(SANTA FE, NM) St. John’s College is honored to welcome Edith Pearlman, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for her fourth and latest collection, Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories. Mining a long and distinguished writing career, Ms. Pearlman will read from her oeuvre, muse upon the craft of writing, and happily answer the inevitable question, “Where do you get your ideas?” Audiences may be surprised at the answer.
(SANTA FE, NM) Nalin Ranasinghe’s reading of Shakespeare’s rancid comedy Troilus and Cressida explores the role played by Ulysses in engineering Troy’s fall. Although Troilus’ waning love for Cressida was re-kindled by her removal to the Greek camp, this second Hector is soon turned into a “dead man walking” by Ulysses. Only allowed to see Cressida through carefully framed perspectives from afar, Troilus—the last best hope of Troy—concludes that she has been monstrously unfaithful to him and pursues vengeance regardless of risk or responsibility. This device parallels the way Ulysses inclined Achilles towards spurning Polyxena’s love and fighting Hector. While Troilus’ and Cressida’s cynicism seems to differ sharply from Homeric heroism, closer reading suggests that the tragic wisdom of the Iliad is recast by Shakespeare in a less heroic key—one better suited to an age of commodity.
(SANTA FE, NM) The quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas in the lecture’s title has been made famous by Nietzsche’s having cited it in On the Genealogy of Morals (I, 15). Nietzsche’s purpose in citing this passage was to show that the Christian life is rooted in an unrecognized or self-ignorant spirit of hatred, envy, and revenge against those who are strong, powerful, and magnanimous. In the lecture, professor Lehrberger first will develop Nietzsche’s analysis of the roots of Christian morality which he sees Aquinas as witnessing. Next, he will turn to Aquinas’ teachings on these same topics and then compare and contrast the two thinkers’ teaching: Christian virtues and vices versus strong or weak life values. Finally, he will conclude by showing that, despite their real differences, Nietzsche and Aquinas have far more in common than is generally recognized.
(SANTA FE, NM) The producers of Music on The Hill, the great summer outdoor series brought to you by St. John’s College, has been Elevated to an intimate indoor club setting, featuring the finest in contemporary jazz.
(SANTA FE, NM) Mike Peters, president of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, has joined over 170 college and university presidents from across the country in signing an open letter regarding gun safety legislation. The initiative was started by Presidents Lawrence M. Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, both in Atlanta, Georgia. The initiative calls for opposing legislation allowing guns on college and university campuses, ending the gun-show loopholes, reinstating the ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high-capacity
(SANTA FE, NM) 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. Please call 505-984-6117 to register for any of the seminars.
(SANTA FE) Heidegger famously begins his Being and Time by trying to reawaken the question of the meaning of being, which has supposedly been forgotten since Ancient Greece. This lecture claims that Heidegger answers the question of the meaning of being, but that the answer raises numerous unforeseen questions. Heidegger’s philosophy of being leads us directly to another classical problem that he discusses less openly: causation.
Polity Radio seeks to give a voice to the St. John's polity through radio. The submitted segments reflect the diversity of the students who submit them, and include readings of essays and poetry, music, student-written radio dramas, and more.
What: Evening Lecture
Title: Some Reflections on the Phenomenon of Beauty
Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
"Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone."