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Great Books Offering Scholarships in Honor of Historian Joseph J. Ellis

Written by gbspcamp on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great Books Offering Scholarships in Honor of Historian Joseph J. Ellis

Hey History Lovers!  This year, Great Books is offering two scholarships for attendance at the Amherst campus in honor of historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis.  Every  4th of July , Joe comes to campus to discuss Independence Day and, for those interested in the scholarship, we want to get your take on what is the most interesting aspect in the founding of our country. Was there a certain figure that stood out to you? An act? A battle? We want to know!

Ellis is one of the nation’s foremost scholars of American history and the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning  Founding Brothers , National Book Award winning  American Sphinx , and the forthcoming  Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence  (Knopf, June 2013).  These scholarships are based on a minimum 500 word essay on the creation of America.

To apply for the Joseph J. Ellis scholarships families need to complete the  standard and financial aid applications  along with submitting the required essay. The deadline is  May 17, 2013  and entries should be sent to the address below.

“I am honored and thrilled that the Great Books Summer Program has created these scholarships in my name,” said Ellis. “These scholarships go to a cause that I believe is really worthy. The program is based on an elegantly simple idea—bringing bright kids together to read great works and classic texts, which is the closest thing to sacred for me.”

“For the last ten years, Joseph Ellis has generously shared his time and expertise with our students, who look forward to his inspired talks about the founding of our country. We could not be more pleased to honor him by offering these scholarships in his name,” said David Ward, founder and Executive Director of The Great Books Summer Program.

Submit applications and essays to:

The Great Books Summer Foundation
P.O. Box 743
Fairfield, CT 06824

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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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