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Let Great Books Be Your Tour Guide in England This Summer!

Written by gbspcamp on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Let Great Books Be Your Tour Guide in England This Summer!

Starting last summer, Great Books has jumped across the pond to bring the program to Oxford University! Senior campers (14 and up) will be able to explore Oxford's Somerville College July 20th through August 2nd.

For those of you who have attended Great Books at either Amherst or Stanford, what makes Oxford a little different is the program we're putting together of classic Oxford/English fare. We want to bring to life the amazing history, culture, and literary offerings that are so uniquely British. Want to take a trip to England? Why not let Great Books be your guide!?

Though our excursions and syllabus aren't yet finalized, we are planning trips to Stratford-on-Avon, Stonehenge, London, looking at ghost tours, Jane Austen tours, Harry Potter colleges, museums with shrunken head collections, music and poetry nights in Oxford, and maybe even a production of one of Shakespeare's plays!

We would love to have you with us in our second year at Oxford. There are only a couple of spaces left.  S ign up  today!

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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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