Many of our groups choose to use readings from anthologies published by the Great Books Foundation:
The Great Books Reading and Discussion Series represents some of the most influential and profound thinking of the Western world. The series includes substantial works of literature and philosophy by such authors as Dostoyevesky, Freud, Kafka, Plato, and Shakespeare. (Please note: The Great Books Foundation is continuing to publish only the first and fifth of these series; the other series are now out of print.)
The 50th Anniversary Series consists of six anthologies combining works of classic and modern authors from around the world.
The Great Conversations Series consists of six anthologies of works covering the full spectrum of great literature, from the classics to the present.
The Introduction to Great Books Series consists of three anthologies containing shorter selections from Western classics to short modern fiction. They are ideal for a newly-forming book group or for introducing great literature to younger readers.
The Science Series includes three anthologies of readings on the sciences: Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science; The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology; and What's the Matter: Readings in Physics.
Vital Ideas includes four anthologies on the subjects of Crime, Money, Sex and Work.
Big Ideas in Popular Culture, new in 2017, includes three anthologies: Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music; Double Features: Big Ideas in Film; and Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television.
In addition to the above series, the Foundation has published many single-volume anthologies, including:
Readings from The Civic Arena invite reflection on civic-minded activities and on the vital connections between thought and service. Titles include:
Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian
Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights
The Civically Engaged Reader
Consuming Interests: Great Ideas in Economics
The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy
Plan of Chicago: Centennial Edition
Talking Service: Readings for Civic Reflection
Various Literature Anthologies, including:
Counterparts, contrasting texts that interact with one another
Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions
The Soul of the Text, an anthology of readings from the Jewish literary tradition
Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture and Community
The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and its sequel, Even Deadlier
Short Story Omnibus
Science Fiction Omnibus
Modern American Poetry
For a full list of series, individual anthologies and discussion guides offered by the Great Books Foundation, visit its web site.
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