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.
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College invites the community to the "Chasing the Moment: Works from Annapolis Senior High School" exhibition on view from January 10 through 19. This juried exhibition of approximately 60 works includes paintings, drawings, photographs, and three-dimensional works created by students in the Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate Programme, and the Performing/Visual Arts Program. An opening reception will be held on January 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
(SANTA FE, NM) The History of Science Society (HSS) has awarded the 2013 Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize to Peter Pesic, a Tutor and Musician-in-Residence at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science.
Join the St. John's community as some of the finest regional vocalists, including the Queen Sisters, Chozen, the Gospel Truth, and the All Children's Chorus, perform inspiring gospel spirituals at the annual "Lift Every Voice" concert honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The community is invited to this spirited, uplifting concert, and to take part in seminars in which participants discuss a reading relevant to human and civil rights. The seminars and concert are free and open to the public and will take place on January 11 and 12.
"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity."
- W.E.B. Du Bois