Who We Are

The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value. Since 1947, the Foundation has helped people throughout the United States and other countries conduct discussion groups in schools, libraries, community centers, and other venues.

  • We improve reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  • We train thousands of discussion leaders each year.
  • We publish a wide range of literature anthologies that are catalysts for Shared Inquiry discussion.


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