Great Books Chicago 2017: Her Own Accord

Gary Schoepfel, a longtime discussion leader at Classical Pursuits and program director at the Great Books Foundation, invites you to the foundations annual event, Great Books Chicago. This years theme Her Own Accord: Who we are and who we desire to be explores works by and about American women writers. We at Classical Pursuits love attending this event for the great discussions and terrific company.

Cold winter days stir up a longing for spring. Chicago looks her best at this time of year, and Great Books Chicago is a perfect enticement to visit the Windy City.


Chicago Skyline by Bert Kaufmann


I just completed programing Great Books Chicago 2017, and I’m especially excited about our visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ve been able to entice the artist Sean Forester to fly in from San Francisco to present a talk and slide show on women as portrayed in the visual arts and as artists themselves. Georgia O’Keefe, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper are a few of the artists we will visit at the Art institute who will be included in Sean’s program.


In addition to Sean’s presentation, Great Books Chicago 2017, Her Own Accord, will include:
• Three Shared Inquiry discussions of the Foundation’s new anthology, Her Own Accord, and Willa Cather’s masterpiece, My Ántonia
• Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of Shakespeare in Love at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6
• A cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception at Pinstripes on the Chicago River
• Free time to explore Chicago
Online registration is open. The fee is $400. It includes books, the reception, and theater and Art Institute tickets. Registration is limited to 60, so we encourage you to register promptly. You can also register by phone at 1-800-222-5870.

Bertolt Brecht claimed, “Nothing needs less justification than pleasure.” Why not treat yourself to a weekend of reading, discussion, theater, art, good food and drink, all in the company of thoughtful folks from across the U.S. and Canada? You deserve it!

– Gary


Cant make it to Chicago? Gary is also leading a Toronto Pursuits seminar, Benefit of the Doubt: Shakespeare, Miller, Stoppard, Mamet.



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