Other Regional Great Books Councils
NY: Westchester Great Books Council: contact Mary Ann Baiyor, firstname.lastname@example.org
London, England: Mark Cwik (email@example.com)
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.
January 13: Discussion of Flash Fiction, Houston, TX
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: San Francisco Mini-Retreat, San Francisco, CA
Reading and film viewing: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day.
February 24: The Art of Discussing Art, Houston, TX
March 4: 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: Barbara McConnell Great Books Weekend at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
A weekend of Shared Inquiry discussions at the beautiful Asilomar State Park and Conference Center on California's Central Coast. Theme: American Classics. 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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4-6: Great Books Chicago, Chicago, IL
An annual book discussion conference organized by the Great Books Foundation. Theme: Big Ideas in Popular Culture: Music, Film, and Television.
May 19: Great Books in the Gold Country, Auburn, CA
Reading and film viewing: Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle.
June 10: Northern California Annual Meeting and Picnic, Berkeley, CA
Reading: Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid's Tale. A quick meeting, a potluck picnic, and a book discussion in Berkeley's Tilden Park. All are welcome.
July 14-15: Long Novel Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
A weekend of discussions devoted to a single work of fiction. Reading: John Steinbeck, East of Eden.
July 15-20: Toronto Pursuits, Toronto, Ontario
An annual "salon in the sun" with nine seminars running in parallel. Theme: Power.
July 22-28: Great Books at Colby, Waterville, ME
An annual week of lively discussion at Colby College. Theme: Woes of Wooing. Readings: Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther; Barthes, A Lover's Discourse; Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra; Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower; Roth, Goodbye, Columbus.
November 3-4: Poetry Weekend, Menlo Park, CA
A weekend filled with poetry discussions.
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