Other Councils

Other Great Books Programs

Events Around the Country

This is a rundown of upcoming Great Books events in the United States and Canada. Most of these are organized by Great Books Regional Councils; some are organized by related organizations. Click the links for further details and to register for the events.


  • ​April 30 - May 2: New England Great Books Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT​

    • Theme: Voices from the Harlem Renaissance​
    • Readings: Selected poetry; Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon and excerpts from Dust Tracks on a Road; Nella Larsen, Passing
  • May 14-16: Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute, ​online

    • Theme: Orwell on the Demise of Truth

    • Readings: George Orwell, 1984“Shooting an Elephant”, “Why I Write”, and “Politics and the English Language”; poems on democracy

  • July 10: Annual Meeting and Book Discussion, Northern California, online

    • Reading: Octavia Butler, Kindred

  • July 18-24: Great Books at Colby College, Waterville, Maine

    • Theme: American Experience​

    • Readings: Elizabeth Anderson, The Imperative of Integration; Marilynne Robinson, Gilead; Annie Dillard, An American Childhood; Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death; Philip Roth, American Pastoral; August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean

  • August 14 and 21: Long Novel Series, Northern California, online

    • Reading: Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • November 12-14: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute, Galloway, NJ​

    • Theme: Children and Adults

    • Readings: A.B. Yehoshua, The Continuing Silence of a Poet; Philip Roth, The Conversion of the Jews; George Eliot, Silas Marner; Henry James, What Maisie Knew; Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • November 13-14: Poetry Weekend, San Francisco Bay Area, online

Universities and Colleges that Offer a Great Books Curriculum