ELI Reading Group

Every quarter, the ELI hosts free, drop-in extracurricular activities

Reading Group

Hosted by Josh, one of our ELI Pedagogy Specialists, The ELI Reading Group is your opportunity to challenge your reading skills by reading popular works of writing in English and then discussing those works with others.

Each quarter, as a group, we will read a longer work which we will discuss near the end of the term, and meet each week to discuss shorter works that share themes with the longer work.

For the Autumn Quarter, we will be reading Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May. Bedrock Faith was chosen this quarter because it was selected as this year’s One Book, One Chicago reading. One Book, One Chicago is a program that encourages the entire city to read a book together as a community each year. There will be a lot of free programming offered by the Chicago Public Library involving Bedrock Faith in the coming year; I will try to post some of the programming here and possibly arrange to incorporate it into our discussions.

For the latest news and links to the short works we are reading each week, visit The ELI Reading Group Blog.

All proficiency levels are welcome*

UChicago Weeks 2 – 9

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

(RSVP required)

*If you are not a UChicago degree-seeking student or postdoc, we may conduct a short interview to ensure that Reading Group is a good fit for you.



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