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Associate Dean Fred W Beuttler Speaking at UChicago Alumni Weekend

University of Chicago Hyde Park Campus

Lifelong Learning at UChicago: A History of Innovation in Continuing Liberal Education

Our associate dean of Liberal Arts Programs will be giving a lecture on the history of the Graham School as the University's center for lifelong learning. This talk will be featured as a part of the University of Chicago's Alumni Weekend.

At the founding of the University of Chicago, President William Rainey Harper announced a comprehensive plan to “revolutionize university study.” Central to this was Harper’s idea of the extension of knowledge into the community. At that time UChicago was the first university in North America to have a department of “university extension,” which later became UChicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. This illustrated talk will trace the history of lifelong liberal arts learning at UChicago, from its origins in Harper’s vision to the present.

Register for this talk, as well as other UChicago Alumni Weekend events, by visiting their webpage.

about the event

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2–3 p.m.

Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, 5737 S. University Ave.

about the speaker

Fred Beuttler speaking to group of people

Fred W Beuttler is the associate dean for Liberal Arts Programs at the Graham School. He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1995. Prior to coming to Graham in June 2015, he was director of general education and taught history at Carroll University in Wisconsin. From 2005 to 2010, he was the deputy historian of the US House of Representatives, in Washington, DC, and from 1998 to 2005, he was the associate university historian of the University of Illinois at Chicago.