St. John's College Executive Seminars aim to address fundamental questions of the human condition through a close reading and discussion of great works of literature, philosophy, and political discourse. An Executive Seminar is neither a lecture nor a book club. At St. John’s, seminars are lively, in-depth, highly participatory conversations about the reading at hand. Discussions begin with an opening question that can take on a myriad of dimensions.
The seminar discussion is exploratory; no previous knowledge of the author, text, or subject is required and participants refer only to books/readings the group has read together. Conversations are not debates. Challenging other’s ideas or offering alternative thinking is encouraged as long as the goal is insight, not didacticism.