A St. John's Education


1/17: Dean's Lecture Series: “The Blessed in the Kingdom of Heaven will see the Punishments of the Damned so that their Joy may be more Complete”: Nietzsche and Aquinas”

(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.

Originally Posted on admin, January 17, 2013

1/14: Music on the Hill Elevated

(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.

Originally Posted on admin, January 14, 2013

1/9: St. John’s College Joins the Call for Stronger Gun Safety Legislation

(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 

Originally Posted on admin, January 9, 2013

1/8: There is still time to register for St. John's College Community Seminars

(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.

Originally Posted on admin, January 8, 2013

1/4: Dean's Lecture Series: “Heidegger on Being and Causation”

(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.

Originally Posted on admin, January 4, 2013

Annapolis, Formal Lecture Series 2013-2014

Annapolis, Formal Lecture Series 2013-2014

Originally Posted on admin, January 1, 2013

Archive of earlier press releases

Originally Posted on admin, December 31, 2012

Polity Radio

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.

Originally Posted on admin, May 1, 2012

4/14: Aesthetics Lecture

Who: James Carey, Tutor, St. John’s College, Santa Fe

What: Evening Lecture

Title: Some Reflections on the Phenomenon of Beauty

Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College

Originally Posted on admin, April 14, 2011

St. John’s College presents Fall Art Show

Santa Fe – St. John’s College invites the Santa Fe community to experience the campus’ creative spirit at the 11th Annual Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Student Art Show and opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Originally Posted on admin, September 17, 2010

Fervor for Great Books and Big Ideas

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.

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"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."
- Tolstoy