Democracy Seminar Students

Gridlock and the Art of Conversation

Gridlock in Washington, DC, has been the status quo for some years now. Our representatives from the two major political parties accomplish very little because they cannot talk to one another. They talk past one another to their local constituents, their financial backers, and active interest groups. They sometimes talk at one another when they […]

Liberal Education

Extreme Liberal Education

“Extreme” activities have come into fashion in recent years. Extreme sports, extreme travel, extreme survival expeditions now seem to be a fixture of the cultural landscape. Few know, however, that there is such a thing as extreme liberal education, or that St. John’s College has been practicing it for more than seventy-five years. What is […]

Beginnings Seminar

Back to School—for Parents!

Across the nation at this time of year, parents are sending their children back to school. Although all five of mine are now adults, I remember well the feeling of getting them all back into their school routines, and how their first day back seemed like a vacation for me! This feeling was captured a […]



I love beginnings. I love them because with each one I get to start over again. I get another chance to go straight or get it right. As the school year opens at St. John’s, the students will begin their reading and studying again—the freshmen with the Iliad, the sophomores with Genesis, the juniors with […]