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GBO Seminar Series for Adults 

Your Chance to Experience Great Books

6-Week Program - Once Per Week

Finally Open to GBSP Graduates, Parents, & Adults! 

New Sessions Starting in 2021!

It's time for our long-awaited seminar series exclusively for Great Books alumni now in college, parents, and adults.

Join us for shared inquiry sessions that provide the exciting, literary exploration we typically reserved for our young people. Remember your favorite college seminar? Return to the classroom to engage in lively thinking and discussion again. Treat yourself to an adventure in great art and literature led by our distinguished faculty.

2021 Sessions for Adults

GBO Seminar Series

 Join us for a six-week investigation into When Dreams Become Reality.  Explore how imagination and dreams help shape how we see the world and give voice to what we might try to do within it. Our shared inquiry methodology enables you to simply show up, read expertly-chosen selections of literature together, and learn deeply through Socratic-style discussion.

Led by Dr. Ilan Stavans and Noah Rosenblum, JD.  Read more about these longtime Great Books Academic Directors below.

GBO Seminar Series Quick Facts:

  • Wednesdays at 8:00pm Eastern - Starting Jan. 20, 2021
  • 6 Weeks of 70 Minute Classes
  • Tuition: $375

GBO Writer's Workshop

Everybody has a story. Everyday people telling their stories, modern memoir, is more important now that ever. With the loss of the art of letter writing, it is these stories that will connect us with each other and future generations. With the use of writing prompts and workshopping students will develop the skills necessary to plot out and create their own memoir.  

  • Thursdays at 8:00pm Eastern - Starting Jan. 21, 2021
  • 8 Weeks of 90 Minute Classes
  • Tuition: $650

GBO Classical Explorations

Brothers Karamozov: In this six-week course, students will read and discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel The Brothers Karamazov in its entirety. Class meetings will primarily be structured around close reading and discussion of the text, focusing on the novel's thematic and philosophical contents - in particular, Dostoevsky's treatment of love, guilt, faith, family, choice, and piety - as well as its narrative structure, its status as a translated text, and its serial publication history. Students will be expected to read an approximately 150-page section of the novel for each class meeting and prepare a minimum of two discussion questions.

Led by Academic Director Max Suechting, a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s Program in Modern Thought & Literature.

Classical Explorations Quick Facts:

  • Tuesdays at 8:00pm Eastern - Starting Jan. 12, 2021
  • 6 Weeks of 90 Minute Classes
  • Tuition: $525

If you have questions, email us at or call/text 203-612-9470. 

Great Books Online is excited to announce that two of our most distinguished professors are leading our new seminar series exclusively for parents, adults, and Great Books graduates who wish to return for inspiring discussions.

Dr. Ilan Stavans & Noah Rosenblum JD will kick off the next Seminar Series on January 20. 

Dr. Ilan Stavans

Dr. Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Cultures at Amherst College, host of NPR’s In Contrast, and publisher of Restless Books, devoted to world literature in translation. Celebrated by the The New York Times as one of the foremost authorities on Latino literature and culture, Dr. Stavans is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Guggenheim Fellowship. His work, translated into a dozen languages, has been adapted into stage and film.

Noah Rosenblum JD

Noah Rosenblum earned his JD from Yale Law School and is pursuing his Ph.D. in intellectual history at Columbia University. Noah is the recipient of a Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education, a Seigel Fellowship from the Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History, and is a former Yale Law School Legal History Fellow. He is a graduate of Harvard and Deep Springs College.

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