Tentative 2017 Dates: June 25 - July 29
And New! Writer's Workshop at Amherst.
Explore the quintessential New England college experience at Amherst College. This “Little Ivy” with its sweeping green lawns and classic architecture is situated in the heart of Amherst, MA, consistently ranked one of the top college towns in the U.S. Only steps away from Emily Dickinson’s Homestead, and with guest speakers including Amherst Professor and Great Books co-founder Dr. Ilan Stavans and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. Joseph J. Ellis, our Amherst program takes advantage of local literature and offers a unique curriculum centered on the classics with an American history twist.
Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. With an endowment of nearly $1 billion, Amherst has extensive physical resources on its scenic 1,000-acre campus. Nearly every academic building on campus has been renovated in the past five years, and Amherst's academic and athletic facilities are among the best in the nation.
A Quick Look at Great Books at Amherst
We held the first session on the campus of Amherst fifteen years ago, and Amherst remains the cornerstone of the Great Books Summer Program.
Students who come for two, three or four weeks will be able to experience entirely new academic content each session they attend: new readings, fresh lectures and unique speakers and guests. Also unique to the multi-week programs are the weekend excursions. Taking place on the Saturday in between sessions, all campers head out to an exciting location near their campus. In prior years, students on our Amherst campus experienced a day in Salem, a day in the historic city of Boston, and a Western Massachusetts excursion featuring a visit to Tanglewood to see Garrison Keillor.
Traveling to Amherst
Amherst College is located about two hours by car from Boston and three hours from New York City. The closest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, Connecticut, which is conveniently located about 40 minutes away by car. Many families enjoy touring the numerous esteemed universities in the region after the end of their child’s session.