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.


  • February 23, 2020: Leader-Reader Workshop, Lafayette, CA

  • April 17-19, 2020: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA

    • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince; Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go; Margaret Edson, Wit; selected poetry.

  • May 1-3, 2020: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL

    • 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.

  • May 1-3, 2020: New England Great Books Council Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT​

    • Theme: Voices from the Harlem Renaissance. Alain Locke, "The New Negro"; Tobi Haslett, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance -- And His Hidden Hungers"; Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"; Nella Larsen, Passing; selected poetry of the period.

  • May 16, 2020: Gold Country Mini-Retreat, Auburn, CA

    • Reading: Heinrich Harrer, Seven Years in Tibet.​

  • June 14, 2020: Great Books San Francisco Annual Picnic and Annual Meeting, Berkeley, CA

    • Reading: Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle.​

  • June 27, 2020: Long Island Great Books Council Spring Discussion, New York, NY

    • Theme: Human Caused Evil. Readings: William Shakespeare, Richard III; ​Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology.

  • July 11-12, 2020: Long Novel Weekend, Menlo Park, CA

    • Reading: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children.​

  • July 12-17, 2020: Toronto Pursuits, Toronto, CA​

    • A week of participatory seminars on literature, art, music and film. Theme: Pivot Points.​

  • July 19-25, 2020: Great Books at Colby College, Waterville, ME​

    • Theme: American Experience. Readings: Elizabeth Anderson, The Imperative of Integration; Marilynne Robinson, Gilead; Annie Dillard, An American Childhood; Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death; Philip Roth, American Pastoral; August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean.​

  • 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.​

  • November ​21-22, 2020: Poetry Weekend, Menlo Park, CA

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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