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Inquiring into the Origins of Politics, Poetry, and Mathematics
July 14–20, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM
What are the origins of human society, language, and knowledge? Through classical works of history, philosophy, religion, mathematics, and poetry, we will explore the idea of the beginning. We encounter a range of classic “beginnings” in an effort to understand the diverse ways that they shape our experience of the world—from beginnings in time, such as political and religious foundings, to timeless beginnings, such as mathematical and philosophical first principles, to the creative and imaginative powers of poetry. Beginnings in a work of mathematics and in a work of religious narrative, for example, may connect in ways that we do not anticipate. Each text studied will stake out a different, often startling, approach to this fundamentally human concern with the origin of things.
Classes and Readings
The book of Genesis
Plutarch, Life of Romulus
Poetry by Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Dickinson
Archery, pottery, drumming
Visit cave dwellings at Bandelier National Monument, tour the historic Santa Fe Plaza
July 28–August 3, 2019Technology and Transcendence: Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition
June 30–July 6, 2019Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law
July 7–13, 2019Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society
The community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas shared in the classroom. To further nurture a sense of community, Summer Academy students participate in non-academic workshops such as archery, yoga, and cooking. Off campus excursions will include a trip to Ghost Ranch and a performance at the Santa Fe Opera.