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Readings in Western Culture

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Great book discussions encourage participants to engage in the exchange of ideas that should form the basis of civil discourse in a democratic society. They familiarize readers with many of the written works and ideas, both old and new, which have a profound and formative influence on our world, with the hope that understanding our intellectual traditions' underlying assumptions is essential to making wise choices in both our personal lives and the civic arena. We will start the semester with Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. For the balance of the semester we will use the Great Books Conversations, Volume 4 in paperback, available through the Great Books Foundation ( or 312-332-5870). Authors include Plato, Kant, Thoreau, William James, George Bernard Shaw, Chekhov, Tim O’Brien, and others. Please join us for lively and thought provoking discussion in one of OLLI’s long standing groups. No class on 11/28/19.


Class Details

12 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Elaine Hoffman2.Bernard Hoffman 



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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/28/2019)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/12/2019 - 12/5/2019 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Bernard Hoffman  ; Elaine Hoffman  ClassRoom