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!
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.
The Great Books Summer Program gathers every year on three of 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. Now in our 17th year, we are once again returning to the University of Oxford campus in England. Students will come away from the Great Books Summer Program with a bigger intellectual world, sharper critical thinking skills and a deep connection with other remarkable young people preparing to lead lives of distinction. This summer we’ll continue to 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 the Great Books Summer Program, 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 a national 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 this summer for an experience unlike any other in American education.