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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

Teachers Trained

65000

Students Impacted

1000000

Schools Using Great Books

50000

A Teacher Becomes the Student

I attended Great Books Chicago 2019, and it was a rewarding experience that proved to be an affirmation of my Great Books middle school teaching practice. The participants in the Chicago event experience Great Books as students. There is prerequisite reading (provided by the Foundation), and the Shared Inquiry sessions are thoughtfully formatted. As IContinue reading

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