Community Seminars  2015


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Community Seminars are special opportunities for community members to read and discuss seminal works in the same unique manner as our students. Seminars are discussion-based and small in size in order to ensure spirited dialogue. There are topics to pique every interest, and for many participants the discussion-based learning model is an entirely new experience.

 

The Warrior's Way: Three films by Akira Kurosawa
Tutor:           Krishnan Venkatesh
Dates:          Four Seminars 
Saturday, March 14:    10am-Noon; 2-4pm
Sunday, March 15:       10am-Noon; 2-4pm
Cost:           $140

Teachers and student discounts available
                

Register Online 

Register by Phone: (505)984-6118
Register by Email:  ygruber@sjc.edu

The Warrior's Way: Three films by Akira Kurosawa
St. John’s College Tutor Krishnan Venkatesh will lead four seminars on three great samurai films by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai (1954), Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962). Although Kurosawa ‘s work ranges broadly among genres, he is best known for his vision of the samurai, usually embodied by the actor Toshiro Mifune. These films are poetic meditations on what it is to act in this difficult world, on how to live and how to die. Unforgettable for their action sequences, these films are also of tremendous visual beauty and subtlety, and also drip with sardonic humor. The two Saturday sessions will be devoted to the epic Seven Samurai, and on Sunday we will discuss the shorter, and quieter, Yojimbo and Sanjuro. Discussions will center on the nature of the samurai, but not as a youthful ideal -- for Kusosawa's samurai is a world-weary, disillusioned older man with few ideals left. Ultimately , what is a hero without illusions?

All three films are readily available for online streaming (recommended versions on Hulu) as well as on excellent Criterion DVDs. Please watch the films before class, twice if possible.


Native America: Coming Home from the War
Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony 
N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn

In the tumultuous history of Native America, World War II stands out as a pivotal turning point. As Native Americans played crucial roles in the American war effort, they returned home to even more poignant struggles with alienation and poverty and questions of identity. Two remarkable novels tell two very different tales of homecoming after the war: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn. Both raise challenging questions about what it means to be part of multiple worlds, whether the world of the Pueblo or the world of the United States, and what it means to come home, literally and spiritually. Silko is a New Mexico native and Momaday currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at St. John’s.

Texts are available for purchase at the St. John’s College Bookstore.

Tutor:   Greg Schneider

Dates:   Five Seminars
Saturday April 25:  10am-Noon; 2-4pm
Sunday, April 26: 10-noon 
Saturday, May 2: 10am-Noon; 2-4pm
                
Cost:   $175

Teachers and student discounts available 


Register Online 

Register by Phone: (505)984-6118
Register by Email:  ygruber@sjc.edu

Please call 505-984-6118 or email Yoshi Gruber to register for any of the seminars. Full-time teachers with proof of current employment can enroll in a Community Seminar at a 50-percent discount. Community Seminars are free to 11th and 12th grade high school students (limited spaces available).

Give the gift of education. Gift certificates available.

Full refund will be made to participants who cancel at least one week prior to the first seminar meeting.

Full-time teachers with proof of current employment can enroll in a Community Seminar at 50-percent discount. Community Seminars are free to 11th and 12th grade high school students (limited spaces available, so please call or email to secure your space).