Have a Literary Summer with the Great Books Summer Program

Great Books Summer Program

Are you looking to get away this summer? Do you love talking about books? Do you want to meet writers and filmmakers and hear about where they get their inspiration? Well, have we got something for you!

The Great Books Summer Program is a multi-week summer camp where students from all over the world come together to talk about the books they love and some of the great topics in literature, such as what is the “good” life? What do I owe my neighbors? What must I do in the face of injustice?

Not only do students have these great discussions among themselves, but guest speakers such as writers Garrison Keillor, Dennis Lehane, and Maile Meloy and filmmakers Chris Columbus and J. Todd Harris come to campus to discuss their work, share how they became a writer/filmmaker, and answer questions posed by the students. Whether you are interested in becoming a writer or just fascinated by how your favorite stories come to life, it is always a lively and interesting discussion.

Great Books Summer Program

Author Maile Meloy talks with students.

Set on the campuses of Amherst College, Stanford University, and, starting this year, Oxford University in England, the program is also a preview of the college experience—students live in the dorms, eat in the dining halls, and take classes in the lecture halls, among other college students. But, it isn’t all books, all the time, the program also provides excursions into the surrounding areas—from baseball games to Shakespearean productions, depending on the campus.

Great Books Summer Program

Enrollment and Scholarships:

The Great Books Summer Program is open for enrollment. Click here to find out more information about the program.

arrowThe Great Books Summer Program offers two scholarships in honor of acclaimed and award-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, National Book Award winning American Sphinx, and the forthcoming Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. To apply, you must submit an essay on the creation of America (500 word minimum). Click here for more details. The deadline for scholarship application is May 17, 2013.


4 thoughts on “Have a Literary Summer with the Great Books Summer Program

  1. The second picture best describes at what happens at camp. In fact, that’s my session—and we take our foam sword fighting seriously.

  2. I’ve gone there one summer before and will be this summer. Tons of fun and I loved every minute. Maybe someone will see me there in Stanford. It’s expensive, but worth it if you can afford it.

  3. That sounds like a whole lot of fun, however I’m not American so I really know nothing about the creation of America. I wish the essay topic was something a little more universal. Although I do understand it’s based on the fact that the books are about America.

    • Also I wish I knew about this earlier so i could’ve gone while I was still in high school. I’m in college now (18yrs old) and looks like that makes me ineligible.

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