Public Lecture: Roger Scruton, our annual Steiner Lecturer,
will deliver his talk, "Architecture and Aesthetic Education," at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 17th, in the Student Activities Center. This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as parking and seating are limited. (All other conference events require registration. Registration information can be found below.)
Featured speakers include:
Eva Brann, St. John's College, "Immediacy"
Please click here to download a current conference schedule.
We raise this question, recognizing that liberal education and the great tradition of the American liberal arts college have been put on the defensive of late. Small colleges across the nation have to make their case to students, to their parents, and to the public more urgently than ever. The causes of this crisis have been analyzed extensively: there is an emerging consensus that the rapid growth of consumerism amidst new economic challenges, and the fragmentation of general studies driven by professional training and specialization in the universities, have led us to undervalue drastically the humane goals of liberal studies. These causes are themselves symptomatic of a deeper crisis in our time, a crisis of uncertainty and disorientation affecting every field of human endeavor—scientific, social, intellectual, artistic, and spiritual. Precisely in response to this crisis, liberal education can reaffirm its relevance and purposes.
If space is available, there will be day-of walk-up registration, for a fee of $20, to attend panel and plenary sessions. This will not include any meals or receptions, which require full advance registration. Advance registration will be closed on October 9th, one week before the opening of the conference. If you wish to register, please do so as soon as possible. Faculty, students, and staff of St. John’s College can receive conference information directly from the dean’s office.
St. John’s College 50th Anniversary Academic Conference Travel & Visitor Information
Travel to Santa Fe
Most travelers to Santa Fe fly in to Albuquerque, about an hour’s drive away. At the Albuquerque airport, you may rent a car, or book a ride on the Sandia Shuttle (http://www.sandiashuttle.com).
You may also fly directly in to Santa Fe’s small regional airport. Flights tend to be a little more expensive, and relatively few airlines serve the airport. The airport is a 15-20 minute drive to town or to campus. The Road Runner shuttle service operates out of the Santa Fe airport, (https://roadrunnershuttleandcharter.com/). Car rentals are also available.
Amtrak also has train service to Lamy, a small community outside of Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. There is a shuttle from Lamy to Santa Fe. The Lamy Shuttle may be reached by calling (505) 982-8829.
Driving to St. John’s College
From Las Vegas and Cline's Corners:
Where to Stay
SHUTTLE SERVICE: Please note that the college will run a shuttle at regular intervals between the following hotels and the conference.
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza - 505-988-2811
Sage Inn – 866-433-0335
St. John’s College has a special arrangement with both the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel and the Sage Inn. Rooms will be available for a discount if you identify yourself as being part of the “SJC Liberal Arts Conference.”
La Fonda – 800-523-5002
Inn on the Alameda – 888-984-2121
All of the above hotels are close the historic center of the city, in close proximity to shopping, dining, art galleries, museums, and other activities. There are several other downtown hotels within walking distance of these (and therefore within walking distance of our shuttle service).
Questions about the conference should be directed by email to Paul Cooley in the Dean's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.