Annapolis Executive Seminars

Executive Seminars Overview

St. John's College Executive Seminars aim to address fundamental questions of the human condition through a close reading and discussion of timeless great works of literature, philosophy, and political discourse. Faculty members, called tutors, meet with about 20 participants once a month for 90 minutes to discuss one of these enduring texts. The seminar discussion is exploratory; no previous knowledge of the author, text, or subject is required and participants refer only to books the group has read together. The tutors do not set an agenda of topics to be covered.

At the college, we believe that real learning happens when seminar participants take responsibility for understanding these beautiful but difficult works through discussion with others. In such discussion participants come to a deeper understanding of the reading and of the issues it raises. One of the tutors begins each session with a question that has no simple answer.

The character and course of the conversation are determined by the demands of the text and by the willingness of all members of the seminar to state their opinions clearly and reasonably. Such a discussion is not a debate: challenging the ideas of others or offering alternative thinking is encouraged, with insight as the goal.

For twenty years the college has offered seminars for professionals and executives in a number of cities. These seminars are specially structured to suit the needs of busy people who, immersed in careers and families, value serious conversation with their peers about ideas that have challenged humankind through the ages.

Theme 2014-2015: Leadership

The Executive Seminar for 2014-2015 offers a far-ranging examination of the subject of leadership.  Ten readings in nine seminars present different ways of leading that may be ruthless, selfish, power-oriented, unwilling, risk-taking, heroic, or transformative.  What enables inspired and transcendent leaders to emerge?  How do organizations, missions, and nations achieve a common purpose?  Do we believe that the happiness of the whole is at stake, and not just the happiness of a part?  Can we achieve effective servant-leadership and “leading from behind”?  Or are these modes impractical and foolish?  Is leadership a way of life or an acquired set of skills?  Are leaders born, called, trained, or tempered in the crucible of time?

Join us for the 2014-2015 Executive Seminar Program as we examine the virtue of leadership.

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For more information, contact:

Alice Chambers, Executive Seminars


Phone: 410-295-5544 Fax: 410-295-6935 

60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401