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.

Who We Are

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.

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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.

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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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