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St. John's College Welcomes the Community to Saturday Seminars
FOR RELEASE: December 8, 2008
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-626-2539
St. John's College invites the community to its Saturday Seminars, an opportunity to explore timeless, relevant questions through readings and seminars that make St. John's distinctive in higher education. The seminars explore seminal works by Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Isak Dineson, Sigmund Freud, Nathanial Hawthorne, and several other notable authors. Saturday Seminars are sponsored by the Friends of St. John's College and typically attract about 200 participants from varied ages and walks of life. They gather for coffee and donuts before joining groups of 18-20 for seminars led by a St. John's College tutor. The seminars will be held in McDowell Hall on Saturday, February 28, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Registration is required; the cost is $35.
This year, St. John's faculty members have chosen 12 readings from classic works of literature, philosophy, theology, politics, and science. Participants read the assigned works in advance, and then join with others on seminar day in a discussion of the work. No previous knowledge of the subject or author is required. All seminars are conducted by members of the St. John's faculty. Click here for complete seminar descriptions.
The readings include: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen; Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen; On Transcience by Sigmund Freud, and The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Seminars will also be held on works such as: "The Cooper Institute Address" and "The Second Inaugural Address" by Abraham Lincoln; "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor; Plato's "Apology" from the Trial and Death of Socrates; and August Wilson's play "Fences."
REGISTRATION: Early registration is recommended. The registration fee is $35 per person for each seminar. Click here to register online. All registrations must be accompanied by payments to hold your space. Phone registrations will not be accepted until after February 10. For more information and a registration form, contact Alice Chambers at 410-295-5544 or Alice.Chambers@sjca.edu.