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.


  • February 5: Tampa Bay Great Books Winter Conference (Zoom)

    • Readings: Elizabeth Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents; NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

  • February 5-6: New England Great Books Winter Weekend (Zoom)

    • Theme: The Tie That Binds​

    • Readings: Colm Toibin, Brooklyn: A NovelA Novel; Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside

  • February 19: San Francisco Mini-Retreat (Zoom)

    • Readings: Homer, The Iliad Books 22-24; David Malouf, Ransom

  • April 22-24: Barbara McConnell Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA

    • Readings: Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran; Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth; Aristophanes, Lysistrata; selected poetry​

  • April 29-May 1: New England Great Books - Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT

    • Theme: The Immigrant Experience​

    • Readings: Anzia Yezierska, "America and I"; Edwidge Danticat, Brother I'm Dying; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah; Willa Cather, My Antonia

    • For further info, contact Alexis DesRoches at newenglandgreatbooks@gmail.com

  • May 14: Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute (Zoom)

    • Readings: Bashō, The Narrow Road to the Deep North; Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • July 17-23: Great Books at Colby, Waterville, ME

    • Theme: Authenticity

    • Readings: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature & Self-Reliance; Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Walker Percy, The Moviegoer; Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Magda Szabo, The Door; Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  • November 12-13: Northern California Great Books Poetry Weekend (Zoom)

    • Theme: Why Poetry?

Some Universities and Colleges that Offer a Great Books Curriculum
A sample of the many schools with curriculum incorporating Great Books and Shared Inquiry