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St. John's College, Santa Fe Community Calendar May/June 2014


  • In this Issue:Summer Lecture Series,Concerts, Theatre, Summer Classics, Film Institute, Greek Institute,



    MAY/JUNE 2014


    As experienced through the original works of the worlds greatthinkers, artists, and scientists, a St. Johns education isfounded on radical and innovative inquiry into questions thatare fundamental to human life. Students pursue this educationthrough thoughtful, lively, and participant-driven conversa-tions unconfined within the limits of specialized fields. Theyconfront important ideas for themselvesponder, discuss, cri-tique, and think beyond them. Students are invited to join acommunity of learners in Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe,New Mexico who are curious and passionate about the ideasthat have shaped the world in which they live. They graduatewith the ability to think boldly, collaborate effectively, and ex-plore fearlessly, ready for any path they choose.

    In addition to the undergraduate program, St. Johns Collegeoffers graduate degree programs based on these same princi-ples: the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, on both campuses, and the Master of Arts in Eastern Classics, on the Santa Fecampus.

    n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n FIRST GRADUATING CLASS WEIGLE HALL

    St. Johns College, SantaFe celebrates its first commencement ceremony.



    A ribbon cutting ceremonytakes place for the newly built administrative servicesbuilding known as the TowerBuilding and later renamedWeigle Hall.



    Originally called theTeachers Institute in Liberal Education, theGraduate Institute officially opens.


    Ground is broken in April for the Santa Fe Campus. Seventeen months later inSeptember 1964, the Collegewelcomes the first class of 88 freshmen: 55 men and 33 women.


  • 3 n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n SUMMER CLASSICSEASTERN CLASSICS PROGRAM

    Originally called "TheInstitute for the Studyof the Eastern Classics,"the Eastern ClassicsProgram begins throughthe Graduate Institute.

    The Summer Classics Program is established, bringing the St. Johns College experience to a wider community.



    Named after famed architect andcampus founder John Gaw Meem,the Meem Library opens. Mr. Meemgenerously donated the land onwhich the College sits.


    Master of Arts

    in Eastern ClassicsSt. Johns College

    St. Johns College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of thefounding of the Santa Fe campus. It was a bold and visionarymove to establish a campus in Santa Fe, offering our distinc-tive, and in many ways radical academic program to more students, and demonstrating conclusively that the St. Johnsprogram has no geographic or cultural bounds. The 50th An-niversary is an opportunity to celebrate this important step inthe history of St. Johns College. It will serve as a reminder of the lives and communities changed by the college and its distinctive, integrated academic program. From June 2014 to June 2015, the Santa Fe campus will host special events and programs celebrating its 50th anniversary. For more information, visit


  • 4SUMMER LECTURE SERIESJoin us for a series of informal lectures, sponsored by the colleges Graduate Institute. Beginning on Wednesday, June 18, the series continues for six consec-utive Wednesday afternoons, concluding July 23. Free and open to the public,each lecture is followed by a question-and-answer period.

    July lecturers include novelist, poet, and essayist N. Scott Momaday; MarciLingo of Bakersfield College; and St. Johns College tutors Jacques Duvoisin andJay Smith.

    What Hegels Reading of Newton Teaches us about Newton, Nature, and SpiritWednesday, June 18, 3:15 p.m.Junior Common Room, Peterson Student CenterJohn Anders, doctoral candidate in economics, Texas A&M University

    Hegels reading of Newton can be seen as a detailed working out of some problems inherent in the way Newton proceeds in Prop. 1 of the Principia.In particular, Hegel shows that Newton is wrong to think of centripetal andcentrifugal forces as separate, independent things; a complete account of plan-etary motions must include whatever third reality underlies both centrifugaland centripetal forces. Hegels reading of Newton also forms part of the transition from Consciousness to Self-Consciousness. Accordingly, when we understand the problems Hegel finds in Newton, we can better understandhow a natural philosopher is always investigating her own consciousness evenas she thinks that she is investigating a world that is entirely other than her consciousness.

    After graduating from St. Johns College, Santa Fe, in 2003, John Andersearned a master of arts in philosophy and in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. He then worked as an adjunct instructorat the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, while his wife earned her doctorate inEnglish literature there. Anders also recently earned a master of arts in economics from UNLV. While working on his degree, he published articles on issues in Aristotle, the history of mathematics, and logic. In fall 2014, Anderswill start a doctorate in economics at Texas A&M University. Aside from his academic responsibilities, John tries to balance child rearing with his love ofhiking, bristlecone pines, and keyboard polyphony. Usually the two year oldtips the scales.

  • 5Nagarjuna's Imperishable Promissory NoteWednesday, June 25, 3:15 p.m.Junior Common Room, Peterson Student CenterApril Olsen, doctoral candidate, Tulane University

    Nagarjuna was a 2nd century Indian Buddhist philosopher who articulated thedoctrine of emptiness (shunyata) and is traditionally regarded as the founder ofthe Madhyamika (Middle Way) school, an important tradition of MahayanaBuddhist philosophy.

    After graduating from Notre Dame in 2000, April Olsen spent a decade teachingmiddle and high school in inner-city Chicago and in rural San Diego County.She received a master of arts in liberal arts from St. Johns College in January2012, earning rare honors for her masters oral, The Philosopher-Physician ofNietzsche's The Antichrist. In August of that year, she earned a master of artsin Eastern classics, also from St. Johns. She currently is a philosophy doctoralstudent at Tulane University, where she is teaching undergraduate classes inBuddhism. Her academic interests include the psychology of punishment inPlato and Nietzsche and comparisons with Eastern thought.

  • 6BREAD LOAF LECTURESThe Bread Loaf School of English, a graduate program of Middlebury College, has been offering courses in literature, writing, and the teaching of writing at St. John's College for more than a dozen summers. The courses are augmented by lectures by distinguished artists and writers, which are free and open to the public.

    Luci Tapahonso, Navajo Poet LaureateTuesday, June 24, 7 p.m.Junior Common RoomPeterson Student Center

    Kylene Beers, Former President, National Council of TeachersTuesday, July 1, 7 p.m.Junior Common RoomPeterson Student Center

  • 7Music is a moral law. It gives soul to

    the universe, wings to the mind, flight

    to the imagination, and charm and

    gaiety to life and to everything.



    Chopin and DebussyPeter Pesic, pianoFriday, May 9, 12:10 1:15 p.m.Junior Common RoomPeterson Student CenterThere is no charge for admission

    Peter Pesic continues his tour of music of the 20th century with a program thatfeatures Debussys Mazurka (1891), Valse romantique (1890), Masques (1904), Lisle joyeuse (1904), and Images book I (1905), and Chopins Ballade in F minor, op. 52.

    Peter Pesic is a tutor emeritus and musi-cian in residence at St. Johns College,Santa Fe. He attended Harvard and Stanford, obtaining a doctorate inphysics. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He also is a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

  • 9Farm HallWednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.James A. Little Theatre

    Free, but RSVPs requested:

    The American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics presents a staged reading by St. Johns College students of Farm Hall, a new play be David Cassidy, the distinguished historianand writer.

    Its July 1945. Germany is in defeat and the atomicbombs are on their way to Japan. Under the directionof Samuel Goudsmit, the Allies are holding some of the top German nuclear scientistsamong themHeisenberg, Hahn, and Gerlachcaptive in FarmHall, an English country manor near Cambridge,England. As secret microphones record their conver-sations, the scientists are unaware of why they arebeing held or for how long. Thinking themselves farahead of the Allies, how will they react to the news ofthe atomic bombs? How will these famous scientists explain to themselves andto the world their failure to achieve even a chain reaction? How will they cometo terms with the horror of the Third Reich, their work for such a regime, andtheir behavior during that period? This one-act play, directed by Rory Gilchrist(SF