Online Seminars, Presentations and Book Discussions

Online seminars

Our high-quality seminars are everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form. Online or in person, we invite you to be part of a convivial community that gathers to read, watch, listen to and discuss compelling literature, art, music and film. Study works that move, provoke, unsettle and inspire. Wrestle with questions and ideas that matter.

The only prerequisites are to read before you arrive and come with an open mind. Click here for more tips on preparing for seminar discussion.

Check back frequently for new seminar listings. See individual seminars for dates and prices.

The Stranger and The Meursault Investigation
December 2
The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World
December 5
Homer's Odyssey
January 5
The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
January 9
Middlemarch by George Eliot
January 18
The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
January 21
The Existentialists
January 24
The Seriously Funny François Rabelais
January 27
Waiting for Godot and Endgame
February 4
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
February 18
Bold, Brilliant Broads: The Playwrights
February 20
Edith Wharton's New York Novels
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Too Real for Reality
Ongoing Series


Online Presentations: Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern | Free!

Explore a range of topics with our free webinar presentations, from the gardens and painting of Monet to Gold Rush San Francisco to urban planning. Even if you can’t attend, register to receive the recording.


Writing a Fragmented Nation: Early Quebecois Literature
December 3
Revolution and Identity: 20th-Century Literature in Quebec
January 2021



Friday Flash Fiction | Fridays at 5 p.m Eastern | Free!

Join Classical Pursuits director Melanie Blake for a one-hour discussion of a classic or contemporary short story, with a selection that changes weekly. Explore a range of authors and genres. All stories will be freely accessible online. Bring your favourite drink and enjoy chatting with other readers.

How to join Friday Flash Fiction: Email Melanie to RSVP if you do not already have the recurring Zoom link. Please keep the Zoom link handy.

See previous weeks’ readings on our archives page.

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