Maestro José-Luis Novo, music director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and St. John's College faculty members will present "Why Bruckner?" a panel discussion of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony at St. John's College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Conversation Room in Mellon Hall on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The Orlando Consort presents their "25th Anniversary USA Concert Tour" at St. John's College where they will perform Renaissance favorites and songs from "Le Voir Dit" by Guillaume de Machaut. The concert, which is free and open to public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on February 14 at 8 p.m.
The Caritas Society of St. John's College, Annapolis, presents the Delta Blues and Dylan Déjà-vu spring fundraiser at St. John's College, featuring music performances by Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, an award-winning blues band from Boston; Washington, D.C.'s "First Lady of the Blues" Eleanor Ellis and friends; and Annapolis' own The Basement Band, playing covers of songs by Bob Dylan and the Band. The concert, which will be followed by a reception with the performers, will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
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
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.