Summer Classics 2021

Summer Classics: The Examined Life

Great Discussions on Great Books, Online or In Person

Week-long seminars in July

Four Weeks of Online Seminars

July 5–9 | July 12–16
July 19–23 | July 26–30

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Two Weeks of In-Person Seminars
in Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 12–16 | July 19–23

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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 shine a light on our world and ourselves, illuminating fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

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.”

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