About the Series
Conversations between great thinkers have shaped society for millennia. At St. John’s College, we engage in these conversations continually: through books, authors, and ideas that have shaped human history, which we read and discuss together. In this web and podcast series, St. John’s College faculty invite us in on these conversations, offering a personal seat at a table open to all—a table around which we seek wisdom through our shared intellectual history; around which joy is experienced as thinkers truly connect; around which the mystery of who we are as humans, and why we see each other and the world as we do, is explored with openness and curiosity. From the Ancients to the Moderns, from the West to the East, from the profound to the personal: this is Continuing the Conversation.
About the Hosts
Sarah Davis is a tutor at St. John’s College. This semester, she is discussing Aristotle in freshman seminar and Dedekind’s theory of numbers in junior mathematics.
Zena Hitz (A95) is a tutor at St. John’s College. This semester, she is performing Lavoisier's experiments in freshman laboratory, reading English poetry in sophomore language, and pondering Machiavelli in sophomore seminar.
Louis Petrich is a tutor at St. John’s College. This semester, he is exploring Euripides in freshman seminar, teaching Pascal in freshman laboratory, and leading a philosophy and theology tutorial in the Graduate Institute.
Krishnan Venkatesh is a tutor at St. John’s College. This semester, he is reading Austen in junior seminar, translating Molière in junior language, and leading a Chinese tutorial in the Graduate Institute.
About St. John’s College
At St. John’s College, we read and discuss 3000 years of great books—and conduct the great experiments that many of them contain. After class, conversations spill into the hallways, the residence halls, and into every part of our lives—and now into this web and podcast series. Our shorthand for this phenomenon is called “continuing the conversation,” and our faculty, whom we call tutors, don’t profess to have answers to the questions we explore.
The college offers three degrees: a BA in Liberal Arts; an MA in Liberal Arts; and an MA in Eastern Classics; a teacher’s certificate in Liberal Arts is also available. After graduating, our alumni are known for an increasingly rare skill set: disciplined listening, sharp analysis, precise communication, deep knowledge of (Western and/or Eastern) history, a clear-eyed understanding of human nature, and a stubborn refusal to fall prey to groupthink. Together, these qualities lead to successful careers as lawyers, judges, reporters, researchers, writers, scholars, educators, scientists, analysts, and more.