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.
February 23: The Art of Discussing Art, Houston, CA
A presentation and discussion followed by docent-led tours of pertinent art works at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts. Topic: Art and Ambiguity: The Firm vs. the Fuzzy.
March 9: Leader/Reader Workshop, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
April 5-7: New England Great Books Council Spring Retreat, Litchfield, CT
Theme: The Great War in Prose and Poetry. Readings: Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth; Pat Barker, Regeneration; Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong; selected poetry.
April 26-28: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
Readings: C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures; V. S. Naipaul, Miguel Street; Albert Camus, The Possessed; selected poetry.
May 3-5: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL
Theme: Something Wicked This Way Comes. Readings: Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find; Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Grand Inquisitor; Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale; E. O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence.
May 18: Gold Country Mini-Retreat, Auburn, CA
Reading and film viewing: Georgina Howell, Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations.
May 18: Spring Institute, Bristol, PA
Theme: Gender Blenders, Gender Blunders. Readings: Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness; William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.
June 2: Great Books Council of San Francisco Annual Meeting and Picnic, Berkeley, CA
Reading: Voltaire, Candide.
July 14-19: Toronto Pursuits, Toronto, Ontario
An annual salon in the sun. Theme: Community. Parallel seminars on Chaucer; Middlemarch; Icelandic epics; Chekhov stories and plays; poetry; seeing through clothes; The Second Sex; Absalom, Absalom! and Beloved; nationalism in music; and The Odyssey.
July 21-27: Great Books at Colby College, Waterville, ME
Theme: Memory & Consciousness. Readings: Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory; W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz; Patrick Modiano, Missing Person; Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day; Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger; Wordsworth, Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey; Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall; Seamus Heaney, Clearances.
July 27-28: Long Novel Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
A Saturday and Sunday devoted to discussions of a single novel. Reading: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.
November 1-3: Fall Institute Weekend, Pocono Manor, PE
Theme: Afterlife. Readings: Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a County Churchyard; Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (selections); Nicholai Gogol, Dead Souls; James Joyce, The Dead; George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo.
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