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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 InquiryTM discussion of works and ideas of enduring value.

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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit best known for having originated the Shared InquiryTM 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.

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2020 Nobel Prize Winners Featured in GBF Books!

As you may have heard (or read), the 2020 Nobel Prize was awarded earlier this month, and we are thrilled that two of the winners have writings in recent Great Books Foundation anthologies! Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beautyContinue reading


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