October 8-10, 2015





The online registration pages will be down due to scheduled maintenance on October 8, 2015 from 8 to 11 p.m. (ET). 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parent and Family Weekend is your best opportunity to get a taste of the life and the work in which your Johnnie in engaged. Through class visits, a chance to chat with our faculty, and a special seminar just for family and friends, you’ll get a sense of the vitality and richness of the St. John’s experience – and, of course, you’ll enjoy a wonderful visit with your Johnnie in one of the greatest vacation destinations in the U.S. 


Schedule of Events  Registration Information 

If you have any questions, please contact Lexie Haglund in the college’s Advancement Office at (505) 984-6104 or lhaglund(at)sjc.edu.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 8

Coffeeshop, Peterson Student Center
3 – 6 p.m.
Pick up your registration materials when you arrive on campus.

Observe a seminar
The heart of the St. John’s curriculum is the evening seminar. We invite you to observe your johnnie’s seminar, but keep in mind that only students and tutors are allowed to speak. Please contact your johnnie ahead of time to get his or her seminar reading, meeting time, and room number.

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Friday, October 9

Coffeeshop, Peterson Student Center
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Observe a tutorial
Parents are invited to observe Friday classes, which may include language, mathematics, laboratory, or music, depending on your johnnie’s course schedule. If you plan to observe your johnnie’s classes, please contact him or her ahead of time to get his or her Friday class schedule and room numbers. As with seminar, we ask that you observe only. You will have an excellent opportunity to be an active participant in the Parents’ Seminars on Saturday.

Campus Tours
Coffeeshop, Peterson Student Center, leaving at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Take a guided tour of campus facilities, including Meem Library, the Student Activities Center, the dormitories, Peterson Student Center, classrooms, and administrative offices.

Meet the Tutors Reception
Junior Common Room and Balcony,
Peterson Student Center
4:30 – 6 p.m.
This is an invaluable opportunity for parents to meet senior administration, faculty, staff, and other parents. Students are welcome to attend so they may introduce you to their current tutors.

Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series:  "Natural Science as Liberal Art : A Panel Discussion of the St. John's Laboratory Program"  
Great Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Peterson Student Center 
The Friday Night Lecture is an important part of the St. John's Program, and is well attended by students and faculty alike. Tonight's lecture will be a panel discussion led by tutors Cary Stickney and Chester Burke.

A panel of tutors from both Santa Fe and Annapolis campuses will discuss the eight page work "Light and Life" from Niels Bohr's book Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge.

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Saturday, October 10 

Parents’ Seminar on “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor 
Santa Fe Hall– Staff members will be located at the north doors of Santa Fe Hall to give room assignments.
9:45 a.m. – Noon
The seminar experience awakens an intense curiosity regarding the eternal questions of human existence, deepens one’s understanding of a text, and provides an environment for intellectual growth and personal enrichment. This is your chance to experience the very essence of learning at St. John’s College. Registration is required, and participants are asked to read the selected text prior to arrival on campus at least once. Led by members of the faculty, the text for this year’s seminar is the short story “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor.

(Please note that Parents’ Seminars are for Parents only, and students will certainly be happy to use this time to sleep in!)

Click the following link to download a copy of the text. A copy of the reading will be provided in your registration packet when you arrive.

Download O'Connor Text Here

President’s Lunch
Soccer Field
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Join President and Mrs. Peters for a picnic lunch as the formal events of Parent and Family Weekend come to a close. 

Gallery Walking Tours
Railyard and Canyon Road Arts Districts
The city of Santa Fe has long been a center for artistic expression. Parents are invited to take a self-guided walking tour of two of the main arts districts close to the campus, the Railyard and Canyon Road. Explanatory materials and maps will be available at registration. For more information on tour companies offering guide services by foot or by tram, contact the college Alumni Office at the numbers listed below. 

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