Great Books Discussion Group
Beverly Hills Great Books Discussion Group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Beverly Hills Public Library. Join the group to "engage in a spirited analytical discourse on those classic works that have endured throughout the ages." This event is free and open to the public.
Four Rules of Shared Inquiry Discussion of the Great Books Organization
Participants unfamiliar with the selection are encouraged to read and prepare before participating. To allow them to participate before reading is to invite misunderstanding and ill-informed opinions. Consequently, discussion may be forced to slow down and cover facts rather than pursue ideas and interpretations.
2. Discussion is restricted to the selection everyone has read. When the selection remains the focus of discussion everyone can determine whether facts are accurately recalled or opinions adequately supported. Talking at length about personal experiences or other stories, books, or movies can prevent the group from making sense of the story at hand.
3. All opinions should be supported with evidence from the selection. Making sure Participants support their ideas with evidence ensures that they are thinking critically and independently. It promotes careful reading and a greater appreciation for literature.
4. Leaders may only ask questions, not answer them. When the leader makes statements or answers questions, he or she becomes the judge of what the text means. In Shared Inquiry we want Participants to judge for themselves what the text means