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@Oxford. Amherst. Stanford. Dublin.

The Great Books Summer Program is the result of collaboration between David Ward, President of Early Advantage Learning, Professor Ilan Stavans of Amherst College and Dr. Peter Temes, former President of the Great Books Foundation.

The mission of the Great Books Foundation is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages through Shared Inquiryâ„¢ discussions of works and ideas of enduring value.

We are an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults. We believe that literacy and critical thinking help form reflective, knowledgeable citizens equipped to participate constructively in a democratic society.

For more than 70 years, the Great Books Foundation has published anthologies of outstanding texts and taught the Shared Inquiry method of learning to teachers and volunteers. We seek to:

  • Inspire students to explore essential ideas and learn to read and think critically
  • Equip teachers to lead engaging, inquiry-focused explorations of challenging texts
  • Build communities of lifelong learners & engaged citizens
  • Expand access to inquiry-based learning through partnerships & outreach programs


The Foundation recently launched Inquiry In Action, a leadership program for professionals and young adults. Rooted in our Shared Inquiry methodology, Inquiry In Action gives a distinct role to those with various leadership responsibilities. Within our framework, leaders ask questions and explore issues with an open mind. Topics may include negotiating organizational or personnel changes, mission creation, building internal capacity and advocacy, entrepreneurship and growth, and creating empathy and perspective across departments.

Because no organization is exactly alike, Inquiry In Action uses an approach that is tailored to support the needs of your organization wherever deep, critical analysis is required

Learn More about Great Books classroom programs and Inquiry In Action!


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