Summer Classics 2022
Summer Classics 2023 July dates and seminar offerings will be available in February 2023. Check back in 2023 or join our mailing list to receive program updates.
Please note that the information below is for Summer Classics 2022.
Great Discussions on Great Books, Online or In Person
Week-long seminars in July 2022
Summer Classics is a 30-year-old seasonal program conceived in the spirit of lifelong learning. Our seminar rooms, whether actual or virtual, provide the space to engage in rigorous conversations on timeless works. It is here that we share the drive and desire to connect with others and discuss the world of ideas bound neither by time nor geography.
A Summer Classics seminar is not a lecture, nor is it a book club. At St. John’s, seminars are lively, in-depth, and highly participatory conversations on enduring works that span fiction and nonfiction, math and science, poetry and philosophy, as well as visual, cinematic, and performing arts. Beyond the learning that takes place through the works and with one another in seminar, attendees describe their experience as “transformational” and “restorative.”
What Participants Are Saying About Summer Classics
“A mountain-top learning experience featuring elevated texts and extraordinary students and tutors. With the virtual classes, it is a mountain-top experience available to professionals who don’t have time to make the physical trip.”
“The most rewarding reading/intellectual experience I know of; the world’s best vacation; the most wonderful way I know to make new friends of like mind and spend time with old ones.”
“Summer Classics is a rare opportunity to discuss subjects of interest in a small setting in depth. It is an antidote to the sound bite and a refreshing reminder that differing opinions can be expressed with civility and respect.”
“The richest dialogue higher education has to offer for anyone who wants to listen.”
“A chance to learn about something you don't know anything or little about. A chance to learn from others. A chance to stretch yourself and your own intellect.”
“Summer Classics is a wonderful way to explore a great work, because you share the exploration, the quest, with inquisitive and thoughtful companions.”