Lecture Series

Learn from great minds outside of the classroom through our diverse lecture series. You will be able to broaden your knowledge of everything from local Chicago issues and global problems to the intricacies of great literature.

Basic Program

The Basic Program offers two public lecture series, both out of the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, downtown. Designed to supplement the in-class discussions, both lecture series are free and open to the public and also are a great way to get to know the program. 

These lectures are offered on the first Friday of each month by Basic Program instructors in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center (on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington). Lectures begin at 12:15 pm and last about an hour.

These free lectures by leading faculty from the University of Chicago are offered on Sundays at 1 pm October through May at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. They cover a range of texts and issues central to the program.

Civic Knowledge Project

Come get to know outstanding, world-class thinkers in an intimate conversational setting. On select Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Gleacher Center, the Graham School and Civic Knowledge Project will provide food, drink, and the best talk in town. We hope that you will join us for the conversation!

Listen to past Great Conversation lectures

Occasional lectures

The Graham School occasionally offers lectures or events outside a given program area. Upcoming events, if any, are listed on the Graham School's calendar.