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Great Books Online: All with acclaimed professors for an exceptional year-round experience.

For nearly 20 years, GBSP has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world to read, discuss, and debate selections from the greatest works of literature.

Students experience college-level seminars, engage in lively discussion, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. We transitioned our 2020 summer programs to online and are continuing this momentum with new online School Year Programming, starting in September. We hope to return to one or more of our college campus program in 2021. Those schools include Amherst College, Stanford University, Northwestern University, the University of Oxford, and Beijing. We hope to also launch experiential learning programs that bring literature to life at University of Edinburgh and American West next summer.

Great Books & Writer's Workshop Online
Live classes for students

Great Books Online is staffed by the same esteemed faculty and scholars as our on-campus programs. We model university seminars and discussions as we take up the important conversations of classic literature and writer's workshops. Students will work in small groups of 8-12 campers for discussion, academic mentoring, other fun activities together.

Learn more about Great Books Online & Writer's Workshop available here.


University of Oxford
Oxford, England
 - Canceled for 2020

Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of University of Oxford in England. Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world, established around 1096. Founded in 1897, Somerville is a relatively newer college among the 38 which make up Oxford. Its alumnae include two prime ministers, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher, and Novel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin. Somerville is situated close to the city center and bordered by the vibrant neighborhoods of Little Clarendon Street and Jericho.

The Great Books Summer Program at Oxford is limited to students in or entering high school only.

Learn more about Great Books located at Oxford.

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
- Canceled for 2020

Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is currently ranked as one of the best universities in the world for arts and humanities. Imagine walking in the same steps as alumnus Robert Louis Stevenson, contemplating the mystical voyage of The Hispaniola in Treasure Island or observing the monsterous transformation of Dr. Jekll to Mr. Hyde.

Literary Edinburgh is limited to students in or entering high school only. 

Learn more about Great Books located at the University of Edinburgh.

Stanford Center at Peking University
Beijing, China
- Canceled for 2020

Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is the result of a long-term partnership between Stanford University and Peking University, two preeminent global institutions. Established in 2012, SCPKU provides a home base in China for Stanford faculty and scholars, facilitating local academic exchange, collaboration, research and outreach activities. The top university in China, Peking University is located in the Haidan District, the educational and technological center of Beijing and home to the historic and beautiful Summer Palace.

This program is limited to students in high school only. 

Learn more about Great Books in Beijing.

Amherst College - Canceled for 2020
Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. Located in Western Massachusetts, close to the beautiful Berkshires, Amherst draws students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. With an endowment of more than $2 billion, Amherst's academic and athletic facilities, including the Mead Art Museum and the Robert Frost Library, are among the best of any college in the nation. 

Learn more about Great Books located at Amherst.  Writer's Workshop available here.

Stanford University - Canceled for 2020
Palo Alto, California

With its palm trees, breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz mountains, Spanish architecture and sunny 70- degree days, Stanford University is an idyllic setting for the Great Books Summer Program. The 8.000-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, offering room to explore as well as carefully crafted residential and academic spaces for study and comfortable California living. Stanford University opened its doors in 1891 and has been one of the finest and most highly-regarded American universities ever since. 

Learn more about Great Books located at Stanford. Writer's Workshop available here.

Northwestern University Canceled for 2020
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. This world-ranked, prestigious school is located on a scenic, 240-acre main campus adjacent to Lake Michigan. The historic culture of nearby Chicago is a feast for the eyes and ears with landmark architecture, visual arts, and strong musical roots in blues, soul, and jazz. Notable poets of Chicago include Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg and writers such as John Dos Passos, Richard Wright, and Upton Sinclair.

Learn more about Northwestern University.

Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure - - Canceled for 2020
Historic Portland, Maine

Tales of the Sea will marry the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail on a tall ship. Imagine yourself in the shoes of Ishmael, as he embarked on his legendary whaling voyage. Or relive the anticipation of Jim Hawkins as he stowed away onboard the Hispaniola to search for buccaneers and buried gold in Treasure Island.

Learn more about Tale of the Seas: a Tall Ship Adventure.

American West
Mayer, AZ
- Canceled for 2020

Imagine walking in the steps of rogue cowboys and righteous lawmen. Embark on a dangerous train robbery to fund a risky gold rush venture that could end in a boom or bust. Learn the rich history of the region through indigenous storytelling and visits to archeological sites.

Learn more about the American West.

Great Books Summer Program is independent of Amherst College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Peking University, University of Oxford, and University of Edinburgh, Scotland. All names are trademarks of their respective owners. Photo credit to Kerun Ip for image of Stanford Center at Peking University.
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