The Great Books Foundation

  • Illinois


233 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 420
United States

About Us

The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults. Through Shared Inquiry™ discussions of enduring literature, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.

What We Do

  • For nearly 70 years the Great Books Foundation has fostered respectful, open discussion that promotes civil discourse, civic engagement, and social justice.We inspire students to explore essential ideas in literature, past and present, worth talking about. We teach students how to think critically, igniting a passion for ideas that establishes a foundation for learning and growth.
  • We provide instruction for teachers, parents, and volunteers in Great Books Shared Inquiry™, a method of learning that promotes close reading, careful questioning, active listening, and the respectful exchange of ideas.
  • We build communities of lifelong learners who, through discussions of contemporary and perennial issues, become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens.
  • We sponsor outreach programs, forging partnerships with educational and community organizations to advance reading and discussion as a way to explore shared concerns and common ground.