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Summer Classics 2017 Seminars

The 2017 program information posted on this page is an example of the type of seminars offered through St. John's College's Summer Classics program.

2018 Summer Classics seminar offerings will be announced on February 1, 2018. Online registration begins on February 1, 2018.

Week I: July 3–7

Morning

Socrates’ Forebears: Two Presocratics Heraclitus and Parmenides
Eva Brann and David Carl

William Faulkner’s Light in August
James Carey and Frank Pagano

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
Chester Burke and Cary Stickney

Willa Cather on Love, Happiness, and the American West
Claudia Hauer and Krishnan Venkatesh

The Upanishads
Patricia Greer and David Townsend

Virgil’s The Aeneid
William Braithwaite and Lijun Gu

Afternoon

Tolstoy: Tales of Death and Life, Passion and Heroism
Litzi Engel and David Townsend

FILM AT SUMMER CLASSICS

The Western: The Cowboy and His Role in Shaping the American Vision Through Cinema “Formation of a Genre”
David Carl and Krishnan Venkatesh

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Morning and Afternoon

SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Infinity in Mathematics from Zeno to Hilbert
Philip Lecuyer and Peter Pesic

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Week II: July 10–14

Morning

Classical Western Novels
Eva Brann and Janet Dougherty

Vladimir Voinovich’s The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Ivan Chonkin and Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector
Sherry Martin and Mike Peters

Plato’s Symposium
Judith Adam and Warren Winiarski

Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels, vol. 1 and 2., My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name
Eric Salem and Cary Stickney

“If Not Now, When?” Three Essays by Dogen
Patricia Greer and Krishnan Venkatesh

Goethe’s The Metamorphosis of Plants
Robert Abbott and Susan Stickney

Afternoon

Bach’s The St. Matthew Passion
Andy Kingston and David Townsend

FILM AT SUMMER CLASSICS

The Western: The Cowboy and His Role in Shaping the American Vision Through Cinema
“Expanding the Tradition”

David Carl and Lise van Boxel

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Morning and Afternoon

SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Alan M. Turing: Computation, Machines, and the Limits of Thought
Grant Franks and Alan Zeitlin

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Week III: July 17–21

Morning

Homer’s Odyssey
Eva Brann and Patricia Greer

Marcel Proust’s Finding Time Again
Victoria Mora and Peter Pesic

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Winter’s Tale
Natalie Elliot and Walter Sterling

Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Ron Haflidson and Krishnan Venkatesh

An Introduction to Carl Jung’s Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
John Cornell and Topi Heikkerö

Mark Twain: What is an American?
Michael Bybee and Michael Grenke

Afternoon

“In the Beginning”: Reading Genesis
Ron Haflidson and Zena Hitz

FILM AT SUMMER CLASSICS

The Western: The Cowboy and His Role in Shaping the American Vision Through Cinema
“The Last Stand”

David Carl and David McDonald

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Morning and Afternoon

SCIENCE INSTITUTE

In Defense of Flora: An Exploration of the Hidden World of Plants
Greg Schneider and Linda Wiener

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