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June 25 – July 1, 2017 | Santa Fe, NM

Should we care about origins? This week, we’ll see that how we live, think, and love depends on our origins. In seminar, we will read Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, which dramatizes the origin of human knowing and striving. The first chapters of Genesis depict the beginning of the world, human beings, and transgressions. In the Zhuangzi, we will see that greater understanding results from balancing different perspectives. In math, we’ll study the first principles of Euclidian geometry, perhaps the real beginning of human understanding. In language, our readings will address the unending human yearning to grasp our origins.

Summer Academy 2016

Classes and Readings


Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Genesis 1-4

Zhuangzi, “Equalizing Assessments of Things”


Euclid, Elements


Blake, “The Mental Traveler”

Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”

Poems of T’ao Ch’ien


Archery, yoga, pottery

Example activities

Visits to Lake Abiquiu and the arts production company Meow Wolf

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 archery, pottery, yoga, and cooking.  Off campus excursions will include a refreshing visit to Lake Abiquiu and a tour of Meow Wolf’s immersive, multi-media arts installation.