Welcome

Note: Please check your calendars and this web site regularly. We are striving to meet regularly on the second Friday of each month, but sometimes the date or location may change.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: (RE)DISCOVERING CLASSIC SHORT WORKS OF LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIAL THOUGHT, AND SCIENCE

Our purpose is to closely read and discuss short works that have made a significant impact on literary, political, scientific, or social thought. The two main criteria are that the work has to be a recognized “classic” and that it be no longer than ~200 pages (usually much shorter).
  • Think about joining your fellow readers for collective reflection, critique, rumination, and enjoyment in a small group setting. 
  • The facilitator will lead these 2-hour seminars following the principles of Shared Inquiry, a “Socratic” style question and discussion format.  
  • Please secure a copy of the text at least two, and preferably more, weeks prior to the meeting date. (When possible, PDF versions will be available on the appropriate tab on this website.)
  • Please RSVP at least two weeks in advance. 
  • You will receive a set of discussion questions one week prior to the seminar date. Please review the questions before attending the seminar.
  • Be sure to review the “Discussion Guidelines” tab.
  • Visit the tabs above for information on the selected texts (ISBN, page numbers, links to PDF versions, etc.). It is important that we all are able to reference the same versions of our texts.

UPCOMING TEXTS
Note: Locations and times may change.  You will be notified at least two weeks in advance.

  Location / Time   
 Date RSVP BY
 Marguerite Duras
  • The Lover
 Evanston Public Library
1:00 - 3:00
 Friday, October 12 Saturday, September 29
 Matsuo Basho
  • Oku No Hosomichi
    Narrow Road to the Deep North
 TBD Friday, November 9  Saturday, October 27
 Honoré de Balzac
  • The Girl with the Golden Eyes
TBD TBD TBD
 Herman Melville
  • Billy Budd
 TBD TBDTBD
 Anton Chekhov
  • "The Huntsman"
  • "Rothchild's Fiddle"
 TBD TBD TBD
 Lu Xun
  • "A Madman's Diary"
  • "In the Wine Shop"
 TBD TBD TBD