Great Books Education

Great Books Education Organizations


Sector Associations

Alliance for Liberal Learning The Alliance for Liberal Learning brings together scholars, organizations and the members of the general public to promote and support conversations about great works and ideas as a way of opening the public imagination to the enduring value of lifelong liberal education.
American Academy for Liberal Education The American Academy for Liberal Education promotes excellence in liberal education by providing significant academic recognition of programs and schools worldwide that maintain the highest standards of liberal arts learning.
Association for Core Texts and Courses The Association for Core Texts and Courses supports individuals, provides fora, and develops initiatives that advance and strengthen the integrated and common study of world classics and texts of major cultural significance.
Center for the Study of the Great Ideas The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the work of Mortimer Adler in general and Adler’s notion that “philosophy is everybody’s business” in particular.
Great Books Great Discussions Great Books Great Discussions is non-profit organization promoting the reading and discussion of Great Books around the world.
National Great Books Curriculum Academic Community A free academic resource that “focuses on the writings and authors found in Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World.”

Primary and Secondary Education Providers

Angelicum Academy The Angelicum Academy is a Catholic homeschool and liberal education program based on the liberal arts and the classical great books of Western civilization (as well as online Socratic discussions).
Great Books Academy The Great Books Academy is a homeschool and charter school organization dedicated to liberal education based on the classic great books of Western Civilization.
Great Books Foundation The Great Books Foundation is a non-profit educational organization devoted to reading and discussion programs, group leader training, book publishing, critical thinking for adults and children.
Great Hearts Academy Great Hearts Academies are K-12 charter (public) schools that provide students with a classical liberal arts education, as imparted by a cadre of selective liberally-educated teachers.
   

Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate Education Providers

Carleton University The Bachelor of Humanities Great Books Program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is a four-year curriculum organized around four Core Courses plus a number of Complementary Courses.
C.S. Lewis College C.S. Lewis College is a proposed fully accredited, four-year “Great Books” college with a School of the Visual and Performing Arts located in Redlands, California, USA.
Gutenberg College Gutenberg College in Eugene, Oregon, USA is an accredited, four-year liberal arts college with a curriculum based on the Great Books.
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, USA offers one of only two Great Books programs in California's 110 community colleges which serve 2,500,000 students.
St. John’s College St. John’s College is a private, liberal arts college with two U.S. campuses — one in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, and one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA — following a distinctive Great Books curriculum.
St. Mary’s College of California The Integral Program — part of the Saint Mary's College experience for over 50 years — uses questioning, conversation, and a classic liberal arts approach to engage students in a unique and profound educational experience.
St. Thomas University St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada offers a an interdisciplinary Great Books program focused on the study of classic works of literature, philosophy, and politics.
Texas Tech Institute for the Study of Western Civilization Texas Tech’s Institute for the Study of Western Civilization seeks to focus academic attention on the “big questions” about the nature, origins, and future of a civilization that has fundamentally transformed the world.
Thomas Aquinas College Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college in Santa Paula, California, USA offering a Great Books education.
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas The aim of the Thomas Jefferson Center is to realize Jefferson's vision of educating citizens and leaders to understand the meaning of liberty and to exercise it wisely by offering courses and programs at the University of Texas.
UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions The UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions promotes understanding and appreciation of the history and achievements of western civilization, with emphasis on the development and underpinnings of free institutions.
University of Notre Dame With roots in the Great Books movement begun at Columbia University in New York and at the University of Chicago, the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) offers a three-year prescribed sequence of seminars and tutorials anchored in the Western and Catholic traditions.
Zaytuna College Zaytuna is a private, Muslim four-year college that provides its students a foundation in the intellectual heritage of not one, but two major world civilizations: the Western and the Islamic.

Non-Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate Education Providers

Clemente Course in the Humanities The Clemente Course in the Humanities® is a unique educational institution founded in 1995 to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in economic distress.
Harrison Middleton University Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, USA, Harrison Middleton University is a great books, great ideas, great conversations, distance learning university that offers undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities.
Odyssey Project The Odyssey Project is a program of the Illinois Humanities Council that provides free college-level courses in the humanities for adults living on low incomes, creating a forum to read and discuss the central ideas of our society.

Adult Education Providers

Agora Foundation The Agora Foundation provides seminars and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet seeking to further their education without the commitments a return to school would involve.
Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, USA whose mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.
Center for the Study of the Great Ideas The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the work of Mortimer Adler in general and Adler’s notion that “philosophy is everybody’s business” in particular.
Classical Pursuits Classical Pursuits offers a variety of learning vacations for adults from all over North America to share their ideas about great works of literature, art, and music in a relaxed and informal setting.
Combat and Classics A program of St. John’s College, Combat and Classics offers free online Great Books seminars for active duty, reserve and veteran US military.
Great Books Foundation The Great Books Foundation is a non-profit educational organization devoted to reading and discussion programs, group leader training, book publishing, critical thinking for adults and children.
Great Discourses Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Great Discourses offers professionally designed and led discussion courses that help participants unlock the mysteries of Western and World classics — and of their own lives, both on line and on location.
Harrison Middleton University Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, USA, Harrison Middleton University is a great books, great ideas, great conversations, distance learning university that offers undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities.
Leisure Learning Leisure Learning offers online great books courses in which all reading is done in class, as well as classical language courses, educational tours, and private tutoring.
Literary Traveler Literary Traveler provides informative and inspiring travel writing as well as features a wide variety of literary tours and literary events in order to help readers find exciting and interesting places to visit.
London Literary Salon Headquartered in London, UK, London Literary Salon “draws on the Salon tradition of a regular meeting of a committed group of people for the exchange and exploration of ideas” expressed in great works of literature by offering facilitated salon studies in London and Paris.
St. John’s College Summer Classics Summer Classics at St. John's College offers seminar discussions on the very best art, thought and discovery from the Far East to the West.
Symposium Great Books Institute Symposium Great Books Institute provides quality lifetime liberal learning opportunities for adults of all walks of life, by supporting a community of learning dedicated to this end, and offers rigorous Socratic seminars based on primary texts.
University of Chicago Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults The University of Chicago Basic Liberal Arts Education Program for Adults — located in Chicago, Illinois, USA — grants working adults a liberal arts education equivalent to that of a four-year college.

Great Books Councils

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San Diego
San Diego Great Books Council
USA, California,

San Francisco
Great Books Council of San Francisco
USA, Colorado,

Boulder
Boulder Great Books Council
USA, Delaware

 
Great Books Council of Delaware
USA, Florida,

Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Great Books Council
USA, Illinois,

Chicago
Chicago Area Great Books Council
USA, New England

 
New England Creat Books Council
USA, New York,

Long Island
Long Island Great Books Council
USA, Pacific Northwest

 
Pacific Northwest Great Books Council
USA, Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Great Books Council
USA, Texas,

Houston
Houston Great Books Council

Peer Groups

Classics Club “The Classics Club hopes to unite readers who blog about classic literature and inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life!”
Great Books of the Western World A closed Facebook group that “exists to discuss the famous University of Chicago book series The Great Books of the Western World.”
Great Conversation Reading Group The Great Conversation is an online Yahoo! group dedicated to reading and discussing the great works of Western civilization.

Professional Development Providers

Great Books Foundation The Great Books Foundation offers a Great Books professional development services for primary and secondary school educators as well as Shared Inquiry training for adults.
Great Books Great Discussions Great Books Great Discussions offers discussion leader skill development courses.
Great Discourses Great Discourses offers professional development courses and training for Great Books educators (broadly understood to encompass college and university professors, K-12 teachers, adult educators, administrators, homeschooling parents and others with a serious interest in Great Books education).
National Paideia Center Paideia offers a range of resources for K-12 teachers and principals, including lesson plans, professional development and on-site faculty training.

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