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 Spring 2021 quarter, we will be trying something a little different! You can choose between The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a work of contemporary non-fiction, or To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic American novel. Or you can read both!

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*

Mar 24, 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19, all Spring Reading Group sessions will happen online. You will need to RSVP in order to be sent the link each week.

UChicago Weeks 2 – 9

Mondays, 8:00-9:00 a.m. CT — The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. CT — To Kill a Mockingbird

ONLINE (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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