The Hodson Trust recently awarded St. John’s College $2.5 million, with $1 million for the college’s internship program and $1.5 million for financial aid for undergraduates enrolled at the Annapolis campus of this independent, coeducational four-year college. St. John’s students pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides an in-depth, rigorous exploration of the most influential ideas as experienced in the original works of the great writers, philosophers, and scientists.
National Gallery of Art Senior Lecturer David Gariff will give a lecture on the "Dialogues: Words and Images in Art, 1500-1924" exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College. A specialist in modern and contemporary art and the art of the Italian Renaissance, Gariff curated the "Dialogues" exhibition, with assistance from Mitchell Gallery Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Conversation Room in Mellon Hall on February 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Boston University philosophy professor David Roochnik will give a lecture titled "Teleology as Death Wish: A Nietzschean Critique of Aristotle," 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, February 7 at 8 p.m.
St. John’s College is hosting Princeton University professor and author of the critically acclaimed book How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought, Leora Batnitzky, as part of the 2014 St. John’s College Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Professor Batnitzky will present “’Freedom Depends on Its Bondage’: The Return to Plato in the Philosophies of Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas,” on Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. John’s College campus (1160 Camino Cruz Blanca Santa Fe, NM 87505). The event is free and open to the public.
St. John's College invites the community to explore timeless texts and ideas by participating in a Saturday Seminar. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John's College, these seminars attract about 200 participants of various ages, experiences, and backgrounds. Participants join in groups of approximately 15 to 20 for one of nine seminars. Seminars will be held in Mellon Hall on February 22 (snow date: March 8) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants may continue discussions over a buffet luncheon in the Francis Scott Key Lobby following the seminars. Registration is required; cost is $50. Early registration is recommended. To view seminar descriptions, schedule information, and to register, visit www.stjohnscollege.edu, then click on "Events & Programs," then "Saturday Seminars." For more information: Alice Chambers at 410-295-5544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year the bell of St. John's College's McDowell Hall rings to mark an important rite of passage for seniors at the country's third oldest college. Approximately 108 seniors will be allowed one celebratory peal between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, commemorating the completion of the senior essay that is due that evening. The senior essay is an exploration of a book or a question that is meant to draw on all the skills cultivated in four years of reading and discussing great books.
St. John's College welcomes the community to participate in evening and weekend seminars and fine arts workshops, through its Continuing Education and Fine Arts Program. Engage in lively seminar discussions of classic works by Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Edith Wharton, among others. The seminars are led by a St. John's tutor. Participants can also immerse themselves in fine arts workshops such as "Portrait Drawing," "Landscape Painting in Watercolor," "The Craft of Story: Fiction," and others. Fine arts instructors are noted regional writers and artists.
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College invites the community to the "Dialogues: Words and Images in Art, 1500-1924" exhibition from January 31 through April 6. This exhibition surveys the history of the word-image relationship in art from the Renaissance to the aftermath of the First World War. The exhibition will encompass simple titles for works of art, the inclusion of words within images, literary descriptions of objects, visual illustrations of texts, and embedded texts inseparable from images. As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop. Families are welcome to the opening reception, which will be held on February 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Tulane University professor Richard Velkley will give a lecture titled "Why Does Heidegger Matter?: Leo Strauss's View" 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, January 24 at 8 p.m. Velkley received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and has been the Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Tulane University since 2007.
Boston University professor Christopher Ricks will present "T.S. Eliot: More Than One 'Waste Land'" when he gives the Steiner 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, January 17 at 8 p.m.