The past year has been a challenge for all of us. We have had to get used to Zoom calls, adapt to learning online, and keep socially distanced as we try to maintain the ties that bind us together.

Despite these challenges, the Great Books Foundation has continued its mission to provide teachers and students with a learning experience that promotes civil discourse, fosters critical thinking, and provides meaningful social interaction. During this difficult year, we were still able to help 4,300 schools use our program and train 2,941 teachers. We impacted the lives of more than 88,000 children.

Getting Comfortable Having Uncomfortable Conversations

As the United States continues to confront and grapple with our complex legacies of systemic racism and widespread inequity, engaging in perhaps uncomfortable civil discussions with one another on truly tough questions is essential. To live up to the promises of our founding principles and to honor the sacrifices

Happy New Year from the Great Books Foundation!

The past year has been a challenge for all of us. We have had to get used to Zoom calls, adapt to learning online, and keep socially distanced as we try to maintain the ties that bind us together.

Despite these challenges, the Great Books Foundation has continued its mission

Five Tips for Fostering Civil Holiday Conversations

We’ve all experienced some awkward holiday conversations. Whether you’re meeting online or in person this holiday season, you might be navigating some challenging relationships—like talking to the cousin you rarely see and don’t have much in common with, or the aunt who can’t stop pushing political views you don’t share.Continue reading

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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit best known for having originated the Shared Inquiry method of teaching and learning that has been a favorite of teachers and students for more than 70 years. We believe that literacy and critical thinking help form reflective, knowledgeable citizens equipped to participate constructively in a democratic society.

Our Mission

The mission of the Great Books Foundation is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of people of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value.

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Junior Great Books Series 6–8

We are taking our mission beyond classrooms with a vision to build stronger, more innovative working and thinking communities, and activate influential leaders to foster positive change.

Junior Great Books Virtual AcademyTM

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