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.
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.
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.
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