st. john's college calendar of events fall 2010
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CALENDAR OF EVENTSSt. Johns College
August September October November 2010
Friday night lectures are held in the Francis
Scott Key Auditorium at 8:15 p.m.
August 27 The Beginning of the Beginning:
Reflections on Cartesian Method, by Pamela
Kraus, dean of St. Johns College, Annapolis
September 3 Does Beauty Have a Place in
Liberal Education? by Dan Harrell, St. Johns
September 10 Some Reflections on the
Phenomenon of the Beautiful, by Jim Carey,
St. Johns tutor
September 17 On Reading the U.S.
Constitution as a Great Book, by William
Braithwaite, St. Johns tutor
September 24 Dialectic, Virtue and
Recollection in Platos Meno, by Larry Berns,
St. Johns tutor emeritus
October 1 Hearing the Irrational: Music and
the Development of the Modern Concept of
Number, by Peter Pesic, St. Johns tutor
October 15 Tears of the Hero, Gilgamesh
and Aeneas: Experiences with Translation, by
David Ferry, Sophie Chantal Hart Professor
Emeritus of English at Wellesley College
October 22 Topic to be announced, by
Richard McComb, St. Johns tutor
November 12 The Tocquevillean Moment,
by Wilfred McClay, SunTrust Chair of
Humanities, University of Tennessee at
These concerts will be held in the Francis Scott
Key Auditorium at 8:15 p.m.
October 29 St. Johns College Concert Series
presents acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt, who
will perform Franz Liszts Piano Sonata in B
minor and music of Schumann, Mompou, and
Chopin. In addition to his international
concerts, Pratt has performed at the White
House and on national television and radio
November 19 St. Johns College Concert
Series presents The Happy Journey: An
American Music Celebration, performed by
the Western Wind, a vocal sextet devoted to a
wide range of a capella music. The sextet will
perform early American folk music, spirituals,
new American music, pop and jazz.
All events are held at
St. Johns College
60 College Avenue
All events are free and
open to the public unless
MEEt thE AuthOr:
During his 40-year career, Daniel Okrent
founded the award-winning New England
Monthly and was chief editor of the
monthly Life. He was an editor at Knopf,
Viking, and Harcourt. He was also the
rst public editor of the New York Times.
Okrent has appeared on television, in
documentaries, and even in a speaking
role in a Woody Allen lm, Sweet and
Lowdown. Okrent will talk about his new
book on Prohibition, Last Call, at the
Caritas Societys Meet the Authors.
Q: Novelist Kevin Baker in Publishers
Weekly describes you as one of our
most interesting and eclectic writers of
nonction over the past 25 years. Do
you agree? Why?
DO: It would be awfully vain of me to
endorse Bakers comment, but Im certainly flattered by it. One of
the blessings of writing books is being able to write about
whatever interests me, and I guess my tastes are fairly eclectic
or, some might say, eccentric!
Q: Any especially remarkable epiphanies while researching Last
Call? What surprised you about this period in American history?
DO: What was most surprisingout of hundreds of surprises
was coming to understand the breadth of the coalition that
supported passage of the 18th Amendment. It stretched from the
Ku Klux Klan (which was motivated by its intense xenophobia) to
the Industrial Workers of the World (who believed alcohol to be
a tool used by capitalists to suppress the working classes), and
attracted the womens
suffrage movement, the
Progressive Party, and
many other reform
groups along the way.
Q: Any memorable
individuals you met
during the course of your
DO: Three in particular:
Wayne B. Wheeler, the
political genius who
enactment of the 18th
Walker Willebrandt, undoubtedly the
most powerful woman in the country
during her eight years as assistant
attorney general in charge of
Prohibition enforcement; and Pauline
Morton Sabin, an heiress, socialite, and
Republican Party dignitary whose
vocal, visible, and ardent support for
Repeal made the entire Repeal cause
Q: Were you compelled at any point
to make Last Call a work of ction?
DO: Not for a second. Fiction could
never be as bizarre as the true story
of Prohibition! If I had a character in a
novel buying a prescription for
medicinal alcohol for $3 from his
physician, taking it to the pharmacy
and for another $3 purchasing a pint
of brand name whiskey, I dont think
youd believe me. Yet millions of
Americans did exactly that throughout the 14 years of
Q: Is the world of printed books and magazines approaching
extinction, to be replaced by electronic readers? Will this change
the way authors write and readers read?
DO: I think it isthough not by the e-readers that we use today,
which resemble whats coming in the next decade about as much
as a chisel and stone tablet resemble a modern printing press.
But the economic argument is overwhelmingly stacked against
print: if you believe even remotely in the efciency of markets,
eliminating the physical costs of manufacturing and distribution is
just too strong a force to resist. But what wont disappear are the
words, sentences, paragraphs, thoughts, ideas, and arguments that
are the substance of printed communications. Physical books will
remain for those who treasure them, but theyll be
correspondingly expensive. I think itll be similar to taste in boats:
if you have enough money, youll always be able to buy a wooden
sloopbut if you want to get from one place to another, youll
get a motor.
Q: Whats on your summer reading list?
DO: Among many other books, believe it or not, The Brothers
Karamazov, which Ive never read. Now, if I had only gone to
The Caritas Society presents Meet the Authors. November 14, Francis
Scott Key Auditorium, 4 p.m. See Special Events for details.
NEW ANNAPOLiS DEAN
PAMELA krAuS WELCOMES thE
COMMuNity tO CAMPuS
when she taught philosophy at catholic University in the
1980s, pamela Kraus occasionally attended Friday night lectures
at st. Johns. she didnt imagine then that two decades later she
would be chosen by her colleagues to be dean. as dean
ms. Kraus delivers the opening lecture for the academic year
and selects the slate of Friday night lecturers.
ms. Kraus, who became a tutor at st. Johns in 1985, is the
second woman to serve as dean of the college. pamela will be
an outstanding dean. one of the advantages this college enjoys
is the opportunity to appoint a dean from within the college
who knows the college best. i have had the good fortune of
teaching with her when i was a rookie president many years
ago, and i have continued to learn from her since, says
president christopher Nelson.
as dean ms. Kraus warmly welcomes the greater
annapolis community on campus. ive met people who,
when they see the undergraduate reading list, tell me they
wish they had attended st. Johns, says Kraus. here
community members can read and discuss great works of
philosophy, literature, history, and science through saturday
seminars, the continuing education & Fine arts program,
and the Graduate institute of Liberal education. i nd that
there is a hunger for this kind of education. people who
are busy in both ordinary and extraordinary jobs want to
know more, read more.
ms. Kraus is entering the rst year of her ve-year term as
dean. she holds doctoral degrees from the catholic
University of america.
Annapolis Dean Pamela Kraus delivers the opening lecture ofthe academic year August 27, Francis Scott Key Auditorium,8:15 p.m.
NOtED POEt SPEAkS At St. JOhNS
author, translator and poet David Ferry will deliver the annual
steiner Lecture at st. Johns college on Friday, october 15.
he will speak on tears of the hero, Gilgamesh and aeneas:
experiences with translation. on wednesday, october 13,
he will also give a public reading of his poetry (time to be
David Ferry is the author of Of No Country I Know: New and
Selected Poems and Translations, winner of the 2000 rebekah
Johnson bobbitt National prize for poetry, the Library of
congress, and the academy of american poets Lenore
marshall poetry prize. he is the translator of Gilgamesh (1992),
The Odes of Horace (1998), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The
Epistles of Horace (2001), and The Georgics of Virgil (2005), all published by Farrar, straus and Giroux. he is currently
completing a new book of poems and is translating Virgils
Aeneid and horaces Satires.
Ferrys other awards include the sixtieth Fellowship of the
academy of american poets, the teasdale prize for poetry,