong course.

No class Apr 10, May 29.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Raymond Ciacci
30 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: BASC 70013
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to June 12
Tuition: $430.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–1:15 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Narrative Voice in Fiction
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 32401 | Narrative Voice in Fiction

We will explore the fundamental principles of fictive prose and the means by which those storytelling devices give both life and voice to narration. The course will also consider the degrees to which the composition of plot informs and invigorates narration in both short and long fiction. Exercises, workshop readings, and craft discussions will guide our considerations of the craft of storytelling.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Bayo Ojikutu
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 32401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to April 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Cinema and Media Studies CANCELED: Reading Film Reviews
03/28/2017 to 05/16/2017

HUAS 79104 | CANCELED: Reading Film Reviews

Film critics are writers who experience cinema with special eyes and ears. To appreciate this literary genre, we will read and discuss reviews from 1897 to 2017. Terms and methods evolve from traditions in interpreting theater, music, and art. Illustrations will come from films about filmmaking: Adaptation, The Artist, Contempt, 8 1/2, The Goldwyn Follies, Hail, Caesar!, Man with a Movie Camera, Sherlock Jr., Simone, Stardust Memories, State and Main, and Sullivan’s Travels. What do they teach us? We will see what the critics had to say.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Bill Stamets
28 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 79104
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to May 16
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–9:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Poetry as Resistance
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 12401 | Poetry as Resistance

Throughout history, people have responded to war, oppression, and personal demons with poetry. There are the shouts of Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Bakara, Muriel Rukeyser, and countless others. The very act of writing poetry is a protest against silence, against oppression, against corruption, against the status quo. We will discuss poets who have used their voices, music, metaphor, and imaginations to resist different forms of oppression. Using them as inspiration, we will write our own resistance poetry.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Dina Elenbogen
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 12401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to April 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts How to View Art
03/28/2017 to 05/23/2017

HUAS 75010 | How to View Art

What makes a piece of art great? What makes it deep, interesting, and meaningful? Just as we learn how to read fiction, we must learn the basic principles of visual art in order for the interaction to be worthwhile. This class will provide you with the basic tools to interpret visual art: every piece of art is a response to contemporary and older pieces; how to include socio-historical context in your interaction; what is composition and what makes for a great composition; basic ideas of color theory and how they impact us; basic facts about human perception; what is perspective and how it is used. 

Please note: students will need to purchase admission tickets for the Art Institute of Chicago if they are not already members. One year subscription costs $95 and admits two.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ariela Lazar
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 75010
Section: 17S1
Location: Art Institute
Dates:
March 28 to May 23
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
12:00 PM–2:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 22, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music Mozart: The Works and the Life
03/28/2017 to 05/16/2017

HUAS 78007 | Mozart: The Works and the Life

More than any other classical or romantic composer, Mozart created a universal style, combining the finest elements of Italian as well as Central and Western European music in a sublime and intensely personal style. Mastering all of the genres of his time, including concerto, opera, sacred, and chamber music, Mozart gave the world over six hundred memorable works. And he had a fascinating life. Using historical and critical documents, DVDs, CDs, and live demonstration, this class explores the unique range of Mozart’s genius.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: HUAS 78007
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to May 16
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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