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)
For additional contact information, see the Great Books Foundation's Book Groups and Councils web page.
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.
October 22: 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.
November 11-12: San Francisco Great Books Poetry Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
January 19-21: Tampa Bay Great Books Conference Weekend, St. Petersburg, FL
Theme: Vietnam: Looking Back Through Three Vietnamese Novelists. Readings include Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer; Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam; and Duong Thu Huong, Paradise of the Blind.
February 16-18: Southwest Great Books Weekend, Tempe, AZ
Theme: Big Ideas in Popular Culture: Music, Film, and Television
February 24, 2018: San Francisco Mini-Retreat, San Francisco, CA
Reading and film viewing TBD.
March 3, 2018: San Francisco Leader/Reader Workshop, San Rafael, CA
An annual one-day workshop aimed at improving skills and enjoyment while leading and/or participating in Shared Inquiry discussions.
April 13-15, 2018: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
Theme: American Classics. A weekend of Shared Inquiry discussions at the beautiful Asilomar State Park and Conference Center on California's Central Coast. Readings include W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk; Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness; Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh; and selected poetry.
April 27-29, 2018: New England Great Books Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT
Theme: Mystical Tales. Readings include Don DeLillo, White Noise; Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children; Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound; Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound; and Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. For further information, contact Alexis DesRoches at email@example.com.
May 4-6, 2018: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL
An annual book discussion conference organized by the Great Books Foundation. Readings TBD.
May 19, 2018: Gold Country Mini-Retreat, Auburn, CA
A one-day discussion of a book (usually a work of nonfiction) along with a viewing of its film adaptation, in the heart of California's Gold Country. Reading TBD.
June 10, 2018: Northern California Annual Meeting and Picnic, Berkeley, CA
A quick meeting, a potluck picnic, and a book discussion in Berkeley's Tilden Park. All are welcome. Reading TBD.
July 15-20, 2018: Toronto Pursuits, Toronto, Ontario
An annual "salon in the sun" with nine seminars running in parallel. Theme: Power.
July 2018: Great Books at Colby, Waterville, CA
An annual week of lively discussion at Colby College. Date, theme and readings TBD.
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 Great Books School at North Central College, Naperville, IL
C. S. Lewis College, Redlands, CA
Gutenberg College, Eugene, OR
Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA