研讀雙週

An excellent tradition existed at some of Britain’s older universities, whereby a group of students was invited (often during the summer vacation) to spend periods of time staying with a tutor usually in a secluded location (e.g., a remote hunting lodge in the highlands of Scotland) for the purpose of quiet, undisturbed reading, breaking for occasional coffee or tea intermissions, and a simple mid-day meal. The company would include one or more older scholars who would guide the reading, or initiate discussion about the books being read. This served several purposes. It nurtured young students in the habit of calm and focused reading; it gave them the opportunity to do this with a group of peers, and thereby encounter new people with shared interests, and enter into fruitful communication with new ways of thinking; and all of this took place with the informal engagement and guidance of a more experienced reader. Our reading fortnights will alternate between New Zealand and Hong Kong.