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.


  • July 16: Northern California Great Books Annual Meeting (Zoom)

    • Reading: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

  • July 17-23: Great Books at Colby, Waterville, ME (in person and on Zoom)

    • 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

  • October 1-2: Northern California Great Books Long Novel Weekend (Zoom)

    • Reading: Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

  • November 11-13: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute, Rutgers, NJ

    • Theme: Contemporary Characters Revealed​

    • Readings: John Cheever, The Country Husband; Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road; Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus

  • 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