The summer lectures, held on the Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses on Wednesdays, are free and open to the public.
In the summer of 1967, on the three-year-old St. John’s Santa Fe campus, the Graduate Institute came to life as the Teachers Institute. The GI, as we know it during this 50th anniversary, offers a master of arts in liberal arts on both campuses year-round. In 1994, Santa Fe established a master of arts in Eastern classics. History
Graduate Institute 50th Events
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduate Institute (GI), events will be held during Homecoming festivities. Registration is required.
Questions regarding events should be directed to the Alumni Office.
Friday, September 8
President’s Reception for GI Alumni: As part of Homecoming festivities in Annapolis, a reunion party for all GI alumni will be held at the Barr-Buchanan Center. This event will feature remarks about the first years of the GI from retired tutor Elliott Zuckerman, who was instrumental in its founding and took over the directorship in 1968.
Saturday, September 9
- Two GI alumni seminars will take place during Homecoming:
- Seminar: “Grecian Urn” and “To Autumn,” by John Keats, led by David Townsend
- Seminar: Abraham Lincoln’s “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838,” led by Eva Brann (H89)
- All-College GI 50th Anniversary Celebration | 5:30–6:45 p.m. | FSK Lobby
Join us for opening remarks from Emily Langston, associate dean for graduate programs, and a keynote address by retired tutor and honorary alumnus Geoff Comber, whose efforts in the late 1970s brought the GI to the Annapolis campus. A toast will follow, plus music by the St. John’s Chorus.
- Alumni Association Awards Banquet | 7–9:15 p.m. | Iglehart Gym
During the banquet, GI alum Ben Sasse (AGI98) will be presented the Award of Merit.
Friday, September 15
As part of Homecoming festivities in Santa Fe, a reunion party for all GI alumni will be held.
Saturday, September 16
- Three GI alumni seminars will take place during Homecoming:
- Seminar: “Burnt Norton,” first poem in The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, led by Philip LeCuyer
- Seminar: the film “Cool Hand Luke” by Stuart Rosenberg, led by David Carl
- Seminar GI Eastern Classics: Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Chapters 1-3, translated by Burton Watson, led by Michael Wolfe (SF94)
- All-College GI 50th Anniversary Celebration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Meem Placita
Join us for a welcome from President Mark Roosevelt, opening remarks on the current state and future plan for the GI from associate dean David McDonald, and a keynote speech by tutor Cary Stickney. A toast will follow, plus music by the St. John’s string band as led by Stickney and tutor emeritus Bill Donahue.
- Alumni Association Awards Banquet | 7–9 p.m. | Great Hall
During the banquet, GI alum Jason Viseltear (SFGI96) will be presented the Award of Merit.