Tampa Bay Great Books Conference

Calling all Floridian Great Books readers! The 11th annual Tampa Bay Great Books Conference Weekend will be held on January 29–31, 2016. This conference is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Great Books Council, one of the most active and innovative councils within our national community!

The conference will take place at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. This year’s conference theme is “Cuba: Looking at the Island Through History, Memoir, and Fiction.” The three readings that will be discussed throughout the weekend are:

  • Cuba in the American Imagination, Louis A Pérez
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana, Carlos Eire
  • Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina García

In addition to these book discussions, the Tampa Bay Great Books Council has scheduled several other social events for the weekend, including an opening reception and dinner at the hotel. After the opening reception, conference attendees will hear from keynote speaker Annie Betancourt about her experiences in Cuban-American relations.

Registration is limited to 55 attendees, so be sure to register today! For more information on how to register, contact Sara Cohen President of the Tampa Bay Great Books Council.

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  1. Mary OMalley says:

    Could you please please start a female based Great Books initiative?
    Love it all but still feel weighed down by males
    I actually prefer male writing to female writing with of course exceptions and I think it is due to male overexposure the ear has been tainted by the male voice.
    One could easily create a comitte with the likes of Anne Varson, belle hooks, Karen Armstrong, Alice Walker and so many others.
    This would be excellent PR and would sell like hot cakes –trust me-.
    Then after several years you could do other non signified voices in our world.
    Way cool.
    And I think
    Harold Bloom would concur
    Let Sappho have her voice back!

    1. Sharon Crowley says:

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for your very timely comment! I’m delighted to tell you about our latest publication: “Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community.” We were thrilled to publish our first collection of women’s writing last month. You can read the table of contents & purchase a copy by clicking the title link–you can also watch a video about the book. We hope you enjoy Her Own Accord as much as we do!

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