Summer Classics: Now Online!

Online Seminars July 2020—Be connected. Be inspired. Be adventurous.

Recent attendees describe Summer Classics as a “mind-expanding, unique experiment in civil discourse, deepening the connections to what is essential and vital in humanity,” and contend that “St. John’s has faith in the life of the mind and will restore your faith as well.”

If you are looking for a community of learning who engages with great minds to better know themselves and our world, you’ve come to the right place.


A Summer Classics seminar is not a lecture, nor is it a book club. At St. John’s, seminars are weeklong lively, in-depth, and highly participatory conversations on enduring works of art, literature, philosophy, political theory, cinema, science, and more. Beyond the learning that takes place from both the works and one another, attendees describe their experience as transformational and restorative.

Discussions begin with an opening question presented by faculty who Princeton Review has named the second finest in the nation. Everyone contributes to the conversation, whether they have expertise in the topic or not. For a personalized, in-depth experience, online seminars are limited to 12 participants.


This year’s theme, “Wanderlust,” provides points of departure for that span countries and centuries. We chart journeys in realms both literal and metaphorical: the lone sailor Ishmael’s voyage on the whale ship Pequod in Melville’s Moby-Dick; the passionate European sojourn of Mr. Strether in Henry James’s The Ambassadors; the merging of inner and outer quests reflected in 17th-century Japanese poet Basho’s travel journals; and the discovery of galaxies beyond the Milky Way through the work of cosmologists Henrietta Leavitt and Edwin Hubble.

What better way to social distance than to join this virtual journey with others through thoughtful, guided discussions?

SEMINAR DATES: July 5-10 | July 12-17 | July 19-24

2020 Seminar Catalog

Check out the great seminars offerings for 2020.

See the Seminar Catalog

Reconnect and Restore at Summer Classics

“It is a culturally, mind-enhancing week filled with wonderful conversation and enlightenment. The fellowship is as rich as the literature.”