Full Seminar Descriptions, June 23-27, 2014

Morning, 10 a.m. - noon

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Eva Brann and William Pastille

We will be reading stories told to each other to pass the time by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. They’re all, even the boors, loveable characters. For acute charm, plain high jinks, and what you might call deep fun, there is nothing like it. Those who want to will read a modern English text, but we’ll try our hand at reciting some Middle High English passages.

Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Louis Petrich and Robert Drueker

Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra is considered to be Nietzsche’s magnum opus. Much of the book deals with Nietzsche’s most difficult thought, the eternal recurrence of the same. However, that thought is conveyed not by philosophical argumentation. Rather, it is presented in the course of a philosophical novel, the only book Nietzsche wrote that has a narrative structure, in which plot, characters, events, and settings are central. Moreover, at key points in the narrative, we encounter images, metaphors, and symbols rather than arguments. Thus, as is the case with Platonic dialogues, sensitivity to literary aspects of texts is essential for grasping what this work is showing us.

Please note the afternoon sessions are no longer available: James’ Portrait of a Lady and Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Two Preceding Plays.

Transportation and Accommodations


The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is 25 miles from the Annapolis campus. Car rental and shuttle service to Annapolis can be easily arranged on the BWI website. Washington National Airport (DCA) also serves the Annapolis area, but is not as convenient. Limited public transportation is available within Annapolis by bus and taxi. For greater flexibility renting a car is recommended.


The Annapolis campus offers simple accommodations in its Gilliam Hall dormitory, located on College Creek. Guests may reserve a double or single room. All beds are twin size, and bathrooms are shared among eight guests. There is no telephone service, and guests bringing computers must provide their own Ethernet connection service (WiFi is available at other locations on campus.). Rates are $38 per person per night, plus a $12 linen fee. No meals are available on campus other than the breakfasts and lunches that are included in the Summer Classics tuition. There are many nice restaurants within walking distance of the college.

For off-campus housing information, please see the accommodations section of the St. John's Business Friends. General tourist information is available from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau at

About Annapolis

Founded in 1649, Annapolis is an historic seaport city situated on the Chesapeake Bay. It is the capital of the state of Maryland and has more 18th century buildings than anywhere else in the United States; three of these buildings are on the St. John’s campus. Annapolis is known as America’s Sailing Capital and is home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the Annapolis Sailing School (the oldest in America), and the United States Naval Academy.

The college’s Annapolis campus is located in the heart of the historic district, with art galleries, shops, music venues, hotels and bed and breakfasts within walking distance. From City Dock visitors can board a water taxi to area restaurants or a Woodwind Schooner for a cruise of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is 26 miles south of Baltimore and 29 miles East of Washington, D.C.

Fees and Policies


Tuition for Summer Classics is $1,250 per individual seminar, which includes registration, books and other course materials, lunches, and special events. A $250 non-refundable deposit for each seminar is required to hold your space(s), and in order for you to receive seminar materials.

Balances are due in Annapolis by May 15. If payment is not received by that date, you will forfeit your space in the seminar. Those registering after May 15 must pay in full at the time of registration.


Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and notify the Community Programs Office that he or she is a minor.

Multiple Seminar Discount

Those registering for two seminars on the Annapolis campus will receive a $100 discount.

Teacher Tuition Assistance

St. John’s College offers tuition assistance to a limited number of licensed teachers (K-12) and college professors. With proof of current employment as an educator, participants will receive a 50% discount off tuition. Discounts will be available for the first 10 teachers. No additional discounts are offered for multiple seminars.

Deposit and Balance

We cannot reserve spaces and enrollment will not be processed until the $250 non-refundable deposit(s) has been received. If full payment is not received by May 15, your enrollment will be cancelled and the deposit(s) will not be returned.


Cancellations made prior to May 15, 2014 will receive a full refund minus the $250 non-refundable deposits; cancellations thereafter forfeit the full payment. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Community Programs Office in writing (preferred), by phone 410-626-2530, or via e-mail:

Event and Seminar Schedule


Sunday, June 23 
3-5 p.m.
McDowell Hall

Opening Reception

5-6:30 p.m.


10 a.m. – noon and/or
2-4 p.m.

Morning Mingles with Continental Breakfast

Monday and Thursday
9-10 a.m.


Noon-1:30 p.m.



7 to 9 p.m.

Stargazing (weather permitting)

Mellon Hall Observatory
9 p.m.

Wednesday Night Lecture and Question Period

7:30 p.m.

Leadership and Strategy Seminar

4:30 – 6 p.m.
The Hartle Room, Barr and Buchanan Center
Reading: Xenophon’s Hiero

Contact Information

Community Progams Office