If you enjoy books and discussion this program is for you.  pexels-photo-917832

Come for single sessions or join us for the whole series of stimulating discussions on great literature. 




Day: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month,

Starting:  January 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 for the series/ materials extra – Non- member $40

Location:  Lifetime Learning Centre – 32444 7th Ave. Mission, BC. V2V 2B5

“Counterparts” from the Great Book Foundation

Counterparts presents pairs of contrasting texts that interact with one another in differing and surprising ways. These 20 texts may take opposing views on issues or contend with ideas presented by other scholars. Together they offer a range of perspectives on topics such as art and war, love and fidelity, gender, aspiration, and death. The strong combination of modern and classic literature in Counterparts provides readers with much to contemplate and discuss.

This is an exciting collection from the Great Book Foundation (2015) that features pairings of texts that complement or play off of one another in interesting ways. They have carefully selected readings across genres and time periods on topics such as love, art, science, war, gender, authorship, and others.

Here are a few of the topics you’ll explore with Counterparts:

How much explanation of their private lives do parents owe their children?
What do we learn about love and loss from fairy tales and feminist retellings of them?
When is scientific experimentation conducted on living subjects unethical? When is it justified?

Contrasting Themes Chosen for Discussion

Dates Contrasting Themes Title & Author
January 22, 2019 Aspiration Facing West from California’s Shores –Walt Whitman

The Golden West – Daniel Fuchs

February 12, 2019 Equality Equality, Value, and Merit – Fredrich Hayak

Liberalism – Ronald Dworkin

February 26, 2019  Fidelity An Arundel Tomb – Philip Larkin

Love is Not a Pie – Amy Bloom

March 12, 2019 Art In Which the Story Pauses a Little – George Elliot

The Decay of Lying – Oscar Wilde

April 9, 2019 Science Rappaccini’s Daughter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Vivisection – Claude Bernard

 April 23, 2019 Gender Lilies – John Ruskin

The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan