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Barbara McConnell

Asilomar Weekend

March 14-16, 2025

One of the major events of the year for the Great Books Council of San Francisco is the spring weekend at the Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, California, titled The Barbara McConnell Weekend at Asilomar in honor of a beloved Great Books leader. During the weekend there are discussions of poetry, a work of nonfiction, a work of theatre and a work of fiction. The beauty of the area is conducive to stimulating discussions and convivial parties.


We return to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula each spring to immerse ourselves in a weekend of provocative readings, engaging discussions and in-person camaraderie!

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The next Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar will take place on March 14-16, 2025.


Once again we'll discuss controversial yet timely works and poetry selections that span centuries of writing but explore enduring issues. 

As the event date draws nearer we'll publish additional information here, including the books we'll discuss and how to register for the event.


During Asilomar weekends in recent years we've discussed the plays A Doll's HouseNathan the WiseLysistrataW;t, and The Possessed; works of fiction Till We Have FacesThe God of Small Things, Letters From the EarthNever Let Me Go, and Miguel Street; and nonfiction works by Virginia Woolf, Ayn Rand, Azar Nafisi, Machiavelli, and C.P. Snow; as well as selected poetry. To see a full list of what's been discussed during our 50+ years at Asilomar, please click this past discussion list

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