Joy of Reading

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 […]

Higher Education Music

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!

Students

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 […]

Liberal Education

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 […]

Beginnings Choosing St. John's Education Higher Education Liberal Education Seminar Students

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 […]

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Gateways to Philosophy and the Search for Truth

As the school year opens here at St. John’s, all of our new freshman and many of our new graduate students are reading two books in particular: Euclid’s Elements and Homer’s Iliad, two of my favorite books on the Program. Euclid’s Elements serves as an exemplar of guidance in an activity we try to undertake […]