Great Conversations at St. John’s College

The Great Conversation series is presented by the Friends Board of St. John’s College.

The Friends Board of St. John’s College is a group of local residents and college staff that develops and supports initiatives to strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between the greater Annapolis community and St. John’s College. Recognizing that St. John’s is a valuable educational, historical, and cultural resource, the board seeks to foster activities that reflect the college’s academic mission and enhance the quality of life in our community.

Proceeds from Great Conversation events support the St. John’s scholarship fund. For questions and more information, contact

2023: Bob Woodward and Governor Wes Moore

Bob Woodward
Governor Wes Moore

St. John’s College hosted a Great Conversation between two of the most influential voices of our time: Bob Woodward, renowned investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Governor Wes Moore, Maryland’s first Black governor and bestselling author.

Watch a video of the 2023 event

2019: Cal Ripken Jr. and Chris Wallace

Cal Ripken Jr
Cal Ripken Jr.
Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace

St. John’s College hosted a unique conversation between two legends: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles “Iron Man” and 2007 Hall of Famer, and Chris Wallace, veteran journalist and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace anchor.

2018: Andrea Mitchell and Judy Woodruff

Andrea Mitchell
Judy Woodruff

St. John’s College hosted a discussion with journalists Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, and Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, on March 18, 2018.

Listen to an audio recording of the 2018 event

2017: Tom Brokaw and Admiral Mike Mullen

Tom Brokaw
Admiral Mike Mullen

St. John’s College hosted a special conversation about the presidential election and world events with Tom Brokaw, veteran NBC Nightly News anchor and award-winning author of The Greatest Generation and Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, on February 19, 2017.

Listen to an audio recording of the 2017 event