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

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

Introductory Mini-Seminars

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:

Registered participants will receive an email two weeks before your first seminar with a sign up link. Didn’t get the link? Request one at santafe.classics(at)

Introductory Mini-seminar Schedule
Day/Date Reading Time (MT)
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
  • No. 69—“The Real Character of the Executive”
  • No. 70—“The Executive Department Further Considered”
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey 12:45 p.m.–2 p.m.