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.
September 20: Tampa Bay Great Books Fall Conversation Conference, Tampa, FL
Reading: Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Struggle for Our Better Angels.
October 6: Wine Country Mini-Retreat, Calistoga, CA
Theme: Banned Books. Reading: TBD.
October 27: Long Island Great Books Fall Discussion, Commack, Long Island, NY
Theme: America Transformed. Readings: Stephen Kinzer, The True Flag and Mark Twain, To a Person Sitting in Darkness; or Ron Chernow, Grant.
November 2-4: Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute, Pocono Manor, PA
Theme: Unique Characters. Readings: poetry; Jane Gardam, Old Filth; David Grossman, A Horse Walks Into a Bar; Jane Austen, Emma.
November 3-4: Poetry Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
A weekend filled with poetry discussions.
April 5-7, 2019: 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, 2019: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
Readings: C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures; Heinrich Böll, Billiards at Half-Past Nine; Albert Camus, The Possessed; selected poetry.
May 3-5, 2019: 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.
July 14-19, 2019: 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 27-28, 2019: Long Novel Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
A Saturday and Sunday devoted to discussions of a single novel. The weekend's novel has not yet been selected.
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