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spring Message from Sara Cohen, President

Spring has sprung and Great Books Tampa Bay is definitely having a growth spurt.  Having completed our 12th winter conference, we are now in the process of forming new reading groups at the Jimmy Keel Library in North Tampa, the Carrollwood area, and another at the Dunedin Public Library.  Keep checking our website for the  upcoming dates, times and reading lists for these new groups.

We believe that reading and discussion of great literature and great art is extremely important in these times of political and cultural change.  It fosters a shared humanity and gives us the opportunity to understand and engage with a world of different ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. As Joseph Coulson, president of the Great Books Foundation expressed,

” Reading what other thinkers have to say expresses the democratic impulse…..reading empowers people …to think not only for themselves, but also for the common good.”

Please join one of our fabulous reading groups and engage your mind in inspiring, thought provoking  literature.



The Winter Great Books reading series that runs for eight weeks have been announced.  Both series start in February 2017 and conclude at the end of March 2017.  There is also a Modern American Poetry course being offered starting in April! Registration Began November 28, 2016.  Click here to view the reading list for each series and registration instructions.

Family Matters

The June 16, 2017 Tampa Bay Great Books Council’s Drama Retreat will  examine family interactions and confrontations through the recent Tony Award-winning play “The Humans,” by Steven Karam, and the classic “Three Sisters,” by Anton Chekhov.  Click here for more information.


Are you interested in learning more about the “Shared Inquiry” method?  Are you curious what it takes to be a  Great Books Moderator?  Contact Great Books Council Member Barbara Brown at to begin the dialogue.







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