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    The Great Books Foundation
    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 400
    Chicago, IL 60601-2105

    800.222.5870 (toll free)
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Participation for All

As advocates of literacy and critical thinking, we work toward a civil and just society, advancing the ultimate promise of democracy—participation for all.


What We Do

  • We create reading and discussion programs for students and adults in the conviction that literacy and critical thinking help people of all ages become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens.
  • We teach preK–12 students in Great Books programs how to think critically—sparking a passion for literature and ideas through the discussion of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.
  • We provide instruction for teachers, parents, and adult volunteers in Shared Inquiry™, a method of teaching and learning developed by Great Books that promotes close reading, careful questioning, active listening, and the respectful exchange of ideas.
  • We create partnerships with educational and community organizations to advance reading and discussion as a means for exploring shared concerns and common ground.


The Great Books Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Through Shared Inquiry™, an inquiry-based method of teaching and learning, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.