Denise D. Ahlquist at Great Books Foundation
"Through my work with the Shared Inquiry method, I have regularly seen people of differing backgrounds and beliefs productively exchange ideas and learn from one another. I’ve seen students move from angry withdrawal to engagement with issues and their peers. Adults regularly exclaim, 'Ah! I hadn’t thought of that!' People of all ages and in different settings see both short and long-term benefits. ...
"How does this work? In Shared Inquiry, people read and discuss open-ended questions about great written works. By starting with a text, we consider big, enduring questions through the lens of a particular character, author or time period and then think about how our insights apply to our own lives."