Summer Classics Resources for Registered Participants
Resources for Registered Participants
For those new to a St. John’s College seminar, you are invited to read this introduction to the seminar method—Learning Through Conversation.
Online St. John’s College seminars are in their essence the same format of an in-person seminar, so please know that although we acknowledge that this document speaks to the in-person format it is still useful for an online seminar.
The Zoom Guide for Seminar Participants contains some technical instructions as well as helpful hints for participating in a St. John's College seminar hosted on the Zoom platform.
Lectures and Virtual Events
- 2020 Summer Lecture Series—Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. MT
Hosted by the St. John’s Graduate Institute
- Caffeine Classics with Carolyn—Tuesdays, July 14 & 21, 9–9:45 a.m. MT
Join on Zoom to chat and ask questions
Meeting ID: 948 4711 5769
- Quaran-tini—Thursdays, July 9, 16 & 23, 5–6 p.m. MT
Join on Zoom for a social hour with a cocktail or mocktail of your choice, perhaps with a literary theme!
Meeting ID: 969 6295 6035
Weekly Class First Meeting
Each week, tutors will host a 30-minute Sunday afternoon Zoom meeting before the first Monday seminar. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation before their meeting by email.
- If you are enrolled in a morning class, the Sunday meeting is at 3 p.m. MT
- If you are enrolled in an afternoon class, the Sunday meeting is at 4 p.m. MT
If you have never participated in a St. John’s seminar before or unsure how it will all work on a screen, please consider taking part in one of our introductory mini-seminars. Each will begin with a brief initiation into the use of Zoom, followed by an equally brief talk on “how to do seminar,” and then a practice seminar that will last about an hour.
The readings offered are short:
- “Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Republic
An endlessly rich parable and perhaps the most important thing ever written on liberal education
- Plato’s Crito
Socrates explains why he will obey the law and not escape his prison and certain death
- The Federalist Papers
Alexander Hamilton lays out “the real character of the Executive” in this country
- Wordsworth’s Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
A lyrical meditation on nature, time, and memory
|July 4, 11, 18||Plato, “Allegory of the Cave”
Republic, beginning of Book 7 (514a-520d)
|11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.|
|Plato, Crito||12:45 p.m.–2 p.m.|
|July 5, 12, 19||The Federalist Papers
||11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.|
|Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey||12:45 p.m.–2 p.m.|