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Saturday Seminars in Annapolis

Spend a Saturday reading and discussing timeless works of literature, poetry, history, and philosophy. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, Saturday Seminars is a one-day program that features morning and afternoon seminars on classic works drawn from the St. John’s College curriculum or a reading chosen for the author’s thoughts and ideas which have universal relevance. Led by St. John’s faculty members, the Saturday Seminars program offers community members the opportunity to experience the St. John’s educational program. All ages are welcome. No degrees are required, only an interest in thoughtful reading and discussion. Learn more about seminars at St. John’s.

A Day of Favorites:
Selections by President Christopher B. Nelson

Christopher B. Nelson

Robert Frost. Martin Luther King, Jr. James Joyce. Plato. Abraham Lincoln.

These great authors are just a few of St. John’s College Annapolis President Christopher B. Nelson’s favorites—the theme of this year’s Saturday Seminars.

Join members of the St. John’s faculty for an afternoon devoted to reading and discussing works by these renowned authors in honor of Chris Nelson, who will retire this spring after more than 25 years as St. John’s president of the Annapolis campus.

Saturday, February 11
Welcome reception and toast at 1 p.m.; seminars from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mellon Hall, St. John’s College in Annapolis
Cost: $50

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Gifts and proceeds from the event will benefit the Christopher B. Nelson Scholarship Endowment Fund at St. John’s College.


Plato’s Apology
Tutor: Michael Dink

James Joyce: “The Dead”
Tutor: John Verdi

Martin Luther King. Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Tutors: David Townsend and Robert Abbott

Italo Calvino’s The Non-Existent Knight
Tutor: SJC President Christopher Nelson

Robert Frost’s Death of a Hired Man
Tutor: Eva Brann

Abraham Lincoln’s “The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions” (before the Springfield Young Men’s Lyceum, 1838); “A House Divided” (before Republican Convention, 1858); Final Emancipation Proclamation, 1863; Gettysburg Address, 1863; Second Inaugural Address, 1865.
Tutors: George Russell and Deborah Axelrod

Seminar For Younger Readers (Ages 13 to 18)

Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas—CLOSED

For more information, contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 410-626-2881.

For this event, refunds will only be issued due to inclement weather. The snow date is Sunday, February 12. Should both dates be affected by weather, refunds will be issued.