Revolution and Rebellion
Session Full—Waitlist Available
Justice and Law
June 30–July 6, 2019 | Annapolis, MD
What is a revolution? Why do we describe some ideas as revolutionary? This session examines the concept of revolution by exploring its role in social, political, and scientific thought and life. The seminar readings consider the concept of revolution broadly and in a variety of contexts, while the language tutorial focuses on the American Revolution, as seen from both domestic and European perspectives. Combined with the study of the two radical shifts in scientific thought addressed in the mathematics tutorial, this session offers participants an opportunity to discuss and reflect more deeply on questions of change—constitutional and legal, imaginative and intellectual.
Classes and Readings
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Rousseau, Social Contract
Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murat
Founding American documents by Jefferson, Paine, and Burke
Copernicus, On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres
Croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing
Visits to American History Museum, Mount Vernon
June 30–July 6, 2019Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law
July 7–13, 2019Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society
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.