Other Councils
CA: San Diego and Del Mar
CA: San Diego and Del Mar Great Books Council
CO: Boulder
Great Books Discussion Group
FL: Tampa Bay
Great Books Council
IL: Midwest Region
Great Books Council
NY: Long Island
Great Books Council
NY: Westchester
Great Books Council - contact Mary Ann Baiyor
PA: Philadelphia
Great Books Council
TX: Houston
Great Books Council
WA: Northwest
Great Books Council
London, England
Great Books Council - contact Mark Cwik
Great Books Foundation Councils List
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Other Great Books Programs

Great Discourses
Faculty-led Great Books discussion courses online via video conferencing
Classical Pursuits
A Toronto-based vacation learning program that works closely with the Great Books Foundation to offer travel in conjunction with Shared Inquiry discussions.
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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.

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  • October 3/10/17, 2020: San Francisco Great Books Long Novel Weekend, online

    • Reading: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • October 24, 2020: Tampa Great Books Fall 2020 Contemporary Issues discussion, online

    • Readings: ​Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • November ​14-15, 2020: San Francisco Great Books Poetry Weekend, online

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • November 20-22, 2020: Philadelphia Great Books Virtual Fall Institute, online​​

    • Theme: Children & Adults

    • Readings: Saul Bellow, The Silver Dish; Poems on Children & Adults; Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • April 30 - May 2, 2021: New England Great Books Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT​

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic​​

  • May 15, 2021: Gold Country Mini-Retreat, Auburn, CA

    • Book discussion and film viewing: Heinrich Harrer​, Seven Years in Tibet.

  • 2021: Long Island Great Books Spring Discussion, Commack, NY

    • Theme: ​​Voices from the Harlem Renaissance

    • Readings: Alain Locke, "The New Negro"; Tobi Haslett, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance - And His Hidden Hungers"; Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon and Dust Tracks on a Road; Nella Larsen, Passing

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic

  • 2021: Great Books Chicago

    • Theme: Exploring Beauty

    • Readings: Thomas Mann, Death in Venice; Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; Anton Chekhov, "The Beauties"; Roger Fry, "An Essay in Aesthetics"; selected poems

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic

  • May 15, 2021: Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute, ​Bristol, PA​

    • Theme: Orwell on the Demise of Truth

    • Readings: George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”, “Why I Write”, and “Politics and the English Language”

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic

  • 2021: Long Island Great Books Council Fall Discussion, ​Commack, NY

    • Theme: Outsiders and Insiders

    • Readings: E. M. Forster, A Passage to India; W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic​​

  • November 12-14, 2021: 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

    • This event was postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic​​

Universities and Colleges that Offer a Great Books Curriculum

St. John's College
Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM
Harrison Middleton University
Tempe, AZ
Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey, CA
Shimer Great Books School
North Central College, Naperville, IL
C.S. Lewis College
Redlands, CA
Gutenberg College
Eugene, OR
Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, CA
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