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Long Live Exceptional Books

With the avalanche of digital content available on a host of common devices that include computers, tablets and phones, some educators are concerned that literary classics are getting short shrift in the mix of websites, blogs, social networks and music. The Great Books Summer Program ( introduces young book lovers to literature they would not typically encounter in today’s classrooms.

The unique summer camp, held for the past 10 years at Amherst College, in Massachusetts, and Stanford University, in California, was created for middle school and high school students to discover and maintain critical reading and thinking skills during their seasonal break and beyond. “Great Books’ faculty not only stresses the importance of reading, but introduces exceptional literature that students wouldn’t typically discover on their own,” says co-founder and Academic Director Peter Temes, Ph.D.

Primary goals of the program are to help students learn how to read and think at a college level; learn how to engage in lively, spirited, yet disciplined discussion; gain new powers of perception, critical thinking and self-expression; develop greater confidence with peers and adults; and launch their own lifelong intellectual journey. Register now for next summer.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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