September Great Books Newsletter

On Great Discussions

Last month I spent fifteen hours, spread over five days, leading a group of thirteen people discussing a 151-year-old novel. . .

Senior Foundation Editor Nancy Carr reports on her experience leading discussions of Dickens’ classic work on “money, money, money.”

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Think about it. In discussions—or in life—when someone’s perspectives challenge your own, are you intrigued? Or are you more likely to defend your own viewpoint no matter what? Take 10 minutes to listen to this fascinating Ted Talk by writer Julia Galef about how our mindset impacts how we interpret, process information, and evaluate evidence.

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The Latest from Great Books

Explore the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women from a contemporary point of view through the 27 selections in Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community. Delve into how gender informs every aspect of a woman’s life—self and identity, family, relationships, sex . . .

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We’re thrilled to announce the February 2017 release of an interactive read-aloud program for kids in kindergarten and first grade!

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Download a sneak preview now!

Words from Educators

Meria Carstarphen is the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. Read her powerful response to a summer of violence—the mass shooting in Florida, disturbing police killings, and murdered police officers in Dallas. Her answer: “the transformational cultural shifts we must have in our country must begin in the schoolhouse.”

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Through the Great Books process, our students are learning to have honest conversations that are rooted in textual. . .

Kim Lanese, Assistant Principal at Norterra Canyon School in Phoenix, Arizona, writes on the impact of Great Books on her students and teachers.

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