Escape to Tampa with Great Books!

If you are looking for a fun, intellectually challenging weekend away this winter, sign up for the Tampa Bay Great Books Council’s 10th anniversary conference!

The event will be held on February 13–15, 2015, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL. The conference theme is “A Fine Arts Weekend,” and participants will discuss the following three readings:

  • The Moon and Sixpence, a novel by M. Somerset Maugham
  • An edited selection of Letters from Van Gogh
  • Fences, a play by August Wilson

The weekend will consist of three Shared Inquiry™ discussions: two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Also available to participants are additional, optional activities that will help expand the artistic landscape of the readings and discussions, as well as help you explore the cultural environment of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Registration costs $229 per participant. This includes:

  • The three assigned books, provided by the Tampa Bay Great Books Council.
  • Friday’s cocktail reception
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday for those staying at the hotel

Hotel rooms are available for the discounted price of $165/night. Please call the hotel directly at 866.460.7456 to make your reservation.

For more information and to receive registration forms, please contact:

Sara Cohen, President and Coordinator
Tampa Bay Great Books Council
813.988.0091| or

Patrick DeMarco, Secretary
Tampa Bay Great Books Council
813.672.9052 |

  1. Alice Dunlap-Kraft says:

    It was indeed a fascinating discussion with a delightful group. Our Mutual Friend was so much fun to read and so hard to put down that it was a treat to think deliberately about it for those 15 hours. The variety of perspectives among our group on the psychology and motivations of the characters was fascinating. I especially enjoyed Nancy’s questions about tests of character and relationships posed in the plot, who failed the tests, who surpassed them, and why. It was a wonderful week at Toronto Pursuits.

  2. Jess Hungate says:

    Nancy, this is a great note on Classical Pursuits, which I encourage all to consider attending, as well as on Dickens and the Shared Enquiry (TM) approach more generally. I remember with such fondness our consideration last year of that greatest of all (OK, well almost all) books, Middlemarch. The book, the July in Toronto, your leadership, and reading and discussion in general – all very highly recommended. I look forward to Classical Pursuits next July!!

  3. Nancy Carr says:

    Thank you, Jess! I’ve learned a great deal from participants at Classical Pursuits over the years, and I look forward to it each summer.

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