Our Partners & Affiliations

Our Partners & Affiliations

Great Discourses actively collaborates with a number of like-minded organizations to promote lifelong liberal education in general and Great Books education in particular. We also support the work of a wide variety of other organizations pursuing similar goals.

Alliance for Liberal Learning

The Alliance for Liberal Learning (ALL) 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. Great Discourses is a founding member of the ALL network.

Classical Pursuits

Toronto, Canada-based Classical Pursuits (CP) 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. Great Discourses partners with Classical Pursuits to offer online discussion courses that prepare travelers for their learning vacations and allow learning to continue after the trip is over.

Great Books Council of San Francisco

An affiliate of the Great Books Foundation of Chicago and a Great Discourses partner, the Great Books Council of San Francisco coordinates over 40 book groups, publishes a newsletter, provides leader training, helps start new book groups, and sponsors high-quality literary events throughout Northern California.

Great Books Great Discussions

Great Books Great Discussions (GBGD) is non-profit organization promoting the reading and discussion of Great Books around the world. Great Discourses is a founding supporter of GBGD.

Harrison Middleton University

Harrison Middleton University (HMU) is a great books, great ideas, great conversations, distance learning university that offers undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Great Discourses partners with Harrison Middleton to offer HMU Continuing Education Units (CEU) for completion of most Great Discourses discussion courses.

Monterey Peninsula College Great Books Program

The only Great Books program among California’s 113 community colleges, the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Great Books Program offers online courses designed to equip students with the concepts, terminology, and vocabulary that will allow them to participate in what Robert Maynard Hutchins called “The Great Conversation.” Recipients of the program’s Great Books Scholar certificate are encouraged to continue their Great Books education with Great Discourses.

Northwest Great Books

Northwest Great Books is a non-profit organization that sponsors and supports Great Books discussion groups and events in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Canada in order to help people enrich their lives through explorations of great ideas found in literature.

Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life (PEL) is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode focuses on a particular philosophy text and consists of a serious-but-light-hearted discussion that can be (mostly) followed and (hopefully) enjoyed by a wide range of listeners, whether or not they have read the text themselves. Great Discourses partners with PEL to offer online discussion courses that pick up where selected podcasts leave off.

Shimer College

Shimer College is an intentionally small and exceptionally student-centered liberal arts college in the Chicago, Illinois area where students from a wide variety of backgrounds study the Great Books and fundamental questions that have shaped civilization in highly interactive discussion-based classes. Great Discourses is Shimer’s lifelong liberal learning partner, offering Shimer alumni opportunities to continue the great conversation after leaving Shimer.

 

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W.E.B. DuBois

Sociologist and Activist

20th Century, United States
“I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm and arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls. From out of the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed Earth and the tracery of stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension. So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the veil.”
Yoshida Kenkō

Author and Monk

14th Century, Japan
“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare.”