The regional institutes are held in Lichfield, Connecticut, the Poconos in Pennsylvania, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and in New York City and Commack, Long Island.

Long Island Council

The Long Island Great Books Council (LIGBC) fosters discussions of great literature on Long Island, New York. LIGBC sponsors an annual one-day Spring Discussion that draws people from Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, New England, Delaware, and Pennsylvania for a full day of discussions. For more ...

New England Council

New England Great Books Council
The NEGB Council is associated with the Great Books Spring Retreat
Please contact Alexis DesRoches for further information.

Great Books at Colby Council

Great Books at Colby is our annual week of lively discussion at Colby College. We are a community of people who enjoy reading and discussing good books.

Colby offers an opportunity to collaborate in discovering insights rarely achieved just reading alone. Located on a beautiful campus, the college has a great library, the admission free Colby Museum of Art, a bookstore, tennis courts and first-class athletic facilities with a swimming pool, as well as waterfront property at a nearby lake open to Great Books participants. It offers an inexpensive but classy vacation where readers who love to think and talk about the world's great literary works can derive pleasure from spending time with others who share that enthusiasm.
For two hours each day, readers discuss their understanding of thought-provoking classics through the Great Books Foundation's Shared Inquiry Method.

Join us in examining how these great writers view this process.

Registration covers books and discussions, as well as lectures, films, group social activities, use of the athletic facilities and tennis courts, and a real Maine lobster bake. On campus registration includes a single or double dormitory room (six nights: Sunday through Friday) and all meals. You can stay over Saturday night either before the week or after the week for an additional charge. Either night allows you to attend the Atlantic Music Festival's outstanding free classical music concert.

We also offer a Children's Program for ages three and above. See the full description of Great Books at Colby: Kids Camp.
Commuters participate in all activities, but live on their own, off-campus, and receive lunch each day and the Friday night lobster bake.

Philadelphia Council

Philadelphia Great Books Council The Philadelphia Great Books Council supports Great Books discussion groups throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. What makes Great Books different from other book discussion groups? We actually discuss the book! Using the Shared Inquiry method, we explore the readings to gain better understanding of the text, the world and ourselves. Looking to join a Great Books Discussion group near you? Send an email to: John Dalton for more information. Additional information on Philadelphia Great Books can be found at our website.

For other regions, please visit Great Books Foundation Book Groups and Councils.