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Great Books Reading Groups will experiment with a hybrid model for some classes this spring!

All reading groups will meet in person at Flyleaf Books, and select classes will also offer a limited number of virtual seats over Zoom for those who prefer to participate from home.

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 Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm, 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. Groups are limited in size, 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.”  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 2023 Book Groups –

*All of the virtual seats are currently sold out. To be added to the wait list,send a request to

Mondays, January 30, February 6, and February 13  (IN-PERSON & LIMITED VIRTUAL)
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot **SOLD OUT**
Kimberly J. Stern, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesdays, February 21 & 28  (IN-PERSON ONLY)
Electra by Sophocles vs Electra by Euripides **SOLD OUT**
William H. Race, George L. Paddison Professor of Classics Emeritus

Wednesdays, March 8 & 15  (IN-PERSON & LIMITED VIRTUAL)
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
Gerald Postema, Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus

Wednesdays, March 22 & 29   (IN-PERSON ONLY)
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Petal Samuel, Assistant Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Tuesdays, April 4 & 11  (IN-PERSON & LIMITED VIRTUAL)
Between Past and Future (select essays) by Hannah Arendt
Gabriel Trop, Associate Professor of German

Wednesday, April 19  (IN-PERSON & LIMITED VIRTUAL)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
Sarah E. Boyd, Teaching Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature


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

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