Formal Lecture Series

Annapolis Campus Lecture Schedule

Lectures will be held virtually through 2020–21. They are free and available to the public. Information about access will be posted closer to the lecture date.

For more information on the lecture series, please call 410-626-2511.

Lectures are archived in the Greenfield Library and on the SJC Digital Archives site.

2020 Fall Semester

Lecture Schedule for 2020 Fall Semester
Date Speaker/Event Topic
August 28, 2020
8 p.m. ET
Joseph Macfarland, Dean
St. John’s College, Annapolis
The Christopher B. Nelson Lecture
“Our Polity”
September 4
8 p.m. ET
All College Art Seminar
For Annapolis students, faculty, and staff only
September 11 & 12
8 p.m. ET
Robert Druecker, Tutor
St. John’s College, Annapolis
“Looking in Freshman Lab—A Path to Experiencing the Blossoming of Things? A Two-part Lecture.”
September 18
8 p.m. ET
Anika Prather
Founder, The Living Water School
“Great Books as a Tool for Liberating African Americans”
September 25
8 p.m. ET
Ron Haflidson, Tutor
St. John’s College, Annapolis
“God and Ostriches: Queer Birds in the Book of Job”
October 2
8 p.m. ET
Patricia Locke, Tutor
St. John’s College, Annapolis
“Becoming (a) Woman in La Princesse de Clèves
October 9 Long Weekend - No Lecture
October 16 The Parker Quartet Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
October 23
8 p.m. ET
Mitchell Gallery Seminar On “Genesis” and Jacob Lawrence
October 30
8 p.m. ET
Chris Arnade
“Poverty in America”
November 6
8 p.m. ET
All-College Film Seminar Akira Kurasawa’s Rashomon
November 13 The Parker Quartet Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
November 20
8 p.m. ET
Bill Pastille, Tutor & former NEH Chair
St. John’s College, Annapolis
NEH Lecture
“Double Duty: How to Live in the Cosmos of Plotinus”
November 27 Thanksgiving Holiday - No Lecture
December 4
7 p.m. ET
All-College Film Seminar
(college community only)
BBC production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
December 11
8 p.m. ET
King William Players Live dramatic reading of Plato’s Symposium
Watch the performance and join the question period on Zoom:
Passcode: 439729 
When we take the Symposium off its philosophical pedestal, we see men whose various perspectives on love are formed by their own lived experiences. There is a risk in communicating something as personal as one’s views on love in a small room with only one’s friends, potential love-interests, and some wine. To consider this risk and these questions, we will be holding a short seminar-style question period after the performance to bring such a discussion to the fore.
December 18–January 10 Winter Vacation - No Lectures