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Program Requirements


The Sophomore Retreat, held early in the Fall Quarter, is a snapshot of the work you can expect in the coming year:

The Retreat is an afternoon discussion of and reflection on summer reading assigned by Brady Teaching Faculty.  In preparation for the year’s work of researching the City of Evanston, you will hear from Brady juniors and their Grad Fellows, who have acquainted themselves with the city, its challenges, and ways to address them.

Brady Sophomores, Sophomore Graduate Fellows, and Brady Teaching Faculty attend.

Sophomore Seminars

Sophomores meet for a one-credit seminar each quarter.

Weekly Teas

Come to Tea each week with our Faculty Fellow, Brady Teaching Faculty, and Graduate Fellows. Join us to discuss recent events and their implications for our society, and ongoing moral difficulties that affect civic life.


Thursdays, 3:30–4:30, Kresge Hall, Room 3-410

All sophomores are expected to attend. Juniors (when on campus), seniors, graduate fellows and teaching faculty are welcome. 

Small Group Meetings with Graduate Fellows

Your Graduate Fellow will be organizing meetings with your group once each month. You are required to attend the meetings and promptly respond to your Fellow when they are working to schedule a time to meet.   

They will guide you through the discovery of Evanston and its social, economic and political problems. Together you will select a target issue that addresses unmet needs in the community. Each group will present their issue to the cohort during Winter Quarter.

Prepare for Study Abroad

Group Presentations

Through the democratic process, the cohort will clearly define one, local community issue that will be central to the Senior Project your class will adopt. While abroad during your Junior Year, you will consider and discuss this issue with your foreign mentor. Is it a problem in the city you are visiting? If so, how is it managed there?

Presentation Format

Presentations should have three components:                                       

  1. Philosophical Background: Talk about a philosopher(s) who inspired you and why.                                                                                            
  2. Research and Onsite Information Gathering: Describe your experiences visiting local organizations, explaining what these organizations do (perhaps with a power point or a short video) and what remains to be done. Explain the needs of the Evanston community.
  3. Suggest Project Ideas: Propose several possible concrete project ideas.

Process - First Round - Winter Quarter

Process - Second Round - Spring Quarter