Penrose Library Book Clubs

Great Books Classics

Discussions take place at Penrose Library in the Aspen meeting room. Discussions are open to everyone and registration is not required.

Copies of Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian visions are available in the PPLD collection and in the Penrose reference collection.

Meeting Date/Time: 

2nd Tuesdays from 6:45 - 8:45 p.m.


February 12, 2019 - “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky

March 12, 2019 - Selection from Book 1 of Mencius by Mencius

April 9, 2019 - Selection from Book 7 of The Politics by Aristotle (meeting in the Children’s Room)

May 14, 2019 - “A Framework for Utopia” from Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick

June 11, 2019 - Selections from Books 14 and 19 of The City of God by Saint Augustine

July 9, 2019 - Selection from the pamphlet The Jewish State by Theodor Herzl

August 13, 2019 - Third essay from A New View of Society by Robert Owen

September 10, 2019 - “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” an essay by Oscar Wilde

October 8, 2019 - “The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State, a selection from Chapter 5 of The State and Revolution by Vladimir Lenin

November 12, 2019 - A selection from the novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

December 10, 2019 - “The Machine Stops,” a short story by E. M. Forster

Wendy (719) 233-1411