Salomon Cordova is a Native New Mexican of First Nations, Spanish, and Caucasian descent. His interest in civil service led him to join the USAF at age 18. After six years Mr. Cordova left the service with an honorable discharge and began to pursue his personal dreams. Now, as a self-made visionary artist, shaman, and universal citizen he believes that, “It is important for us to learn from our history, but it is equally important that we do not limit ourselves to the pre-established order of that history. Now more than ever humanity is tasked with understanding our relationship to the world and all that exists within it. And now is the time to redefine our ethical standards to include the various modes of life that coexist with us.”
College History Task Force
Steven Crockett has been a Tutor at St. John’s College for some 20 years. He studied music at Earlham College, cultural history at the University of Chicago, and law at Yale. For 28 years he was an attorney at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, representing the agency in the federal Courts of Appeals, and helping to revise the way nuclear power plants are licensed. He has given lectures and preceptorials on Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Tocqueville, the Electoral College, and the difficulties of designing democratic voting procedures.
Howard Fisher taught at St. John’s in Annapolis from 1965 to 2002 and in Santa Fe from 2002 to 2007; he became tutor emeritus in 2007. Before joining the St. John’s faculty he studied philosophy and physics at the University of Rochester and worked as a technician in the cyclotron laboratories of both the University of Rochester and Harvard University. In 1981–82 he was Visiting Senior Member at Linacre College, Oxford. He has written on Faraday, Maxwell, and Galileo, and has presented talks at universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Leslie is the Founder and CEO of Different, a platform built for research, analysis and investment in venture funds. Prior to that, she was a Partner in Sawari Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm investing across the Middle East/North Africa, and an advisor to Flat6Labs, an accelerator for seed stage startups. Leslie has served on the Board of UP Global, a network of startup community leaders, and Ubongo, a leading children’s edutainment company in Africa. She is an alumna of St. John’s College, and is Vice Chair of its Board of Visitors and Governors.
Jordan Klein is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at St. John’s College Annapolis. Previously he worked in the financial aid office at Anne Arundel Community College. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park. As an Annapolis native and employee of the college, Jordan is excited to have the opportunity to learn and teach others about the history of St. John’s College.
Emily A. Murphy, SJC class of 1995, and author of “A Complete and Generous Education”: 300 Years of Liberal Arts at St. John’s College, Annapolis, holds an MA from Penn State and a Ph.D. from Boston University in American Studies. She has worked in public history for nearly thirty years at historic house museums, government archives, and currently as a National Park Service curator on projects including the Black Baltimore study at the Maryland State Archives, living history programs about enslaved African Americans at the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis. a walking tour on Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts, and a women’s history exhibit at the Lexington (MA) Historical Society.
A Maryland native and a junior at SJC, I am currently employed by a historic restoration company based in Virginia. Working on sites like Montpelier and the Menokin house, which were constituted centuries ago has been remarkable yet eye opening. I have been a participant in a series of UNCF led seminars. We read a canon of African American authors posing the question, “What is Freedom?” Life is ever-evolving and always in flux, so why seek to preserve the past? To know the roads that led to the present informs our behavior in this moment to inspire a direction for the future. The mission is to observe history and dissolve hatred.
Jennifer Sprague, a graduate of both the Liberal Arts and Eastern Classics Master’s programs, worked as a librarian in Minneapolis, Tokyo, and New York City prior to becoming the director of St. John’s College Meem Library in 2002. In conjunction with the celebration of the Santa Fe campus’ 50th Anniversary in 2014, Jennifer worked with local and state organizations to research and document our campus history, ultimately resulting in its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Adrian Trevisan A84 recently completed an MS in Historic Preservation and holds an MA in International Economics from earlier studies. He has read every history of SJC he’s been able to find—Including Gehnrich’s Master’s thesis on President Amos W. W. Woodcock, 1903, the last Old Program President—and looks forward to learning more. Prior to joining the BVG, he served as President of the Alumni Association, focusing that organization on improving alumni engagement to revitalize our unique educational institution. He lives by the words of R. Graham Moss 1911, “St. John’s Forever!” and sees this project as a vital part of ensuring the college’s future.
Katarina Wong attended both campuses while a student at St. John’s, graduating in Annapolis. She is a visual artist, writer, and arts administrator based in New York City. Her artwork has been shown internationally, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, and Entrepreneur, among others. She is currently working on a memoir about her experience as a first-generation American of Cuban and Chinese descent. Katarina holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland and a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School, focusing on Buddhist Studies.