Talking Service

On behalf of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book partners with the Great Books Foundation to host Talking Service programs in communities across the Commonwealth.

In Talking Service, small groups under the guidance of skilled facilitators get together to reflect on short, powerful writings about military service by some of the world’s greatest authors. Participants are encouraged to share their insights, build on each others’ comments, and challenge their assumptions through lively, informal conversations centered on the Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian anthology. To learn more about Talking Service programs across the United States, visit

Talking ServiceThe Center identifies host sites for the programs and these host sites then schedule a series of discussion programs, recruit participants, and find or train discussion leaders. Typically, the programs consist of four to six 90-minute sessions spread over two to three months.

If you are interested in proposing a host site for future Talking Service programs in Virginia, please email [email protected].