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Creating a world of readers and thinkers

The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization. We create and publish the Junior Great Books® program, and we produce books and initiatives that support lifelong learning. Through inquiry, reading, and discussion, we inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens. Please join us in creating a world of readers and thinkers.

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.


At Home in Hemingway’s World: An Exploration of Homecoming Through Literature

Join us July 19 at Dominican University for a unique Talking Service event—discussions of two short stories by Ernest Hemingway and Tim O’Brien, followed by a featured presentation from Tim O’Brien, author of the acclaimed collection The Things They Carried. Their stories “Soldier’s Home” and “In the Field/Field Trip” depict the complex process of reassimilation combat veterans experience after their long desired homecoming.  We’re honored to partner with the International Hemingway Society, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, and Dominican University to offer this exciting community event for veterans, their family members and caregivers, and anyone interested in supporting vets.
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Reflections of a Great Books Road Warrior

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”― Marcel Proust

Summer 2016 marks my twentieth year as a Great Books professional learning consultant. During my second interview for the position I was asked if I liked to travel. Sure, I thought, who doesn’t like to travel? The question was followed by the news that the position could involve as much as 225 plus days of travel a year—and so a road warrior was born.

As a man on the road my position involves, among other things, training teachers and administrators across the country in the Shared Inquiry™ method of discussion. I recall a conversation I had on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport early in my career. After introducing herself, the smiling person next to me asked, “What takes you on the
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Chicago Foundation for Women Using #HerVoice to Share Stories

“Contemporary culture has fallen in love again with storytelling. And women’s stories, in their beauty and complexity, have the power to shape minds and shift views.”

This quote appears at the beginning of the introduction to Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community. Written by K. Sujata, President of the Chicago Foundation for Women, this introduction explores the power and importance of women’s stories. In this video, K. Sujata and April Callen, Manager of Communications at the Chicago Foundation for Women, not only read from the introduction to Her Own Accord, but also share their stories with us.
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What People Are Saying

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

Junior Great Books is making such a difference with our students….

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

As a child I went through the Junior Great Books program and really want my children to have the same experience. I feel that this is the best program out there to provide my children with the critical thinking skills they will need to succeed later in life, and I'm excited to be working to bring a Junior Great Books program to their school!

--Parent Volunteer Coordinator Elementary School Illinois

Junior Great Books training is hands down the most informative, useful (and fun) professional development I've ever attended.

--Elizabeth A. Scott, Second Grade Teacher Kemps Landing/Old Donation School
Virginia Beach, VA

My students thought today's testing was easy. I know it was because we use @GreatBooksFnd in the classroom. #rigor

--Dan Chadd,
3rd grade teacher,
New Market, Indiana (@DanChadd)




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