Course Directors


Terry Grundy, M.A., FRSA

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Terry Grundy is Adjunct Associate Professor in the UC School of Planning and lecturer in the university's Department of Political Science. At UC, he teaches courses on politics and intellectual history. He is the creator of the popular Enlightenment Seminar, a UC Honors travel-study seminar that takes students to London and Cambridge University. He is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom. Grundy is founder of The Urbanists, an influential Cincinnati-based movement that advocates for an asset-based approach to the revitalization of historic American cities so they will again be the preferred places to live for the country’s most educated and productive people. In recognition of that effort, he was named Resident Urbanist at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio. Grundy received his M.A. degree from the Athenaeum and has pursued post-graduate studies at Cambridge University.


Zvi Biener, Ph.D.

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Dr. Biener is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.  His work is in the  early-modern conceptions of the unity of science and the large-scale structure of fields of knowledge.  He’s particularly interested in how early-modern conceptions of the unity of knowledge were used to justify the authority of philosophy over the physical sciences. Biener is co-Course Director of the Enlightenment Seminar and also created the UC Honors seminar, Big Data, Bigger Questions. When not engaged in academic pursuits, Biener works on web-related projects or code, compiles, and, as he says, generally makes a mess with programming languages.  His computer concerns mirror his academic concerns: he likes thinking about how knowledge is organized in the computer age and explores database and information management technologies.  Dr. Biener’s earned his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Philosophy from the same university.  He has B.A. degrees in both Physics and Philosophy from Rutgers University.

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