The Great Books Summer Program is an experience like no other in American education. For the past thirteen years, GBSP has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world to read, discuss and debate selections from the greatest works of literature, experience college-level discussions and seminars, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. We offer summer camps at Stanford University, Amherst College and Oxford University.
A sample of life at Great Books: Read and discuss the likes of Plato, Jefferson, Tolstoy, Borges and Vonnegut with an international community of literature-loving students and distinguished college faculty. Then join our arts and literature electives to write in a creative fiction workshop, paint “en plein-air,” learn a new instrument, act in a Shakespeare play, or closely read a Russian novel with a group of new friends. Join us in the evening for a camp dance, ice cream social or for a surprise guest speaker … perhaps a Pulitzer-prize winning author or celebrated movie director! Enjoy a world-class university campus. Make friendships that will last a life-time.
The Student Experience: Find your voice in the classroom. The Great Books Summer Reading Program gives students the opportunity to grow academically and socially as they prepare for high school or college. Open discussions encourage students to express themselves and give power to their ideas. Students gain confidence in their ability to read a text closely and express their ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.
Three Distinguished Campuses: Amherst College in Massachusetts, Stanford University in California and our inaugural session at Oxford University in Oxford, England. This is the perfect opportunity to preview life on a college campus!
Don’t miss your chance to join students from 49 states and 29 countries in this unique learning experience! Space is limited. Register today!