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Program Assistants

Our Talented Staff

Each summer we bring together a very select group of outstanding college and graduate students through a nationwide talent search for Program Assistants for the Great Books Summer Program. Program Assistants are chosen from hundreds of applicants based upon their academic excellence, intellectual enthusiasm, outgoing personality, experience in working with younger people and maturity.

Our Program Assistant staff hail from colleges and universities such as Columbia, Wesleyan, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Amherst, and Oberlin, and includes Rhodes Scholars, Fulbrights, and PhD students. In addition to a shared love of literature, they bring many diverse talents and expertise to the program. We have Greek scholars, philosophy majors, blossoming novelists, guitar players, rugby stars, debate team members, artists, and musicians. Many of our Program Assistants are returning to Great Books for their second, third and even fourth summers. We’re delighted to have such a talented staff of both experienced counselors and new talent at our Amherst, Stanford and Oxford campuses.

The Program Assistants help facilitate seminar discussions, collaborate with students on their electives, and organize all kinds of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Each Program Assistant is assigned to a "pod", a group of 6-8 boys or girls on their dorm floor. They lead informal evening discussions in the dorm, assist their students with daily camp life, and make sure that everyone has a wonderful experience.

Meet some of our Program Assistants:

Zak Lutz, originally from a small Ohio town, is a recent graduate of Harvard after studying Social Studies and Philosophy. His love of books began with his childhood chess passion and many hours spent reading chess theory. His intellectual interests have shifted to the history of political thought, particularly in America and Europe, and he’s planning to continue studying next year at University of Chicago. This will be his first summer with Great Books, and he’s looking forward to meeting some fantastic campers.

Christina Lamoureaux is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a double major in English and Government and a minor in French. She is usually reading several books simultaneously and can always find space on her shelf of books to read, especially for science fiction and anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald. She will be starting law school in the fall. This will be her third summer as a PA with Great Books following eight years as a GBSP camper, and she could not be more excited to be returning. 

Sojourner Ahébée, born in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, currently resides in between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Stanford, California, where she attends Stanford University. She loves storytelling, history, good food, languages, and documentaries. Having been a poet for much of her life, she sees the world through words and rhythm. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, listening to music from around the globe, and watching films.

Trevor Stankiewicz is a recent graduate of Cornell University and current playwright. His most recent project, The Darfur Compromised, has been performed off-Broadway as well as at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. His mom is very proud of him. In addition to his theatrical pursuits, he also considers himself an adventurous traveler, a voracious reader, and a dessert innovator.  During Great Books, he can be seen losing at basketball, talking about J.D. Salinger, and lip-synching Taylor Swift. Trevor is ready for another great Stanford summer!

Elle Wong graduated this past May from Tulane University with her B.S. in Mathematics. Though her prowess lies in the world of numbers, she enjoys books and reading in her free time. Some of her favorite books include 1984Frankenstein, and Maus. Her love for the Harry Potter series led her to become captain of the Tulane Quidditch team and she hopes to introduce more people to Quidditch as a real sport. This coming year, she will be at the Polytechnic School as their Middle School Math Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys playing Quidditch, rock-climbing, slacklining, cooking, baking, and creating things. Fun fact: One of her goals in life is to “play” every day in order to maintain a healthy body and mind, as well as to have fun in life.

Spencer Lenfield is a graduate of  The University of Oxford with a BA in Classics and Philosophy. His first degree was in History and Literature at Harvard. Some of his favorite things at the moment include Proust's Recherche, Vergil's Eclogues, and Hayao Miyazaki's movies. He's also a fan of the gyoza stand at the Gloucester Green market on Wednesdays. 

Victoria Gross, Native New Yorker, is a rising sophomore in Columbia College at Columbia University in the City of New York. Vic plans to major in Philosophy with a concentration in either Art History or French. At Columbia, Vic is an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi literary society, Nonsequitur Acapella group, and the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. She also splits her time between participating in student-run plays and working as a personal research assistant for professor Dr. Stuart Firestein. Vic is a lover of film, music, the outdoors, and her dog. 

Eve Houghton is a senior at Yale University, where she studies English with a focus on Renaissance literature and works as a curatorial assistant for early modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. Her academic interests include early modern English poetry and drama (particularly Shakespeare), book history, and performance studies. She is very excited for her first summer at Great Books Amherst!


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