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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.

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.

Great Books Results Since 2010

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Listen Online to Studs Terkel Interviewing Poets

Poets and Poetry as Agents of Change, 1957-1977, a selection of archive interviews available online, has been introduced and curated by Joseph Coulson, former Great Books Foundation president. “Listening to Studs Terkel interview a poet is to realize that the power and music of poetry occupy a special place in the range of Terkel’s intellectualContinue reading

The Great American Read

As part of PBS’s The Great American Read program, Nancy Carr moderated a panel discussion of four books from the top 100 list on October 20 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Panelists included Donna Seaman, adult books editor at Booklist; Liesl Olson, director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library; and Julia Fine,Continue reading

Great American Read

Cast your vote today for America’s favorite novel! Visit wttw.com/read, where you can see the 100 books that made the initial cut for PBS’s The Great American Read and support your choice. You’ll also find plenty of other interactive literary content, including author interviews, quizzes, and book recommendations. And ifContinue reading