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…

Scientific Inquiry: Beyond Merely Arriving at the Truth

Johnnies want to know why we believe what we believe. The Admissions Office was given a special inside tour of the labs with new Director of Labs, John Balwit. Thoughts about the St. John’s College Lab Program  by Tutor Llyd Wells: In the modern world, there are so many things we know without knowing how…

Martin Luther King, and W.E.B. DuBois

Along with the rest of the country, I’m thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King today. MLK day is a day to not only remember the incredibly important work done in the African American community through the civil rights movement, but it also reminds me of what it means to be an American, to be discerning…

Our Favorite Program Ghosts

Halloween season is upon us, and I thought it might be a good time to share some of our office’s favorite ghostly characters in the books we explore on the St. John’s program. While many of the stories that we read are not “ghost stories” in the modern sense, many things that happen in the…

Beethoven’s Third Symphony!

Student Life invited the entire St. John’s College Community to attend The Lensic’s Heroic Beethoven concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica on Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00pm. Tickets were donated to the college by ProMusica and The Lensic Performing Arts Center!  Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony is particularly significant work to the college because everyone studies…

Seminar Skills: Thinking Interdisciplinarily

I was recently able to sit in on a presentation about college admissions for students and parents, focused primarily on liberal arts education. The speaker addressed the parents in the room and asked how many of them had heard of the job Social Media Manager ten years ago. User Experience Designer? Cloud developer? These are…