Great Books Foundation Discussions and Shared Inquiry
Great Books discussion groups are forums for adults to discuss significant writings. We come from a variety of backgrounds to discuss important ideas and issues that have shaped civilization. Our discussions are lively, probing and enlightening. We challenge our own and others’ opinions in light of the text we are all reading. The object is not one “right answer” but rather to examine questions raised in the readings, with reasoning informed by our diverse experiences.
We use the “Shared Inquiry” method, a collaborative, question-driven method of learning that helps us read actively, pose evocative questions, and listen and respond effectively. We examine the words and the possible ways to interpret the ideas and issues. To this end, we follow these guidelines:
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In 2013, we will use the Modern American Poetry anthology from the Great Books Foundation. It may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. As we will be using the book for an extended period, the due date of the book is December 10, 2013.
The poems are arranged in chronological order according to the aurhors' year of birth. We will read and study two poets each month. Read all the poems for each assigned author. We will focus on the 1st poem from each author for analysis and discussion and the general questions on p. 9 to begin to approach the poems.
In 2014 our topic is: Vital Ideas: Work—sometimes almost a religious calling, other times a necessary evil that saps our energy and drains our souls. Through fiction, poetry, and essays, this volume explores the meaning of an activity that dominates so much of our waking lives. This compact, topical anthology will generate exciting and rewarding discussions for college courses in reading and composition, as well as book groups of all kinds. Questions for discussion and for further reflection accompany each selection.
Socrates wrote that the unexamined life is not worth living. In these reading-discussions, we will examine many lives.
Second Tuesday: 7:00-8:20 PM,
Third Floor Meeting Room
Emily Dickinson - Cancelled due to snow!
Edgar Lee Masters
T. S. Eliot
I Stand Here Ironing - Tillie Olsen
What Work Is - Philip Levine
Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
Betting on Men - Joan Frank
SantaLand Diaries - David Sedaris
The Entrepreneur - Po Bronson
Papi - Edwidge Danticat
Career Counseling - Alain de Botton
Publishing and Other Near-Death Experiences - Meghan Daum
The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville [copy will be provided]
The Science of Flight – Yiyun Li [copy will be provided]