Great Books discussion 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 www.usfseniors.org.
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 2017 Fall session – October 6th through December 1:
- Great Books Roundtable: Classic to Modern, Friday mornings, 9:30 – 1130
- Great Books Roundtable: Rereading the Western Canon of Classics in Literature and Philosophy, Friday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30
GREAT BOOKS ROUNDTABLE:
COURSE TITLE: GREAT BOOKS ROUNDTABLE: CLASSIC TO MODERN
Course Number: 181XOSLHA3321
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 personal experience and modern culture. Read works by Chaucer, Tolstoy, Pirandello, Simone de Beauvoir, Jumpha Lahiri and others.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Chittim
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COURSE TITLE: Great Books Roundtable: Rereading the Western Canon of Classics in Literature and Philosophy
Course Number: 181XOSLHA0221
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join discussions based on a Great Books anthology and enjoy the “shared inquiry” method. Interpret ideas and meanings of the texts in response to questions posed by the moderator. Assess the relevance of these ideas in terms of your personal experience and modern culture. Interact with fellow group members by raising additional questions. We’ll discuss works by Plato, Aristotle, Dostoevsky, Thomas Hobbes and Herman Melville among others. Required text: Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, Series Two ($33.95)
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Patrick DeMarco
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GUIDELINES FOR SHARED INQUIRY IN GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSIONS
- 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.