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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 to Luke allow us to consider Jesus’ teaching of Agape.

SF Summer Academy 2017 Contemplation And Love

Classes and Readings


Plato, The Symposium


Sappho poetry

The Bible, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”

Shakespeare, Sonnets


Ptolemy, Almagest, excerpts

Example Workshops

Poetry writing, hiking, archery

Example activities

Take a tour of Historic Santa Fe Plaza and the Canyon Road art district

Summer Academy Sessions

Summer Academy in Santa Fe

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.