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.


  • February 20, 2021: San Francisco Mini-Retreat, online

    • Readings: Danai Gurira, Familiar; Jhumpa Lahiri, "Interpreter of Maladies"

  • March 13: Leader/Reader Training, Northern California, online

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

    • Theme: Voices from the Harlem Renaissance​

    • Readings: Selected poetry; Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon and excerpts from Dust Tracks on a Road; Nella Larsen, Passing

  • May 14-16: Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute, ​online

    • Theme: Orwell on the Demise of Truth

    • Readings: George Orwell, 1984“Shooting an Elephant”, “Why I Write”, and “Politics and the English Language”; poems on democracy

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

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

  • August 7, 14, 21: Long Novel Series, Northern California, online

    • Reading: Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed

  • November 12-14: 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

  • November 13-14: Poetry Weekend, San Francisco Bay Area, online

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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