SANTA FE--On Friday, September 13, poet, essayist, and translator David Hinton presents “Another Universe: Ancient China, Mind, and Landscape.” Drawing on his new book, Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape, Hinton explains how the ancient Chinese picture of the cosmos is fundamentally different from the picture that has dominated our Western tradition, and has produced the distinctive form of Chinese culture. However distant this culture may seem, it feels remarkably contemporary in our secular and scientific age. In this picture, the cosmos is a living and harmonious whole, constantly self-generating—and, so, female in nature—and humans are an integral part of that whole. With its focus on the interweaving of consciousness and landscape, this worldview is what we now call “deep ecology.”
SANTA FE—St. John’s College presents the Fall 2013 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series, beginning on Friday, September 6, with “The Active Struggle Against Evil: Solzhenitsyn’s Response to Marx and Tolstoy,” with Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures take place in the Great Hall at the Peterson Student Center, at 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s College tutor William Braithwaite will give a lecture titled “Is Obscenity Obsolete?” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
Domenic Iacono, director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries and curator for the “Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions” exhibition, will give a lecture titled “Karl Schrag and Atelier 17” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Conversation Room on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s College tutor David Townsend will give a lecture titled “The Declaration of Independence: Is That Philosophy, or Did You Make It Up Yourself?” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m.
St. John’s College welcomes the community to participate in evening and weekend seminars and fine arts classes, through itsContinuing Education and Fine Arts Program. Engage in lively seminar discussions of classic works, which include Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” and “Emma;” novellas by Thomas Mann; Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure;” the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; Darwin’s “The Descent of Man;” and works by pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus.
St. John’s College, Santa Fe, tutor Linda Wiener will give a lecture titled “Artistic Expression in Animals” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 6 at 8 p.m.
(SANTA FE, NM) St. John’s College Community Seminars are special opportunities for community members to read and discuss seminal works in the same unique manner as our students. Seminars are discussion-based and small in size in order to ensure spirited dialogue. There are topics to pique every interest, and for many participants the discussion-based learning model is an entirely new experience.
Harvard psychologist and author Irene Pepperberg will explore “Grey Parrot Number Acquisitions: Parallels with and Differences from Young Children” in her lecture at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m.
Pamela Kraus, dean of the Annapolis campus of St. John’s College, will deliver the opening lecture for the academic year. Her lecture, “Robert Frost’s ‘To Earthward,’” is free and open to the public and will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, August 23 at 8 p.m.
Read the op-ed by Christopher B. Nelson, Annapolis president, in The New York Times. Mr. Nelson responds to columnist David Brooks, who wonders how many schools prepare their students for "this kind of love"—a passionate intellectual and emotional life.
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law."