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Study the Great Books with fellow classical educators on ClassicalU this summer.

Free to all subscribers!

Gather with a small group around works by Homer, Aristotle, Plato, and more, and participate in live, online conversations facilitated by graduates and students of the master’s program at St. John’s College. Enjoy thoughtful discussions that will deepen your understanding of these classics.

These reading groups will fill quickly—sign up today!

(See below for more details and to learn more about the master’s program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.)

July 8: Book 1

July 15: Book 3
July 22: Book 4
July 29: Books 7.8–8

Aristotle’s Politics

with Jeremy Sheeler

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

July 8: Preface

July 15: Book 1 (portion)
July 22: Book 1 (portion)
July 29: New Atlantis

Bacon’s New Organon and New Atlantis

with Jeremy Sheeler

8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. ET

July 9: Lycurgus

July 16: Romulus
July 23: Solon
July 30: Alcibiades
August 6: Alexander
August 13: Caesar

Plutarch’s Lives

with Toni Lambert

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 10: Prologue & Parados

July 17: Scene 1, Ode 1
July 24: Scene 2, Ode 2
July 31: Scene 3, Ode 3
August 7: Scene 4, Ode 4
August 14: Exodos

Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex

with Jordi Rozenman

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 10: Start–79e

July 17: 80a–81e
July 24: 82a–86c
July 31: 86d–95a
August 7: 95b–end

Plato’s Meno

with Toni Lambert

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 11: Books 1–4

July 19: Books 5–8
July 25: Books 9–12
August 1: Books 13–16
August 8: Books 17–20
August 15: Books 21–24

Homer’s Odyssey

with Jordi Rozenman

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 15: Books 1–2

July 22: Books 3–5
July 29: Books 6–8
August 5: Books 9–10

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

with Patrick Burley

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 16: Books 1–3

July 23: Books 4–6
July 30: Books 8–10
August 6: Books 11–12

Augustine’s Confessions

with Patrick Burley

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 16: Notice & 2.1.1–7

July 23: 2.1.8–12
July 30: 2.1.13–19
August 6: 2.2.1–7
August 13: 2.2.8–16
August 20: 2.2.17–20 & 2.3.19–20

Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

with Nicole Corbo

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

July 17: Book 1

July 24: Books 2–3
July 31: Books 4–5
August 7: Books 6–7
August 14: Books 8–9
August 21: Books 10–11
August 28: Books 12–13

Aristotle’s Metaphysics (trans. Joe Sachs)

with Nicole Corbo

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Additional Details

  • Free and limited to subscribers on ClassicalU.com (subscription pricing here)
  • Closed at 18 participants per book (with 4 sign-ups required by July 5 to open any discussion)
  • 4 to 6 sessions during the summer (4 to 12 sessions planned during the upcoming fall and spring semesters)
  • Live video-conferencing sessions via Zoom
  • All group members are asked to participate in every discussion session.
  • Published edition of the text determined by the discussion leader
  • More specific reading assignment details available from discussion leaders upon sign-up
  • Discussion leaders may choose to read excerpts of larger works as well as assign entire works that are short enough to cover and discuss.
  • In case of emergencies, discussion leaders will coordinate the rescheduling of any missed sessions with as many participants as feasible.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program at the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College (Maryland and New Mexico) provides a comprehensive, 4-semester, postgraduate education in Great Books (which may be completed in 4 summers). Whether you are right out of college, concluding a successful career, or somewhere in the middle, this program welcomes sustained engagement, reflection, and interaction through rigorous seminar discussion. A 2-summer, fully accredited Liberal Arts Education Certificate is also available. See the reading lists and FAQs for more information.

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