Connecting Beyond the Classics – Sci-Fi Summer Book Club

By John Edwards SF GILA 2017 This summer I jumped at chance to lead a short reading group for some of our incoming Santa Fe Freshman. In my role in Admissions Operations, I work a lot more with data than with actual students, and as a Johnnie myself (GILA SF ‘17), I was missing the…

Goethe in a Box

A few weeks ago, we sent our incoming freshmen a surprise in a box. The box contains seeds, soil pellets, peat pots, plant markers, a mini journal/sketchbook, and some colored pencils. Our goal in sending this box is to invite students to step away from their screens and to observe and engage with plants and…

Our Favorite Fathers in the St. John’s College Program

Similarly to what we did last month in honor of Mother’s Day, we had to give a shout out to a number of the iconic fathers which make up the St. John’s Program. Some are adventurers, some are warriors, some are just supportive regular ol’ Dads, but we appreciate all of them and all of…

Summer Reading: Our First-Ever Virtual Book Clubs

While the bulk of us in Admissions are looking forward to the fall semester, we knew that we needed to something to continue our conversation with our incoming students throughout the summer. We came up with the idea to start online book clubs, in which incoming admitted students had the option to choose from a…

Our favorite mothers in the St. John’s Program

They say that behind every great character is a great mom. Though Hamlet may disagree, there certainly is no shortage of great motherly characters that we get to explore throughout the St. John’s College program. In honor of Mother’s Day happening this month, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite mothers in the St….

2020 Great Books Bonanza, part 2

What a contest this year’s tournament was! Thanks to David Conway’s expertise in seeding the event, we had some really interesting match offs and the end result was much different (and in some ways, the same) as our first bonanza last year. Let’s take a look at all of the winners in Round 1, first…

2020 Great Books Bonanza, part 1!

It’s time for an annual contest to see, once and for all, which Great Books author is the greatest of them all! This afternoon, we sent out this form to our counselors and admitted students for this year, where they would be able to cast their votes on the first round of this march-madness style…

On Second Thoughts and Second Chances

On January 18th, 2020, St. John’s College hosted its premiere TEDx event on the Annapolis campus. Contrasting the dreary and drizzling overcast, the banner on stage in the Francis Scott Key auditorium was comprised of multicolored ribbons. Though sparing and unglamorous, this well befits the St. John’s aesthetic: less glitz, more substance, more soul. (Socrates…

Raising The Persisting Human Questions

I would like to introduce you to the core, governing, visionary document of the college, The Statement of the Program:   Come back soon for the next deep dive about The Seminar.  

Classic Couples: our favorite love stories in the St. John’s Program

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating relationships and friendships of all kinds. With multiple millennia of plots to choose from, you can imagine that our program is loaded with tons of characters and relationships to explore. This year, we wanted to talk through some of the most interesting, from our perspective, on the program here…