Core of the Core - online for april

Participate via Zoom.  This discussion group is intended for alumni who miss the analysis and stimulation of classes like “Poetry and the Human”.

This discussion gshield_logoroup is intended for alumni who miss the analysis and stimulation of classes like Poetry and the Human and the timeless works encountered there. It is a cross between a class and a book club, where members of the group read great compositions and related works and gather together to exchange insights and thoughts.


As this will be an online event, all registrants will be emailed the Zoom conference link via email by William Funk on April 21.

Registration is limited to the first 20 people.

The group began meeting in March 2018, and read works from the Human Being and Citizen classes in the first two series, starting with The Iliad and ending with Kafka’s “Before the Law."

The readings for the 4/21 gathering are:

  • Homer’s Iliad, Book 24, translations by Richard Lattimore, Alexander Pope, George Chapman C. Logue,
  • Pax and Iliad, Book 24
  • Recommended: A Oswald, A Version of Homer’s Iliad
Month/Year Date Readings

May 2020


Langston Hughes, “The negro speaks of rivers”

Gwendolyn Brooks “Boy breaking glass.”

Adrienne Rich “Tonight no poetry will serve”

Audre Lorde “Poetry is not a luxury”

Vladimir Mayakovsky “Love” “Conversation with a taxman about poetry” “At the top of my voice”

Aime Cesaire “In the Guise of a Literary Manifesto” “Keeping Poetry Alive”

Slavoj Zizek “The Poetic Torture-House of Language.”

June 2020



If you are interested in coming, please contact Bill Funk, AB’93, at for more details on the readings and for any other questions you have.


Event Information


7:00PM - 8:30PM Tue 21 Apr 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


ZOOM meeting information will be sent via email to registrants.

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William Funk
Natalia Ginez
  UChicago Alumni Staff
Plachikkat Viswanath
Miriam Kanter
Christopher Shea
Jennie Kim
Mary Cho
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Event Contact
William Funk, AB'93