The Great Books Foundation is partnering with many state humanities councils to develop Talking Service programs in communities across the country. The councils that are sponsoring Talking Service identify host sites for the programs in their states. The host sites then schedule a series of discussion programs, recruit participants, and find or train discussion leaders. Typically, the programs consist of four to six 90-minute sessions spread over two to three months.
If you are on the staff of a state humanities council that is not yet part of the growing Talking Service network and are interested in finding out how your council can participate, please contact Louise Galpine via email at TalkingService@greatbooks.org.
The following state humanities councils have sponsored Talking Service:
As Talking Service grows, it takes its place among the ever-increasing number of programs for veterans, their families and friends, and others who use art, literature, and music to help enrich and ease the transition from military service back into civilian life. Listed below are some of these programs and the organizations that run them. All of these programs share with Talking Service a sincere concern for the well-being and flourishing of those who have served our country.
MusiCorps – A program designed to help wounded veterans recover through creating and performing music.
Veterans Book Group – A reading and discussion program for veterans, run by the Maine Humanities Council.
Veterans Upward Bound – A US government–supported bridge program for veterans returning to college, available at approximately 50 colleges across the country. Several VUB programs have been using the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian in their programs.
Words After War – A series of writing workshops for veterans and their civilian friends, conducted by veteran writers.