AlumniU takes the UChicago campus experience online. Learn from current UChicago faculty in online courses or seminars, connect with other alumni through career programming or by joining a group, and discover recent breakthroughs in research or other hot topics with quests. Take a full look at all our programming any time on AlumniU.

Quarterly Classes

The Fall of the Roman Republic
For many long years, the Romans’ commitment to democratic government for themselves grew alongside their empire. But the project of empire ultimately unleashed forces that undermined their political culture and the rule of law: the Romans chose strong men for leaders, slaughtered each other in civil wars, and even voted to suspend the democracy.

Starting July 10, explore the collapse of the Roman Republic with Clifford Ando, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities in the Departments of Classics and History, the Law School, and the College, in a six-week class. Professor Ando and alumni will engage with contemporary sources and participate in written and live discussions to study how the Roman Republic worked—and why it fell.


Ongoing Programs

Careers

In conjunction with the Alumni Career Programs, we offer a series of learning opportunities to provide overviews of various industries by UChicago faculty, staff, and alumni—perfect for newly graduated alumni and midcareer professionals looking to make a change. Network with other professionals, learn from successful alumni, and speak with faculty about career opportunities available to UChicago alumni. For more information, contact Brian Wilson, AM’06, PhD’15, at bcwilson@uchicago.edu or 773.702.3366.

  • Careers Reading Group: Misbehaving by Richard Thaler
    Beginning July 31, join Richard Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at Chicago Booth, for a three-week reading group discussion of his latest book, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. Thaler will join alumni in a conversation about his groundbreaking work, providing answers to questions and insight into the world of misbehaving economic actors. Delve into the history of behavioral economics and Thaler’s successful struggle to help reshape traditional economic assumptions.

Connecting the Curious

Join fellow alumni for faculty-led lectures and conversations on new discoveries, research, and current events. Over three to four weeks, a faculty member will provide an overview of a field of study, identify further reading opportunities, and respond to questions in real time. Stay in the know and sate your curiosity with the guidance of experts. For more information, contact Nikki Yagoda, AB’12, at nyagoda@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2768.

  • Catch up on archived content from Sex and the Constitution, America’s Founding Revisited, and our other Connecting the Curious seminars.

Queer Sci-Fi Reading Group

Join fellow alumni in reading and discussing key texts in queer science fiction, including works by Samuel Delaney, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, and more, facilitated by Keri Asma, AM’13. Engage in weekly online discussions and monthly live chats on primary texts and relevant critical theory. Topics to explore include biopolitics, gender identity, queerness and race, cyborgs, utopias/dystopias, and cross-species sex.

Alumni Book Club

In partnership with the University of Chicago Press, the online Alumni Book Club program connects alumni from all over the world to read and discuss works of fiction and nonfiction. Facilitated by alumni leaders, these sessions are designed to let you question, analyze, and dig more deeply into new and classic texts. Sessions are offered synchronously and asynchronously to accommodate busy schedules. Interested in hosting or participating? Contact Nikki Yagoda, AB’12, at nyagoda@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2768.

Alumni Show and Tell

Want to learn more about other alumni and share your own story? We want to know what you’ve learned, studied, explored, examined, dissected, deconstructed, snapchatted, cooked, concocted, or generally connected with since you graduated from UChicago. Dig deep—we want more than just a feature on your cool (or not-so-cool) job.

  • To participate, log on to AlumniU now to share your experience.

Quests

Explore curated content to earn points and badges on AlumniU in self-guided twice-quarterly Quests. Each Quest includes short readings and discussion questions to guide you through a topic.

  • Academic Success: Answer the question “How do we learn?” by examining key issues in learning across the lifespan.
  • Science of Creativity: Hear perspectives on creativity from within psychology, the fine arts, business, and urban planning.
  • This Mortal Coil: Explore death and your own mortality with UChicago scholars.