These festive gatherings are a perfect introduction to the Great Books.
A successful Shared Inquiry discussion is a collaboration between the leader(s) and participants. It’s important that both parties come to the discussion with a clear understanding of what we hope to accomplish and how we’ll work together to share the inquiry into the meaning of the reading at hand.
Our August workshop is designed for both leaders and participants. With a bit of instruction and a fair amount of practice, we will lean how to prepare for discussion. This involves reading for questions, understanding what makes a question effective in discussion, and how to write interpretive questions.
We will also learn how to participate in a Shared Inquiry discussion. The most important skill used in discussion is listening. So, we will lean what to listen for, how to ask effective follow-up questions, and how to manage the flow and development of ideas during the discussion. Again, it’s important to emphasize that these are skills that both participants and leaders need to develop and practice.
Our instructor, Gary Schoepfel
Gary Schoepfel is a one-time submarine sailor, lover of beers, broken hockey player, kayaker, former stage actor, a reasonably good listener, a reasonably good husband of 42 years, faculty member at Harrison Middleton University, close reader, Classical Pursuits international traveler, and retired VP of the Great Books Foundation.