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Shelf Awareness Writes About GBSP

Written by Great Books on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shelf Awareness Writes About GBSP

Today, Great Books got a shout out in the brand-new reader edition of Shelf Awareness !  A short piece about the 10 year anniversary, some of this summer's headliners, and what we all love about the program--the great discussions.

Have you been to the Great Books Summer Program?  Tell us what some of your favorite parts of the program are.

What were the topics that sparked a lot of conversation? 

What do you wish you could've spent more time with?

Are there aspects of the program that you took home with you?  Do you talk about books in a different way with your friends/family or at school?


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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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