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GBSP On the Road: DC and Virginia

Written by gbspcamp on Monday, March 02, 2015

GBSP On the Road: DC and Virginia

Great Books is on the road this week. Our destination: Washington D.C., Fairfax, VA and McLean, VA.

Consider this your invitation!  Join us this week and meet members of the Great Books summer team and learn more about our academic enrichment program for bright readers in middle and high school. We will be diving into some poetry and getting a feel for the Socratic GBSP classroom, while imagining ourselves on the sunny campuses of Amherst, Stanford and Oxford, and talking about a summer of books!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7-8:30 PM  Georgetown Day School , Washington DC. Classroom 112 Wednesday, March 4th, 7-8:30 PM  Nash Family Home Event , Washington DC. RSVP for details Thursday, March 5th, 7-8:30 PM  Dempsey Family Home Event , McLean, VA. RSVP for details  RSVP to Program Coordinator, Melody Kasulis:  We hope to see you there!

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What they did on their summer vacation: At the Great Books program at Amherst College, reading is a joy, not a chore

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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