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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Great Books Summer Program

Sorry for the long silence, but I have been involved in some amazing summer programs I’m excited to tell you about. Today I will share some information about the Great Books Summer Program, which I participated. I love books and ideas and it was so awesome to be exclusively around other kids my age who love reading and exploring ideas as well.

The Great Books Summer Program not only exposes students to the best of world literature , but it also teaches you how to analyze literature and articulately discuss it and how to tie the ideas expressed in books to your life and the larger world. For example, before I arrived at Amherst College for this program, the biggest news event was the Iranian Elections and the protests that followed. Well, I didn’t have sense of Iran or its history. At Great Books, I read Persepolis, a book by Marjane Satrapi about her childhood during the fall of the Shah of Iran and the Islamic Revolution. A whole other world opened up to me. I am driven about discovering and understanding more of it. I read works by Nadine Gordimer , Bessie Head , and Kurt Vonnegut to name a few.

In addition to all the great books I read and the new friends I made, I fell in love with the town of Amherst and Amherst College. Here is the link to an article that appeared last month in the Wall Street Journal about the Great Books Summer Program.

Here is the link to the Great Books Summer Program. I hope to see you there next summer.

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