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 hyperlinks for further details and to register for the events.


  • August 31, 2020: 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.​

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

    • Reading: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • November 6-8, 2020: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute, Galloway, NJ​

    • This event has been postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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

    • This event will take place online via Zoom​ teleconferences

  • TBD: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL

    • This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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

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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