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Symposium Great Books Institute | Life is short. Why read a good book when you can read a great one?
  • Food for thought, a feast for the soul...

  • ...a celebration of the spirit.

What’s the rush? Slow down, stretch out…

…and let the greatest learning adventure of your life begin!

“Symposium is different. It is not a book club where you read the latest best seller, sip wine, gossip, and do everything but talk about the book.  And it’s not an academic seminar either – where a rumpled professor in an ill-fitting corduroy blazer lectures on why a great book is sacrosanct.  Instead, Symposium gives you – the average reader – an opportunity to tussle, engage, and struggle with understanding, the big ideas of life.  Symposium participants, while being expected to read the book, are not expected to have any advance knowledge about a text or to even have any idea who the author is.  Many times, I have fundamentally misunderstood a text or read a passage incorrectly, but during (and after) the discussions, I have come away with a better understanding of the text through the thoughtful comments of others.  Symposium will force you to engage authors and to tackle ideas that are so easily glanced over.”

—Jason Erlich, San Francisco, CA


The Education Quartet, Close-Reading
iSymposium: A Serious Reader's Pathway Through Four Western Classics - Plato's Republic, Dante's Divine Comedy, Rousseau's Emile and Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. (Currently Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Join us!) 
A Well-Wishing Adventure: The Complete Sonnets by Shakespeare
iSymposium: A lunchtime close-reading discussion series on Shakespeare's Sonnets
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