The Tulsa Great Books Program was founded in 2015, and has been serving the local  Catholic homeschooling community as a resource for parents looking to help their children deepen their journey into the treasure of Western Civilization. TGB offers weekly courses on a socratic model utilizing the Great Books to teach the foundations of the liberal arts. 

William Dunn | Tutor & Cofounder

William Dunn earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in 1997. While a student there he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. Eager to learn more about the Catholic Faith, he spent the next 10 years in some of the leading schools of philosophy and theology in Europe and America. Immediately following graduation from T.A.C., he spent a year in the advanced Latin Program offered at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome taught by Fr. Reginald Foster, who served as the Papal Latinist for 40 years. During that year he also studied moral theology under Fr. Wojciech Giertych, O.P. who later became the Theologian of the Pontifical Household for Pope Benedict XVI. He then received both his S.T.M. and S.T.L. degrees from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. The S.T.L. is a canonical degree that fulfills the requirements for teaching sacred theology in Catholic seminaries. He later completed the course work for the Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and then completed the course work for the Doctorate in Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, Texas. During his teaching career he has taught classes in philosophy, theology, language, literature, history, and science for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as homeschool middle school and high school students. He has taught classes in over 50 subjects, and in his classes he endeavors to show the interconnections between the various branches of learning. For five years he taught Thomistic Latin for graduate students in both Austria and the United States. He also taught Thomistic philosophy and theology for St. Catherine’s Dominican Convent in Houston, TX. Ever since his conversion to the Catholic Church he has felt called to share with others the teachings of the Faith which are much needed in our secular culture today. A prolific writer of poetry and essays, his writings have frequently appeared in Catholic publications including the St. Austin Review published by Joseph Pearce. His first collection of poetry, Wind Among the Leaves was published in 2012, and a second collection of his poetry is forthcoming. Since 2008 he has taught classes in the Diocese of Tulsa in adult lay Faith Formation Programs, the Diaconate Formation Program, and in the homeschooling community, and he currently teaches online classes in philosophy and theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. In 2015 he became a cofounder of the Tulsa Great Books Program for Catholic High School Homeschoolers, formed under a directive of then Bishop Edward J. Slattery, a strong supporter of the Catholic homeschooling movement.

Marion Williams | Tutor & Cofounder

Marion Williams received her university education in her native Germany at the University of Osnabrück where she majored in Special Education and minored in Music. She has had a long career in teaching both German and Latin in colleges and universities around the country, including locally at the University of Tulsa, OSU, and TCC. Because Latin and German teachers are scarce, she has been asked to teach at a variety of middle school and high school programs in our area, including Holland Hall, Bishop Kelley High School, Holy Family Cathedral School, and St. Anne’s Middle School. She currently serves as the Latin teacher in our Tulsa Great Books Program for Catholic High School Homeschoolers. She also worked as a professional musician, where she sang in the Carl Orff Choir in Marktoberdorf, Germany which performed in concerts across Europe. This group also competed in many choir competitions in Europe and won many first prizes. She plays many musical instruments, and played the lute, krummhorn, and recorders for a Renaissance music group in Osnabrück, and played both violin and viola for the orchestras at the University of Kansas and at the University of Osnabrück. She is very gifted at classical guitar and has taught classical guitar while performing in a classical guitar quartet and as a soloist. For many years she served as the director of the Holy Family Cathedral Children’s Choir, and she has directed other children’s choirs. She also worked as a music therapist for children with disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s. She contributes to music education in our program. In addition to her scholarship in language and music she has a strong background in history, with a deep knowledge of European history, and currently serves as the history teacher in our program. Marion Williams was the first person in our diocese to formulate the idea of creating a supplemental hybrid program for Catholic high school homeschoolers focused on the Great Books of Western Civilization. In 2015 Bishop Edward J. Slattery moved to promote her initiative when she became a cofounder of our program.