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Hidden Powers: Uncovering forces in Shakespeare, poetry, and physics

July 9–15, 2023 | Annapolis, MD

What forces are apparent to all, and what active forces are hidden from us? How do we bring them to light and understand them in speech? Should we try to control them or explore them? There are hidden forces in nature, politics, and the soul. We will explore them by reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as poems and stories by Hopkins, Rilke, and Welty. In laboratory, we will consider Michael Faraday’s efforts to articulate and reveal the powers of electricity, magnetism, and light through experiment, description, and illustration.

Reading selections subject to change.

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Summer Academy in Annapolis

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.