About Summer Classics


Beginning with our first seminar in 1990 on Thucydides’ The History of the Peloponnesian War, Summer Classics has delivered lively, in-depth and highly participatory discussions modeled after those of the St. John’s Great Books program. 

An Incomparable Learning Experience

Whether you are new to the Summer Classics program or a returning participant, the seminars are an incomparable learning experience. Previous knowledge of the author, text or subject is not required. In fact, participants refer only to works the group reads and studies together, creating a conversation in which everyone can engage and be engaged.

The Summer Classics Seminar

The weeklong seminars are limited to groups of 18 participants, each led by two members of the St. John’s College faculty. The seminar begins with an opening question offered by the faculty, who then guide the subsequent shared discussion. Ultimately, a Summer Classics’ seminar discussion is an equally distinct and universal platform for ideas that continue to shape our world.

Additional Information

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