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Other Councils

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 12-14: Northern California Great Books Asilomar Weekend (Pacific Grove, CA)

    • Readings: Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas; C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces; Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House; and selected poetry.

  • May 18: Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute (Zoom)

    • Theme: Memory and Imagination. Readings: Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey; Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

  • June 1: Northern California Great Books Gold Country Mini-Retreat (Auburn, CA)

    • Reading and Film: David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

  • July 6: Northern California Great Books Annual Meeting (Zoom)

    • Reading: Katherine Anne Porter, Noon Wine.​

  • July 13: Northern California Great Books Leader-Reader Workshop (Zoom)

  • July 14-19: Toronto Pursuits (Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Canada)

    • Choose from among 10 week-long seminars.​

  • July 21-27: Great Books at Colby College (Waterville, ME)

    • Theme: Love and Passion. Readings: Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing; Austen, Pride and Prejudice; Brontë, Wuthering Heights; Wharton, The Age of Innocence; Baxter, The Feast of Love; Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse.​

  • October 12-13: Northern California Great Books Long Novel Weekend (Zoom)

    • Reading: Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

  • November 8-10: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute (Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA)

    • Theme: Individuation. Readings: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations; Jill Ker Conway, The Road from Coorain; Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club; selected poetry.​

  • November 16-17: Northern California Great Books Poetry Weekend

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

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