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Creating a world of readers and thinkers

As a nonprofit educational organization, the Great Books Foundation is committed to using inquiry, reading and discussion to inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens. Please help us continue to positively impact the lives of those around us.

Through our community outreach programs we encourage people to become reflective and well-informed citizens by reading about and discussing issues that impact each of us and the world we share.


Alliance for Liberal Learning Inaugural Conference

ALLnewThe first annual conference of the Alliance for Liberal Learning will take place November 6 and 7 in downtown Chicago’s historic Jeweler’s Building, also home to the Great Books Foundation. In keeping with the theme of “Citizens,” focus of this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, the Great Books Foundation will be donating complimentary copies of their publication Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights (expanded edition), to all attendees of the conference.
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Why in a democracy do we still ban books?

Joseph Coulson, President, Great Books Foundation

Twelve months ago I wrote a brief reflection for Banned Books Week. A year has gone by and titles old and new continue to be banned in communities across the country. Many people in the digital domain, using a variation on Nietzsche, have declared the book dead, but books continue to live and, it appears, threaten the general population—enough so that a wide range of social and political groups feel the need to ban paper and print in an effort to save our culture. The irony, of course, is that almost every great book, almost every book of important cultural significance, has at some
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Tips to Empower Students to Ask their own Questions about Literature

By Joel Pardalis, sixth-grade teacher at New Fairfield Middle School in New Fairfield, Connecticut

Teach students the value of different types of questions. Initially, we start off talking about open versus closed questions. We talk about the differences and what each type of question leads to when it is answered. We also talk about how closed questions can be revised to make open questions. Once students are confident in their ability to identify and create these two types of questions,
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The Shared Inquiry training was phenomenal!…

--Lynn Tschaplinski
K-6 Reading Coordinator
Oak Ridge Schools
Oak Ridge, TN

This may sound like an exaggeration, but Great Books saved my sanity…. For two years it was the center of my life. Thank you Great Books.

--Virginia Tschanz
Westminster, CO

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--Dr. Grace A. Reid
Bernard Elementary School
Washington, D.C.




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