Great Books Discussion Group

Contact Name:
Leslie Wiedder
Contact Phone:
(630) 894-9121
Contact Email:
Conference Room
First Thursday of every month; Sept. through June
7:30-8:45 p.m.

Come for a lively discussion of great works! We discuss a variety of relatively short pieces including short stories, plays, poems, essays, and philosophy. Currently our group uses the Great Books Foundation anthology entitled Great Conversations 2, editors, Daniel Born, Donald H. Whitfield, and Mike Levine, Chicago, Great Books Foundation, 2006. This book can be obtained from libraries (ISBN 0-945159-48-X) or purchased from the Great Books Foundation website. Starting in March, we will be using a different book, Great Conversations 3, editors, Daniel Born, Mike Levine, and Donald H. Whitfield, Chicago, Great Books Foundation, 2007 (ISBN 1-880-323-17-6). Individual works from the anthology can also be found in libraries or online. Feel free to join us for only those works that interest you.

Upcoming Discussions - 2020
January 2nd - “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” by Raymond Carver (Great Conversations 2 book)

February 6th - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. While this is a Great Books Foundation recommended novel, it is not in our text. Attendees will obtain this work on their own.

March 5th - “A Pardoner’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. (From now on, we are using the Great Conversations 3 book.)

April 2nd - An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (selection) by David Hume

May 7th - “A Defense of Poetry” (selection) by Percy Bysshe Shelley

June 4th - Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt. While this is a Great Books Foundation recommended book, it is not in our text. Attendees will obtain this work on their own.

July - No meeting

August - No meeting

September 3rd - “The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honoré de Balzac

October 1st - “Second Epilogue to War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy

November 5th - “The Man Who Would Be King” by Rudyard Kipling

December 3rd - Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandell