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Reading, Writing and Arguing: Can a Summer of Big Questions Push Students to College?

Columbia University’s 10-year-old Freedom and Citizenship program is aimed at introducing promising minority, immigrant and low-income New York City teens to an intense, highbrow college life that few in their families or neighborhoods have experienced. Unlike programs at other colleges and universities, the curriculum focuses on major Western philosophical thinkers and writers via a “great books” program that Professor Roosevelt Montás, who directs Columbia’s Center for the Core Curriculum, considers critical to students’ intellectual development. Montás believes core studies create an equal playing field for underrepresented students by exposing them to big questions about human experience that they might not encounter otherwise. Read More