Santa Fe Community Calendar

November - December 2014

For questions and comments, please contact the director of Communications, Gabe Gomez, at 505-984-6102 or



Dean's Lecture Series

Lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a question-and-answer period.

Friday, November 7, 3:15 p.m.
Galileo’s Hermeticism

Classics and History: Historical and Literary Contexts in the Reading of Sanskrit Texts
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Patrick Olivelle, University of Texas, Department of Asian Studies Rohrbach Memorial Lecturer 

Friday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Nighttime Walks with Proust

Part of The Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature 
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Patricia Locke, St. John’s College, Annapolis

Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Meaning of Rome

Part of The Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature 
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Michael Grenke, St. John’s College, Annapolis

Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
The “Turnings” of the Soul: The Five Mathematical Studies in Plato’s Republic VII

Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Mitch Miller, Vassar College, Department of Philosophy 

Friday, December 12, 3:15 p.m.
Did Euclid Understand Fractions? Do We Understand Euclid?

Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
David Pengelley, New Mexico State University, Department of Mathematical Sciences 


Wednesday, December 3, 12:10–1:15 p.m.
Peter Pesic in Concert

Peter Pesic, piano. Debussy: Préludes 1–6 (Book II); Chopin: Impromptu, op. 29; Scherzo, op. 20.
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Admission is free. 

Community Seminars

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.

Shakespeare:  The History Plays

Please join St. John’s College President Mike Peters and tutor Lise van Boxel as they lead two series of Community Seminars covering Shakespeare’s English History plays. High politics, shrewd statecraft, low comedy, and memorable characters all find keen expression in these plays.

Friday, November 14, 4-6 p.m., Shakespeare’s Richard II

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.-Noon, Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I

Cost: $125 for Friday and Saturday sessions.

Teachers receive half off the seminar price. Juniors and seniors in high school attend free.

The second series will be held on Friday, February 13, 4-6pm, and on Saturday, February 14, 10-noon. The February Seminars will be on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part II and King Henry V.

Please call 505-984-6118 or email Yoshi Gruber to register for any of the seminars, or go to seminar-series/. 

Experience the Liberal Arts

A Free Graduate Institute Event to Learn about the Liberal Arts Master’s Program
Saturday, November 8, 1–4:30 p.m.
Levan Hall

David Carl, director of the Graduate Institute, and members of the St. John’s faculty will lead a discussion on short stories by Jorge Luis Borges. This event is an opportunity for prospective students to participate in a St. John’s College seminar and experience the great rewards of dialogue as learning.

Light refreshments will be served following the seminar, during a panel discussion with St. John’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni about the life-changing experience of the Graduate Institute. Information about the application process will also be provided.

If you are interested in the Liberal Arts Master's Program at St. John’s College Santa Fe but are not able to attend the event, please contact Susan Olmsted to discuss a personalized visit.