Contemplation & Love
July 1-7, 2018 | Santa Fe, NM
What is the nature of love? We use Plato’s Symposium, an engaging exploration of love’s essence, as the framework to dig deeply into this question. The Symposium is the retelling of a party during which the host and guests agree to hold a speech contest in praise of Eros, the god of love. We hear six accounts of love including perspectives from a physician, a comedic poet, a writer of tragedies, and a philosopher. In the end the party is crashed by an intoxicated Alcibiades who shares his thoughts on the topic. In reading Ptolemy’s Almagest and observing the sky, we look at the beginnings of astronomy as an expression of the primal desire to know. Through the poems of Sappho and Shakespeare’s sonnets we examine love from a poetic angle. Parables from the gospel according Luke allow us to consider Jesus’ teaching of Agape.
Classes and Readings
Plato, The Symposium
The Bible, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”
Ptolemy, Almagest, excerpts
Poetry writing, hiking, archery
Take a tour of Historic Santa Fe Plaza and the Canyon Road art district
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 poetry writing, hiking, and archery. Off campus excursions will include a tour of the Santa Fe Historic Plaza and downtown museums and a walk through Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s art district.