Start a Group

If there is no Talking Service program in your community and you would like to start one, the Great Books Foundation is here to assist you in every way we can.

If you live in a state with a humanities council already sponsoring Talking Service, contact the council to discuss next steps. If your state humanities council is not currently sponsoring Talking Service, you can help make this happen by letting them know you’re interested in the program.

Whether you are a veteran, the family member of a veteran, a friend or caretaker, or anyone else who believes that Talking Service has something valuable to offer servicemen and servicewomen, we strongly encourage you to investigate local resources that can help support a program in your community. Among these are libraries and churches for meeting places, teachers and others with experience facilitating book discussion groups, VA Vet Centers, student veteran organizations on college campuses, and the ever-increasing number of veteran service organizations.

Most importantly, don’t hesitate to contact the Great Books Foundation for advice on how to start a Talking Service program including how to get training as a Talking Service discussion leader. We have many years of experience in helping form discussion groups and will be glad to work with you to find the local resources you need to conduct a successful and rewarding Talking Service program. Please contact Donald Whitfield, Director of Community and National Programs at the Great Books Foundation, at whitfield@greatbooks.org or call 312.646.7138.

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