Freedom and Order
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Creating Laws, Government, and Society
July 7–13, 2019 | Annapolis, MD
Does freedom require order? This session examines the emergence of order out of chaos in the political, literary, and scientific spheres and asks whether governing structures necessarily restrict individual autonomy. Seminar readings focus on the foundation of societies or republics, and on the institution of laws and just forms of governance. The language tutorial explores questions of dominion and freedom through a close study of Shakespeare’s Tempest. The science tutorial thinks critically about organisms that form communities, as well as about the struggle for survival among individuals and species, inviting participants to broaden the discussion and push it beyond a purely human perspective.
Classes and Readings
Plutarch, Life of Lycurgus
DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
Darwin, Origin of Species
Shapiro, “Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms”
Croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing
Visits to the National Archives, Annapolis State House
June 30–July 6, 2019Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law
July 7–13, 2019Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society
July 28–August 3, 2019Technology and Transcendence: Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition
At the St. John’s College Summer Academy, the community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas formed in the classroom. To this end, Summer Academy students experience life at St. John’s by taking lessons in croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing. Students’ conversations about justice, nature, and law will continue as they are taken on a tour of the Maryland State House and attend a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company.