Basic Program of Liberal Education

Courses

Quarter
Day(s)
The Liberty Bell
BASC64111 Autumn

Alumni Sequence: The American Tradition Year I Alumni Sequence: The American Tradition Year I

We begin the sequence with a consideration of America’s colonial heritage and of the forces and ideas that shaped its emergence into nationhood. In the seminar, we will reflect on the country’s uneasy...

War of Athens
BASC40101 Autumn

Basic Program Year Four: Autumn Basic Program Year Four: Autumn

The Year 4 Seminar texts cover a wide range time periods and genres, including philosophy, biography, satire, and romance, which connect through the themes of love, character, and humor as they...

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant's painting, "Antigone at the Bedside of Polynice"
BASC10101 Autumn

Basic Program Year One: Autumn Basic Program Year One: Autumn

Since 1946, the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults has engaged lifelong learners in reading, discussing, and building community around the foundational texts of literature, philosophy, and...

Alt: A replica of Isaac Newton's second reflecting telescope of 1672.

Photograph © Andrew Dunn.

BASC30101 Autumn

Basic Program Year Three: Autumn Basic Program Year Three: Autumn

In the Year 3 Seminar we will read some of the fundamental and groundbreaking works in the history of science. Each of these texts challenges the way we think about the structure and operation of the...

A picture of Rubenstein Forum
GSYM10001 Autumn

Graham Symposium 2022 Graham Symposium 2022

Join us on October 16th for a daylong Symposium at the David Rubenstein Forum in Hyde Park to explore the liberal arts, to build community with fellow learners, and to celebrate the 130th anniversary...

On the left: Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian. On the right: Jose Saramago’s The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
BASC70165 Autumn

History Two Ways: Yourcenar and Saramago History Two Ways: Yourcenar and Saramago

An emperor makes history. A proofreader invents it. Who has more freedom? Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian (1951) and Jose Saramago’s The History of the Siege of Lisbon (1989) pose old...

Closeup of two hands on the pages of an open book.
BASC70059 Summer | Autumn | Winter | Spring

How to Read Classic Texts How to Read Classic Texts

Looking to read deeper? Close reading—zeroing in on a text’s words, sentences, and syntax—has the power to transform a text and reveal new meaning. In this introductory-level course, learners will tap...

Proust and The Prisoner
BASC70161 Autumn

Proust: The Prisoner Proust: The Prisoner

The Prisoner is the fifth volume in Proust's novel, In Search of Lost Time. Albertine is the prisoner named in the title, and readers of the earlier volumes will guess easily who her jailer is! Join...

An illustration from Don Quixote
BASC70168 Autumn

The Art and Ends of Reading: The Novel I—Don Quixote The Art and Ends of Reading: The Novel I—Don Quixote

Why read Don Quixote? It remains the best as well as the first of all novels, just as Shakespeare remains the best of all dramatists. There are parts of yourself you will not know fully until you know...

The city of Jerusalem viewed from Mount Scopus.
BASC70170 Autumn

The Holy Land Through the Ages I: Prehistory to the Roman Empire The Holy Land Through the Ages I: Prehistory to the Roman Empire

This three quarter series is a study of the historical geography of the land of the Bible from prehistory to the establishment of the modern State of Israel and the conflict over the Palestinian...