Great Books discussion Courses

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for new OLLI Great Books Discussion course announcement soon.

Previous courses….

Tampa Bay Great Books invites you to join us at our next Great Books Discussion courses. Courses are offered through USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-USF).  OLLI-USF registration is now open! To register, call (813) 974-2403, prompt #1, or you may register online by clicking on this handy link or go to

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF

Membership and registration is required, and enrollment is limited. Class descriptions appear below.

Additional book discussions are held around the Tampa Bay area. Please see the listing of other area book discussions and related events for more information.


Two Great Book courses are being offered through OLLI-USF during the 2018 Winter session – February 2nd through March 23:

COURSE TITLE:  Great Books Roundtable: Classic to Contemporary

Course Number: 182XOSLHA3511

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join lively discussions of literary and philosophical texts using the “shared inquiry” method. Interpret meanings and ideas as part of a moderator-led group and assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your personal experience and modern culture. Readings include works ranging from Seneca, Bacon and Locke to Twain, Thomas Mann, Jane Addams and Deborah Eisenberg. Text: Great Conversations 6 ($24.95 plus shipping).

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COURSE TITLE:    Great Books Roundtable: Rereading the Western Canon of Classics in Literature and Philosophy

Course Number:  182XOSLHA3521

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Discuss literary and philosophical texts using the shared inquiry” approach. Interpret ideas and meanings in response to questions posed by the moderator. Assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your experience and modern culture. Interact with fellow group members by raising additional questions. We’ll discuss works by Shakespeare, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Locke and Kate Chopin among others. You may participate even if you did not attend Part I. Required text: Great Books Reading and Discussion program, Series Two ($33.95).

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  • Read the text in its entirety. Only those who have done this should participate  in the discussion.
  • Listen carefully to the ideas and opinions of others. Feel free to respond to their comments or to ask questions of them, but always in a spirit of “shared inquiry.”  Participants should not be trying to score debating points.
  • Focus on the text as the primary avenue of discussion. It is acceptable to refer to outside sources or quotes, as long as they bear directly on the text or discussion at hand.  Extended digressions or personal anecdotes are discouraged.
  • Interact with other participants in a civil way at all times. Vigorous discussion and debate are encouraged, but always in an atmosphere that recognizes the worth and dignity of other participants.  Comments such as “I know I’m right” and “It’s obvious that you don’t know what you’re talking about” are not helpful or welcome.
  • Bring your own questions to the discussion table. While the study group moderator opens the discussion with a “focus” question and later follow-up questions, participants are strongly encouraged to be questioners as well.

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