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Great Books Book Group

The Great Books group selects a collection of literature to discuss each year. Please join us!

This autumn you might consider joining in reading and discussing Great Conversations. That’s the title of the Great Books collection Great Conversations I, an anthology of 15 selections of literature from the ancient world to the 20th century. The initial meeting date is Sunday afternoon September 9th, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Portage District Library in a reserved meeting room. The agenda will be set and agreed upon at that meeting, but the group meets every two weeks on Sunday afternoons. The anthology includes The Epic of Gilgamesh, a play by Aeschylus, selections from de Montaigne, Pascal, Emerson, Whitman, de Tocqueville, Ibsen, Freud, Jung, Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Tillie Olsen, Alice Munro and Henri Poincare. Participants are asked to purchase the single volume anthology from Great Books Foundation for $24.95 (or, if able, to buy the same volume from some other source). The group will read and discuss selections as agreed upon, probably every other Sunday afternoon.

For more information, please contact Ken Fischer at the Portage District Library (269) 329-4552 ex. 730.
Location: Portage District Library
Contact Number: 269-329-4542, extension 730
Presenter & member of the group: Ken Fischer

Great Books Reading Group (Fall 2012) proposed schedule
Sundays at the Portage District Library from 2pm to 4:30pm

September 9, 2012 Initial meeting for organization and planning
September 23 The Epic of Gilgamesh
October 21 Prometheus bound by Aeschylus
November 4 Of friendship AND Of solitude by Michel de Montaigne
November 18 Pensees by Blaise Pascal
December 2 Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
December 16 Out of the cradle endlessly rocking by Walt Whitman
January 6, 2012 Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
January 20 An enemy of the people by Henrik Ibsen
February 17 The value of science by Henri Poincare
February 17 Thoughts for the times on war and death by Sigmund Freud
March 3 The secret sharer by Joseph Conrad
March 17 The theory of the leisure class by Thorstein Veblen
March 31 The stages of life, by Carl Jung
April 14 Tell me a riddle, by Tillie Olsen
April 28 Boys and girls, by Alice Munro
May 12 [reserved if previous changes were necessary] May discuss Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, by Frederick Douglass
May 26 [reserved as May 12] May discuss Seize the day, by Saul Bellow

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