Great Books Foundation Celebrating 75 Years

Help Us Celebrate 75 Years of Great Books!

Donate today to help us launch the next 75 years of Great Conversations

The Great Books Foundation began in 1947 with a mission to promote lifelong education through the reading and discussion of outstanding literature. Today, we’ve extended that mission to people of all ages, and we promote the discussion of ideas expressed not only through literature, but in artwork and media of any form. We continue to innovate, amplifying ideas from diverse sources, as we create reading and discussion programs for students, teachers, and adult learners. We believe that literacy and critical thinking help form reflective, knowledgeable citizens equipped to participate constructively in a democratic society.

Read more about our rich history, from our founding in 1947 to our diverse programs for students and adults today!

Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer J. Adler

Great Books Foundation cofounders Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler.