Russell Literary Groups - Russell Readers

Great Books Foundation Discussions and Shared Inquiry
Great Books discussion groups are forums for adults to discuss significant writings. We come from a variety of backgrounds to discuss important ideas and issues that have shaped civilization. Our discussions are lively, probing and enlightening. We challenge our own and others’ opinions in light of the text we are all reading. The object is not one “right answer” but rather to examine questions raised in the readings, with reasoning informed by our diverse experiences.

We use the “Shared Inquiry” method, a collaborative, question-driven method of learning that helps us read actively, pose evocative questions, and listen and respond effectively. We examine the words and the possible ways to interpret the ideas and issues. To this end, we follow these guidelines:

  • We read the selection before coming to the discussion.
  • We support our opinions by focusing on ideas from the reading.
  • We explore the ideas in the selection before going beyond them.
  • We listen to the opinions of others and respond directly to them.
  • We ask each discussion leader to begin the questions.

Join us! Call 347-0196 or email ameyers@russell.lioninc.org

In 2014 our topic is: Vital Ideas: Work—sometimes almost a religious calling, other times a necessary evil that saps our energy and drains our souls. Through fiction, poetry, and essays, this volume explores the meaning of an activity that dominates so much of our waking lives. This compact, topical anthology will generate exciting and rewarding discussions for college courses in reading and composition, as well as book groups of all kinds. Questions for discussion and for further reflection accompany each selection.

Socrates wrote that the unexamined life is not worth living. In these reading-discussions, we will examine many lives.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:20 PM,
Third Floor Meeting Room

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January 14
I Stand Here Ironing - Tillie Olsen

February 11
What Work Is - Philip Levine

March 11
Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich

April 8
Betting on Men - Joan Frank

May 13
SantaLand Diaries - David Sedaris

June 10
The Entrepreneur - Po Bronson

July 8
Papi - Edwidge Danticat

August 12
Career Counseling - Alain de Botton

September 9
Publishing and Other Near-Death Experiences - Meghan Daum

October 14
The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai

November 11
Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville [copy will be provided]

December 9
The Science of Flight – Yiyun Li [copy will be provided]

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