Great Books Discussion Group

Contact Name:
Leslie Wiedder
Contact Phone:
(630) 894-9121
Contact Email:
Conference Room
First Thursday of every month; Sept. through June
7:30-8:45 p.m.

Come for a lively discussion of great works! We discuss a variety of relatively short pieces including short stories, plays, poems, essays, and philosophy. Currently our group uses the Great Books Foundation anthology entitled Great Conversations 2, editors, Daniel Born and Donald H. Whitfield, which can be obtained from libraries (OCLC # 61131861) or purchased from the Great Books Foundation website. Individual works from the anthology can also be found in libraries or online. Join us for all or any individual works that you find of interest.

Upcoming Discussions
September 6 - “The Story of Samson” Judges 13-16 Bible
October 4 - John Donne poems: “The Flea,” “The Relic,” “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” “A Valediction: of Weeping,” “Divine Meditation XIII: What if this present were the world’s last night?”
November 1 - Meditation One and Meditation Two by René Descartes
December 6 - “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogal

January 3 - “The Grand Inquisitor” (from The Brothers Karamazov) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
February 7 - “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
March 7 - “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” by Herman Melville
April 4 - “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti
May 2 - “Physics and World Philosophy” by Max Planck
June 6 - The Playboy of the Western World by John M. Synge