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Great Books, Great Conversations

Wednesday, January 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Members and guests – Free!

This ongoing Village discussion group meets online the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a selection of short readings from an anthology published by The Great Books Foundation. Although the group has been meeting for years, they are very welcoming to new members! 

Beginning in December of 2023, the group will be reading from the anthology Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions. These short, engaging readings illustrate the best and worst of what can happen when we attempt to mold the complex communities in which we live into our vision of a perfect state. All 23 selections in this anthology challenge readers to question how society should be structured and governed, as well as what kinds of communities are most conducive to human fulfillment, both privately and in the civic arena. The readings are sure to spark conversations that are relevant to current events in our city, nation and world.

For January, the group will be reading: 
Iliad by Homer 
Achilles Shield by W.H. Auden


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Wednesday, January 3
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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