Every teacher knows a few such students - those truly extraordinary young people who love nothing more than exploring big ideas, who read widely with excitement and joy, and who have begun to embrace the life of the mind!
Whether it's summer on-campus or year-round online, our mission at the Great Books Summer Program is to create lively, warm, and welcoming communities of these outstanding young people who love literature and ideas.
Now in our 20th year, the Great Books Summer Program gathers every year on the most prestigious college campuses, specifically to serve and challenge outstanding middle school and high school students from across the country and around the world. Students come away from Great Books with a bigger intellectual world, sharper critical thinking skills and a deep connection with other remarkable young people preparing to lead lives of distinction. We take up the Great Conversation of classic literature, with a broad range of texts and an emphasis on the timeless questions: What is the good life? What do I owe my neighbors? What must I do in the face of injustice? We'll be reading and talking about Homer, Plato, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Dante, and many more giants of the human mind.
As part of Great Books online and on-campus, the students you recommend can explore literature and ideas with distinguished professors from the finest universities, perhaps share a special lecture with a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, become part of an international community of young, literary-minded people, and dig deeply into the great intellectual questions of Western and world culture.
We invite you to nominate a few of your students to join us for an experience unlike any other in American education.