Welcome to The Great Books Summer Program

Hello!  Welcome to The Great Books Summer Program blog.

The Great Books Summer Program, an academic summer camp for children 6 to 12th grade, was inspired and designed by a group of  distinguished educators led by Peter Temes, former President of The Great Books Foundation, and Professor Ilan Stavans of Amherst College.  This year marks its 10 year anniversary!

The mission of the Great Books Summer Program is to create a lively, warm and welcoming community of outstanding young people who love literature and the arts. In our program, great books come alive by asking careful questions that stimulate lively discussion. It’s an approach that dates back to Socrates and develops in each student the habit of reflective reading and critical thinking.

From our first three-day session of 30 middle school students in 2002, the Great Books Summer Program has grown to six weeks of sessions for both middle grade and high school students on the campuses of Amherst College and Stanford University. Every year our family continues to grow as our alumni return home and share their experiences with friends and family. Last year, students from over 43 states and 26 countries joined our outstanding faculty for a summer of learning and fun they’ll never forget.

The week of June 20th launches this year’s program at Stanford and the week after in Amherst.  If you aren’t able to join us this year on either of our sites, follow along on the blog to hear what our students, program assistants, faculty and perhaps even some of our distinguished guests are saying!

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