Great Books Summer Program

About Great Books Summer Program

The mission of the Great Books Summer Program is to create warm and lively communities of learning where free inquiry, reason, and civil discourse shape critical thinking skills. We engage with enduring texts of literature and philosophy to discover and explore the great human issues and questions.

We strive to build a diverse and inclusive community of middle and high school students from across the country and around the globe. We value the diversity of our students and our staff and believe that it contributes to our productive dialogue. We strive for respectful, probing converstions in search of better understanding of ideas, our neighbors, and ourselves. Most of all, we mentor students as they embark on the quest to develop their own best thinking.


Program Assistant

July 2018 - July 2018 Amherst, MA
“The program did a great job of creating a supportive community both for the campers we supervised and among the staff. Although it was a lot of work, all of the work we did with campers from electives to discussions were extremely meaningful. These experiences helped me boost my self-confidence as I saw that I was capable of doing this work and that this work seemed to resonate well with the campers.”

Program Assistant

June 2018 - July 2018 Stanford, CA
“Great Books is amazing. While it was a lot of work, the rewards were innumerable. I love that I got to spend a lot of time with the campers both in a fun, laid-back setting and in an challenging, academic setting.”
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