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A Literary and Historical Tour of Oxford by Writer/Artist Jennifer Anne Moses

Written by Great Books on Monday, April 14, 2014

A Literary and Historical Tour of Oxford by Writer/Artist Jennifer Anne Moses

Last year, Great Books launched their first program outside of the US on the campus of Oxford. After a wildly successful start, Great Books is going back to Oxford again this year. Whether you are going this year or have plans for attending in the future,  here  is a wonderful literary and cinematic tour of Oxford that  Jennifer Anne Moses , author of  Tales from My Closet,  wrote for  The New York Times .

In the piece, Moses shares some great history of the place, tips for good, cheap eats along the way, and advice for proper footwear.  She also references the number of films and books that tie to the place, which might be fun to brush up on before your departure.

If you went to Oxford last year, what was your favorite activity and what books did you read or movies did you watch to prepare for the trip?

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At first glance, it looked like a scene from a typical day at Amherst College: about 100 students in a lecture hall, on tiered seating on three sides of the room, notebooks and digital devices like iPads at hand, while a professor stood in the well of the room, looking up at some of the young people seated above him.

The subject matter seemed a serious one. Discussion revolved at first around “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal anti-slavery novel that became a bestseller in the 1850s as the United States moved ever closer to civil war. “That was a time of growing division,” the professor said. “How different is our country today?”

In this case, though, it was early July, and the professor, Ilan Stavans, was wearing shorts and no shoes; as for the students, they looked a little young to be in college. They were, in fact, high school students, from their mid-to-late teens and from across the country and overseas, who had come to Amherst to do something not usually associated with summer camps: read.

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