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Exhibits in the Greenfield Library

"LIving In the In-Between": Celebrating 50 Years of the Graduate Institute

August 24, 2017 – January 18, 2018

Santa Fe Campus Winter
Aerial view of Santa Fe Campus, [ca. 1964]
Annapolis Graduate Institute Students
Grace McNeley and Charles A. Richardson Students of the first Summer Graduate Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, 1977
Annapolis Graduate Institute Center Barr-Buchanan
Barr-Buchanan Center, home of the Graduate Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, [ca. 1977]

Emily Langston, Associate Dean for the Graduate Program in Annapolis, aptly titled her spring 2017 Graduate Institute Convocation address “Living in the In-Between.” This title is very fitting for the Graduate Institute students as they have always been in the in-between here at St. John’s; they have been In the in-between in relation to being part of the “real” (working) world and the world of a St. John’s student at the same time.  Graduate students come to St. John’s in search of something more, a desire to engage with others and classic texts, “at a time of life when it is neither expected nor convenient” in order to become more free. For this very reason, for the dedicated students who deliberately attended or are attending the Graduate Institute, The Library celebrates the student’s commitment to liberal education as well as the founders and faculty of the program for the past 50 years.

This celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Graduate Institute includes a display of archival photographs and documents featuring students, faculty, and the curriculum through the years. Also on exhibit are rare editions of books studied in the Graduate Institute program. Included are an incunabulum edition of St. Augustine’s City of God printed in 1486, a first edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651), Plato’s Meno in ancient Greek (1578), Euclid’s Elements in Latin (1589) and an Italian edition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Prince (1747).