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July 9-15, 2017 | Santa Fe, NM

How can one know oneself? What is the self? In seminar, we will read Plato’s Apology in which Socrates implores the Athenians to gain self-knowledge. Epictetus’ Enchiridion explores how beliefs affect emotions and perception. In the Katha Upanishad, we see how a young Naciketas bargains with Yama, Death, and manages to gain self-knowledge. In language, we will read poets’ beautiful and sublime treatments of our theme. Music classes will focus on Beethoven’s Eroica, perhaps the greatest piece of self-exploration.

Summer Academy 2016

Classes and Readings


Plato, Apology

Epictetus, Enchiridion

Katha Upanishad


La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Pascal, Pensées


Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 in Emajor, op. 55 (Eroica)


Archery, yoga, science tricks

Example activities

Visit Ghost Ranch and attend a performance at the Santa Fe Opera

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, yoga, and cooking. Off campus excursions will include a trip to Ghost Ranch and a performance at the Santa Fe Opera.