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Great Books Online for Adults 

Discuss Literature. Connect with Readers & Thinkers. Live Classes! 

Have you ever wished you could share an evening with Shakepeare, dine with Dali, or talk with Toni Morrison?  Now is your chance to join the great conversations of world literature and art. 

Great Books Online offers adults the opportunity to explore timeless works and humanity’s biggest ideas through exciting, expertly led seminars. Small-groups cultivate intellectual community and build meaningful connections among peers. Join a friendly, supportive atmosphere of fun and discovery!

Classical Explorations: A Long Long Way

Begins September 28. Enroll Today!A Long Long Way novel cover

Live from Dublin! Dive into A Long Long Way by award-winning Irish author and playwright, Sebastian Barry.  Join renowned actors, playwrights, and educators Michael and Sam Ford as they lead weekly discussions and guide you through the text of this Irish novel as only true Dubliners can. 

Praised as a master storyteller by the Wall Street Journal and named Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018—2021, Barry is a can’t-miss, modern author. Described as “flawless, honest, humane, and moving,” A Long Long Way tells the story of young Willie Dunne, who leaves behind all he knows to fight for the Allied forces in WWI. 

Join us for this exciting literary adventure rich with history, intellectual inquiry, and fun!  

Program Details:

Your favorite literary tour guides are back!

We are excited to share that Sam and Michael Ford are returning to Great Books for this intellectually rousing discussion series live from Dublin. 

Michael Ford is an actor known for his roles in Becoming JaneMichael Collins, and Frank. He was artistic director of Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin from 1999 to 2005 and has worked on more than 50 RTE radio dramas. 

Sam Ford is a writer, performer, teacher, and tour guide with a passion for Dublin history. He is an Irish Literature Scholar and Enthusiast with a QQI Level 6 Special Award in Tour Guiding from Coláiste Dhúlaigh. 

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Enjoy Programs that Challenge and Enrich. Learn Alongside World-Class Faculty. 

All classes are led by our distinguished faculty of Academic Directors. These skilled professors and scholars hail from world-class institutions across the globe. Masters of Socratic pedagogy known as Shared Inquiry, they have been inspiring a love of literature in our students for nearly 20 years.

Join us for shared inquiry sessions that provide the exciting, literary exploration. Call/text us at 203-612-9470 to register today!

Stay in touch! New programs announced regularly!  

A Look at Prior Programs

We've got lots of exciting programs in the works for late fall and winter ahead.  We'll share more information as details are confirmed.  In the meantime, take a look at a select few of our programs from past seasons.  We've laughed along with Twain and toiled over the big questions of human existence with Karamozov. 

Our reading list is wide and full of treasures!  While the comprehensive list is too long to share. Here are some of our favorites:

Is Absalom, Absalom! the greatest American novel?  Faulkner thought it might be.  The Nobel Prize Committee weighed it along with The Sound and the Fury and awarded him the Prize for Literature.  The literary world came ablaze in the 1930s as Absalom, Absalom! and Gone with the Wind caught American imagination and awakened the world’s curiosity about the South. 

Dive into this great American classic with us!  Travel back in time to William Faulkner’s imaginary Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, before, during, and after the Civil War.  Unravel the tangled  memories of its residents to explore the South’s relationship to its own history.  Multiple narrators jumping through time add layers of richness to this fascinating tale of a quest for power and position.  Absalom, Absalom! is a powerful exploration of human passions, family, power, race, social hierarchy, and the South. 

Live from Dublin and led by a native Dubliner! Join us to read and discuss James Joyce's timeless work in this six week program. Explore the most famous and iconic stories of Dublin and meet the bars, theatres, and streets that make these stories come alive.  Students will be expected to read an approximately 30-page section of the novel for each class meeting and prepare a minimum of two discussion questions.

Join Great Books to explore Saul Bellow’s Pulitzer nominated novel, Henderson the Rain King.  The novel’s unlikely combination of comic adventure and metaphysical discussions underscores the often absurd journey of the larger-than-life protagonist Eugene Henderson.  Rich with vast, inherited wealth, Henderson yearns for more. How is it possible to have everything and nothing?  We’ll follow this imperfect hero, full of bravado and discontent, as he travels to Africa on a quest for meaning.  What does it mean to have purpose?  Let’s take a literary adventure together to discuss this and more.  Ranked 21 on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, this promises to be a strange, humorous, and rewarding journey.

Go to the Movies with Great Books: Laws and Outlaws

From lonesome cowboys to mafia dons, would-be Robin Hoods to thieves on the run, American cinema has since its inception been fascinated by those who live outside the law and those who chase them. Why do people become outlaws? Why might outlaws play such a strong role in our cultural imagination? And what could these outlaws reveal about our conception of the law itself? This six-week course will explore the relationship between the outlaw and the law through a survey of American cinema, grappling with how different genres and time periods imagine and reimagine this mythic figure. Each week will feature an assigned film and an additional suggested film for optional viewing.

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Everything is better when shared. Please spread the word to your friends, colleagues, and fellow booklovers, and register today


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