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Great Books Reading Group discussions will continue to be held in person and online this fall!

Most classes will meet in person at Flyleaf Books, but we will also offer two virtual classes over Zoom this fall 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. Seats are limited to 16 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.”  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).

Fall 2022 Book Groups

Tuesdays, September 6 & 13  (IN-PERSON)
Walden by Henry David Thoreau – **SOLD OUT**
Philip F. Gura, William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Wednesdays, September 21 & 28  (IN-PERSON)
The Oresteia by Aeschylus – **SOLD OUT**
Al Duncan, Assistant Professor of Classics

Tuesdays, October 4 & 11  (IN-PERSON)
Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar
Maximilian Owre, Carolina Public Humanities

Wednesday, October 19  (VIRTUAL)
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Joseph Fletcher, Teaching Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesdays, October 25 & November 1  (VIRTUAL)
The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan
Eliza Rose, Assistant Professor & Laszlo Birinyi Sr Fellow in Central European Studies

Mondays, November 7 & 14  (IN-PERSON)
The Lais of Marie de France
H. M. Cushman, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesdays, November 29 & December 6  (IN-PERSON)
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

Tanya Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies


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.