SANTA FE—St. John’s College will present “The Quest for the Islamic State—Past and Present,” a lecture by Hillel Fradkin, on Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall at the Peterson Student Center. Over the past two years, the Arab Middle East has been subject to a series of revolts popularly known as the Arab Spring. Where successful, these revolts overthrew existing autocratic regimes and initiated democratic electoral processes. To date, the main beneficiaries of these elections have been what are known as Islamist movements and parties connected with both the Muslim Brotherhood and so-called Salafists. In addition, the Islamist movement has had an important impact in other non-Arab Muslim countries, including Iran and Turkey. Traditionally these movements have been aimed at a reform of Muslim politics which had as its ultimate goal what the “Islamic State.” This lecture will discuss the present meaning of the Islamic State, its origins, its prospects, and its relationship to the experience of Muslim history and thought.
SANTA FE—St. John’s College presents “Mastery of Nature in Descartes’ Discourse on Method,” a lecture by St. John’s tutor Topi Heikkero, on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall at the Peterson Student Center.
(SANTA FE, NM) Parthenia is a quartet of viols currently very popular in New York City’s early music scene. In this concert, the inseparable bond between poetry and music is highlighted in a program that blends dramatic readings from Shakespeare and John Donne with intimate chamber music of Shakespeare’s London to create an evening of sung poetry and spoken music. The quartet—Rosamund Morley on treble, Lawrence Lipnik on tenor, and Beverly Au and Lisa Terry on bass viols—will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and actor Paul Hecht.
(SANTA FE, NM) John Agresto will consider what stands in the way of liberty and democracy becoming universal; what historical, political, economic, and cultural preconditions there might be for the growth of liberal democracies worldwide; and what we might learn on this matter from our forays into Iraq and Afghanistan and from the “Arab Spring.”
(SANTA FE, NM) St. John’s College honors outstanding New Mexico artists who produce exemplary work in the Spanish Colonial tradition, March 15-16. The event opens Friday, MARCH 15 at 5:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by the opening of the market itself. Individuals wishing to bid on auction items must purchase a bid ticket at the door ($10). The market continues on Saturday, featuring devotional works, tinwork, jewelry, straw appliqué, and furniture created by approximately 20 artists.
(SANTA FE, NM) St. John’s tutor, Jorge Aigla, celebrates the release of his 5th collection of poetry First Lie/ Primera Mentira, with a reading on Saturday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room on the St. John’s Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
SANTA FE, NM) St. John’s Tutor Cary Stickney describes this lecture as a way to read Ugolino’s self-portrait and offers the hint that Dostoevsky may help.
A 1975 graduate of St. John's College, Annapolis, Cary Stickney earned a master of arts degree in philosophy from Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet, in Freiberg, Germany in 1979. He joined the faculty of St. John's College a year later and served as the director of The Graduate Institute from 1994 to 1997.
(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.