Great Books Discussion Group at Roden Branch

Are you interested in developing your knowledge of the great books in Western literature? Check out our Great Books Discussion at Roden Branch to explore excellent writing.

Our group meets every other Thursday from September to June. Each year's book selections fit a different theme. This year our theme is The Outsider. In this group, we consider good prose more important than plot, characterization, or any sort of political or social agenda.

Since 1968, Roden Branch has hosted a Great Books Discussion led by classics scholar Peter Amberson. Co-moderator Dan Lewickyj selects the books; he also writes and performs an original poem in response to each book discussed.

Since September, we’ve read Jean-Paul Sartre, Hermann Hesse, Friedrich Nietzsche and Rainer Maria Rilke. Upcoming authors include Henry James, James Baldwin and Joseph Conrad.

Upcoming Events

Great Books Discussion: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, March 8: We’ll discuss Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

Great Books Discussion: The Princess Casamassima, March 22: We'll discuss The Princess Casamassima by Henry James.

Great Books Discussion: The Fire Next Time, April 5: We’ll discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

Great Books Discussion: The Secret Agent, April 19: We’ll discuss The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad.

See all Great Books Discussions at Roden Branch. Even if a specific title isn't your favorite, the discussion is well worth attending.