Workshops and Reading Groups


Committee on Social Thought students and faculty are active participants in the University’s
robust program of workshops. Workshops are informal groups, organized around topics of
interdisciplinary interest, in which students and faculty share work-in-progress. Workshops
also host visiting speakers. Although all workshop sessions are open to all University of Chicago
graduate students and faculty, people tend to commit themselves to only one or two. In recent
years, Committee on Social Thought members have been especially involved in organizing the Literature & Philosophy Workshop but are active participants in many others. For a complete list, visit the Council for Advanced Studies.

Reading Groups

CST students often organize informal reading groups together, meeting regularly over the
course of a season (especially summer) or across several quarters to pursue a shared interest in
a text or author. Animated by mutual inquiry and the pleasure of each other’s company,
students prepare for their Fundamentals exams, deepen their foreign language skills, develop
collaborative work (joint articles and presentations), or refresh their minds by exploring outside
the normal scope of their professional discipline(s).