Learning and Technology

Last semester in Annapolis, the Mellon Foundation Study Group on Digital Technology took up the question, how do human beings stand in relation to technology? This faculty study group is being led by Cordell Yee, and its members include Louis Petrich, Sarah Benson, William Braithwaite, Catherine Dixon, George and Minna Doskow, and Eva Brann. The group will issue a report...
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Very Good Books of 2015

Lovers of great books also tend to be lovers of good books. Many of us just can’t resist hunting through the piles of books published every year for those that seem most promising. Here are a few books I read in 2015 that seemed particularly good to me. I’ll start with the most emotionally shattering book I read last year:...
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Sights and Sounds of the Season

Every December the St. John’s Collegium features musical talent by the college community. As we celebrate the beauty and wonder of the holiday season, please enjoy a minute of musical refreshment and a photo review of 2015 at SJC. Happy holidays, and best wishes for the New Year!...
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Giving Thanks

Like almost all colleges and universities in the United States, St. John’s suspends instruction for the Thanksgiving holiday so that students who are able can return home to celebrate with their families. There are always some students whose families live too far away to make travel practical—students from the other side of the country, as well as international students—and others...
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Honoring Veterans, Envisioning Peace

War endures. The oldest Babylonian tablets mark battles fought, both defensive and offensive, as does the Epic of Gilgamesh, the west’s oldest complete literary work. And the annals of western history never stop reporting on wars and rumors of wars. Douglas MacArthur once calculated that in 3,400 years of human history, only 239 had been years of peace. Some consider...
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Two Steps to Narrowing Down Your College Search

How does one begin a college search? Nowadays I often encounter high school students as young as sophomores who are starting to think about where they might go to college. Many of them—and many of their parents—want advice about how to wade into the ocean of information about colleges and universities that is already inundating them, and rises with each...
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Junior Johnnie Seminars

Homecoming at Annapolis was this past weekend, and I hope everyone who attended had as much fun as I did! It’s always wonderful to see old friends and introduce them to new friends, to participate in seminars on familiar books and unfamiliar books, and to enjoy a late summer weekend on our beautiful campus. For quite a few years now, our Saturday lineup...
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