Other Regional Great Books Councils
NY: Westchester Great Books Council: contact Mary Ann Baiyor, email@example.com
London, England: Mark Cwik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Great Books Discussion Programs site with other links to regional groups
Other Great Books Programs
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.
Great Discourses. Faculty-led Great Books discussion courses online via video conferencing.
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.
March 31 - April 2: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
Theme: Works of John Steinbeck. A weekend of poetry, nonfiction, fiction and theatre discussions at the Asilomar State Park and Conference Center on the Central California coast. Readings include Cannery Row; Of Mice and Men; The Log from the Sea of Cortez; and selected poetry.
April 28-30: New England Great Books Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT
Theme: Women Under Duress. Readings include A Doll's House; Tess of the D'Urbervilles; A Handmaid's Tale; Mrs. Warren's Profession.
May 5: Midwest Great Books Council Leaders Breakfast, Chicago, IL
A breakfast meeting of Great Books Regional Council leaders from around the country as a kickoff to the weekend's Great Books Chicago conference.
May 5-7: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL
Theme: Her Own Accord. Readings include selections from the Great Books Foundation's Her Own Accord anthology as well as Willa Cather's novel My Antonia.
May 13: Gold Country Mini-Retreat, Auburn, CA
Book discussion and film viewing: Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor.
June 4: San Francisco Great Books Council Annual Meeting and Picnic, Berkeley, CA
Book discussion: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
June 11: Long Island Great Books Council Annual Spring Discussion, New York, NY
Book discussion: Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc and short stories. Click here to download the registration form.
June 16: Tampa Great Books Drama Retreat, New Tampa, FL
Theme: Family Matters. Readings include Steven Karam's Tony Award-winning play The Humans and Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters.
July 22-23: Long Novel Weekend, Berkeley, CA
Book discussions: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.
July 16-21: Toronto Pursuits, Toronto, ON
An annual "salon in the sun."
July 23-29: Great Books at Colby College, Waterville, ME
Theme: Family Matters! Readings include Sophocles: Antigone; Anouilh: Antigone; Gosse: Father and Son; Nabokov: Speak, Memory; Stegner: Angle of Repose; Welty: The Optimist's Daughter; Munro: short stories.
October 7: Wine Country Mini-Retreat, Calistoga, CA
Book discussion and film viewing: TBD.
June 11: Long Island Great Books Council Annual Fall Discussion, Commack, Long Island, NY
Book discussion: Mark Twain short stories and Chasing the Last Laugh: How Mark Twain Escaped Debt and Disgrace with a Round-the-World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks. Click here to download the registration form.
November 3-5: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute Weekend, Pocono Manor, PA
Theme: Distinctive Voices. Readings include Bob Dylan: selected lyrics; Penelope Fitzgerald: The Beginning of Spring; Elizabeth Bowen: The House in Paris; and Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin.
Another source of Great-Books-related event information is the Great Discourses web site at http://greatdiscourses.com/classics-events-for-adults.
Some Colleges and Universities 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 College, Chicago, IL
C. S. Lewis College, Redlands, CA
Gutenberg College, Eugene, OR
Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA