Our Company

Our Company

Great Discourses is a privately-held social enterprise founded by Adam Rose, a veteran Great Books educator and entrepreneur, and run with other professionals committed to reducing the geographic and cost barriers to high-quality lifelong liberal education opportunities by combining innovative technologies with time-tested teaching methodologies.

Better Living Through Better Thinking

All of us at Great Discourses are dedicated to the proposition that “better thinking” is a necessary element of “better living,” and therefore that everyone needs — and deserves — access to appealing, lifelong liberal education activities specifically designed to help them flourish as human beings living personal, professional and civic lives of the highest possible quality. We are pleased and excited to be able support such lifelong liberal learning lifestyles both through our own courses and the community they support, and through our work with, and support for, like-minded organizations and individuals.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Great Discourses actively seeks to partner with like-minded organizations and individuals for our joint benefit, as well as to promote the causes of lifelong liberal education in general and the Great Books education in particular. We invite interested parties to contact us to explore the possibilities.

A Learning Organization

In addition to being an educational organization devoted to helping others learn and grow, Great Discourses is also a “learning organization” devoted to its own continuous improvment. In other words, we strive to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk” in an ongoing effort to better serve our community — as well as simply to be the best we can be. We welcome comments, suggestions and constructive criticisms about our work.

Ideas in Action LLC

Great Discourses is a division of Ideas in Action LLC, an Illinois limited liability company founded in 2002 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA — “The Great Books Capital of the World.”


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Leo Tolstoy
19th Century, Russia
“To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.”

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