Adam Rose

Welcome …

… to the professional website of Adam Rose, a Great Books educator, administrator, and online delivery pioneer based in Chicago, Illinois.

Among other things, I offer online courses devoted to the close reading of great books with profound ideas.

Adam Rose, Chicago, IllinoisHere you can:

  • find out about me and my work;
  • find out about upcoming study events;
  • decide if you want to study classic texts with me; and,
  • contact me.

I hope you find some things of interest and value. And perhaps that you will have some things of interest and value to share with me.

After all: Life is a Team Sport.

Adam Rose
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

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Want to Study Classic Texts with Me?

With over 30 years’ teaching experience at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, I have helped generations of adult learners become successful close readers of great books dealing with profound ideas. My courses and lectures facilitate “Aha!” moments of discovery and are widely known for their unique combination of rigor and humor, as well as for their consistent focus on the primary goal: comprehension of the texts at hand.

Great Books, Great People, Great Fun

If you’d like to join one of the small study groups I facilitate or to work with me one-on-one, please contact me. Usually these take place online using Zoom as most folks are not in Chicago.

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Upcoming Events

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2024 is the 50th anniversary (#ZMM50) of the publication of Robert Pirsig's ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE.

2024 is #ZMM50 #ZMM50th!

2024 is the 50th anniversary (#ZMM50 #ZMM50th) of the publication of Robert Pirsig’s modern classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. As part of the nationwide commemoration of this milestone, this summer I will be teaching two related online courses that can be taken independently or together. ◊ More →

Orwell, Sartre, Camus

Totalitarianism and Existentialism

This autumn I’ll be offering three private online courses on works by some of the intellectual giants of the mid-twentieth century: George Orwell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. The courses can be taken individually or as a series. ◊ More →

Aristophanes, Huck / James, Ovid

Ancients (Aristophanes, Ovid) and Moderns (Twain, Everett)

Over Winter 2025, I’ll be offering three private online courses. Two are devoted to ancient classics, one featuring Aristophanes’s comedies and one featuring selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The third juxtaposes a modern classic (Twain’s Huckleberry Finn) with an even more modern reply (Percival Everett’s James). The courses can be taken individually or as a series. ◊ More →