AlumniU offers a variety of ways to learn online. Quarterly classes and seminars give you several weeks to explore a topic or text with UChicago faculty and fellow alumni. Ongoing programs, such as book clubs and career discussions, recur throughout the year and provide additional learning opportunities.

Quarterly Classes

Truth and Language
Fake news. Alternative facts. Clickbait. The last few years have left us awash in discourse meant to manipulate us, often into beliefs at odds with reality. Cynics (or are they realists?) say that we now live in a “post-truth” society where the truth has been rendered passé.

On May 1, 2017, join Professor Chris Kennedy, the William H. Colvin Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and other alumni for a six-week online course, Truth and Language, that explores the role of truth in communication. How is communication predicated on the premise that we all tell the truth? How do lies differ from things that aren’t true? How do speakers misrepresent the truth to mislead us? And, do we have any hope of recovering truth in the public discourse?

These questions are not new for America, which consumed alternative facts long before the OED declared “post-truth” word of the year for 2016. But, the place of truth in communication feels like it is under assault in a way that it has never been before, and there has never been a more salient time for UChicago alumni to grapple with the nature of truth and language.


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.

  • Career Colloquium: Law
    Join us April 24–26 for an in-depth look at the various careers within in the field of law. Whether you are new to the field or considering a career change, you will find valuable insights into this profession. Sessions will include a webinar about ethics in law, a panel discussion on nontraditional legal careers, and a one-on-one virtual networking event with panel discussants.

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.

  • Sex and the Constitution
    Beginning on June 5, join us for a three-week seminar with Geoffrey R. Stone, JD’71, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, as he discusses his new book Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the 21st Century. Stone will help us trace the complex and fascinating relationship between sex, religion, and law, from the ancient world to the present. He will provide insight into a range of questions: How have attitudes toward contraception and abortion evolved over time? How has the Supreme Court come to play a central role in defining these fundamental rights of American citizens? And, what is the future of these rights with the prospect of a possible succession of Donald Trump appointments to the Supreme Court?

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.

  • 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.