Great Books at Colby

                        62nd Annual Great Books at Colby College

                                                Waterville, Maine

                                                         July 2018


Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Costs:  $610
Who Should Attend: Anyone who loves books, enjoys discussing them with others, and seeks an inexpensive, intellectually stimulating vacation.

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Come join our annual week of lively discussion at Colby College. We are a community of people who enjoy reading and discussing great books. Have you ever closed a book after reading the last page and wished you could share your thoughts with someone? Colby offers an opportunity to collaborate in discovering insights rarely achieved just reading alone. Located on a beautiful campus, the college has a great library, the admission free Colby Museum of Art, a bookstore, tennis courts and first-class athletic facilities with a swimming pool, as well as waterfront property at a nearby lake open to Great Books participants. It offers an inexpensive but classy vacation where readers who love to think and talk about the world’s great literary works can derive pleasure from spending time with others who share that enthusiasm. For two hours each day, readers discuss their understanding of thought-provoking classics through the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry Method.
Registration covers books and discussions, as well as lectures, films, group social activities, use of the athletic facilities and tennis courts, and a real Maine lobster bake. On campus registration includes a single or double dormitory room (six nights: Sunday through Friday) and all meals. You can stay over Saturday night either before the week or after the week for an additional charge. Either night allows you to attend the Atlantic Music Festival’s outstanding free classical music concert. We also offer a Children’s Program* for ages three and above. Commuters participate in all activities, but live on their own, off-campus, and receive lunch each day and the Friday night lobster bake.

The cost for commuters (participants who live off-campus) is $320 and includes lunches and the lobster bake. Scholarships are available on a need basis.  Our registration deadline is July 1.

You may register online here or click here to download a registration form.

Contact Information

Great Books Summer Institute at Colby
PO Box 424
Newtown Square, PA 19073


* During the morning, counselors supervise fun activities for all Junior Great Books attendees and siblings (age 3 and up). Following lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, counselors take participants to book discussions, which start at 1 p.m. There are no Junior Great Books discussions on Wednesday, the day of the bus trip, and Saturday; parents pick children up directly from camp. In the afternoons, there are other activities, including movies, games, and if desired, Talent Show rehearsals. Facilities for swimming, tennis, and volleyball, plus a bookstore and a library, as well as computers for online access are available. Junior Great Book attendees and their families are housed near each other, when possible, for ease of communication. Each child has his or her own room, unless otherwise requested. The nearby arts and crafts rooms are open to Juniors and siblings.

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