Welcome to Great Discourses

Dear Classics Enthusiast:

Great Discourses offers intellectually curious adults from all walks of life compelling and convenient opportunities for personal enrichment by connecting great people with great books, great ideas and each other in ways that help participants unlock the mysteries of Western and World classics, and of their own lives — and often lead to great friendships among folks who otherwise would not have met.

Great Books, Great People, Great Fun

We do this by combining time-tested texts, teachers and methodologies with cutting-edge technologies to deliver a wide range of professionally designed and led discussion courses of exceptional quality, both online and on location. These courses in turn foster an ongoing, global online community of like-minded lifelong learners.

Transforming the Challenging

Both the courses and the community facilitate collaborative close readings of classics that help participants transform the challenging into the exhilarating and elevating through “Aha!” moments of profound discovery — while at the same time sharpening their critical thinking, critical empathy and collaboration skills; maintaining their general mental fitness; and forming new friendships. All while having lots of fun.

For Everyone

Our discussion courses for adults (and mature teens with parental consent) do not require specialized prior knowledge or experience, but typically do require a modest amount of reading homework in preparation for each live class session. There are no papers, no tests and no grades, and all readings and discussions are in English. Most courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU) as well as “early bird” reduced tuition, tuition discounts and tuition waivers for qualified students. And all courses are covered by our money back satisfaction guarantee.

Master Challenging Classics Yourself, Together

We invite you to explore our website, our courses and our community and then to try a free online introductory class and participate in an upcoming online discussion course. You can also join our newsletter to get advance announcements about limited-enrollment courses, classes and events — plus exclusive money-saving offers — delivered directly to your inbox. We think you’ll find Great Discourses to be a great enhancement to your life; and that your contributions to our discussions will be a great enhancement to ours. Please contact us if you have questions or want additional information. We look forward to meeting you.

Yours Sincerely,

Adam Rose
President and Education Director


Next, Learn More About:
Virginia Woolf
20th Century, England
“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, ‘Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.’”