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Great Books Reading Group discussions will be held online this spring & summer!

We may be physically separated from each other for the time being, but we can still connect with great minds from the past and share ideas with one another during these challenging times.


2015-03-03 12.02.18Join UNC faculty leaders for a robust discussion of classic texts, ancient to modern. Reading groups will meet on successive Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm over Zoom chat, and each participant will receive a copy of the book before the first session. Due to the nature of the reading groups, refunds cannot be offered. Seats are limited to 14 participants, so sign up early to reserve your seat!


To enroll in one or more of the Great Books Reading Groups visit our registration page and click the “register” button for “Great Books Reading Groups–Tuesday Mornings.”  From there, you can select the book group(s) of your choice. You can also register over the phone by calling us at 919-962-1544. We will send you a copy of the book and a reading preparation guide approximately three to four weeks before the first meeting (or as soon as you register if less than three weeks before).

Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Book Groups

Wednesdays, February 3 & 10
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Kimberly J. Stern, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesday, February 16
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare **SOLD OUT**
Ray Dooley, Professor of Dramatic Art and Actor, PlayMakers Repertory Company

Tuesdays, February 23 & March 2
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
Marc Cohen, Teaching Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesday, March 9
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
Chloe M. Hill, Teaching Assistant Professor of Portuguese

Tuesdays, March 23 & 30
The Nature of Things by Lucretius **SOLD OUT**
James J. O’Hara, George L. Paddison Professor of Classics

Wednesdays, April 7 & 14
The Judgment” and “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka **SOLD OUT**

Gabriel Trop, Associate Professor of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature

Wednesdays, April 21 & 28
Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth  **SOLD OUT**

Lloyd Kramer, Director, Carolina Public Humanities and Professor of History

Summer 2021 VIRTUAL Book Groups

Tuesdays, May 18 & 25
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesdays, June 1 & 8
English Romantic Poetry: Blake and Wordsworth **SOLD OUT**
Hilary Edwards Lithgow, Teaching Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesdays, June 15 & 22
Persuasion by Jane Austen **SOLD OUT**
Rachel Gurvich, Clinical Associate Professor of Law


If an event is marked **SOLD OUT** – email with your First & Last name, and phone number to be added to the waitlist.

Books provided by Flyleaf Books

Instructions for using Zoom chat can be found here, or give us a call and let us walk you through the process.