St. John’s College offering free summer lecture series in Santa Fe

St. John’s College offering free summer lecture series in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The St. John’s College Graduate Institute is inviting the public to attend a free summer lecture series. Five lectures will be offered through July.


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The lectures, as described by St. John’s College are:

July 1: (4:15 p.m.),Dr. Daniel Breyer, Professor of Philosophy, Illinois State University, “Cross-Cultural Philosophy as a Great Conversation

“In this talk, I’ll explore the nature of cross-cultural philosophy, contrasting it with superficially similar approaches to doing philosophy (like comparative philosophy, intellectual history, and world philosophy) and making the case that we should view cross-cultural philosophy as a great conversation. To make that case, I’ll also explore a few different ways of thinking about what philosophical conversations are and what might make them great,” says Breyer.

July 9: (1:00 p.m.), Steve Isenberg and Mike Peters, “Perspectives on Ukraine”

Mike Peters is President Emeritus of St. John’s College Santa Fe. He is a retired Army Colonel with duty in Vietnam, Operation Just Cause Panama and Operation Desert Shield. He was also a Soviet/Russian specialist serving as an attaché in Moscow, as a liaison officer to the Soviet Forces in East Germany and at the Pentagon. Prior to St. John’s, he was Executive Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Steven Isenberg is a former newspaper publisher, chief of staff for NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay, a university president and professor of humanities and executive director of PEN America, the literary human rights group. Isenberg is a senior advisor to the Committee to Protect the Journalists and an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

July 17: (4:15 p.m.), St. John’s College Tutor Claudia Hauer, “Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

July 24: (4:15 p.m.), St. John’s College Tutor April Olsen, “Nagarjuna

July 31: (4:15 p.m.), Dr. Duane Roller, Professor Emeritus of Classics, Ohio State University, “On Cleopatra

“The Graduate Institute is proud to offer this series of lectures free to our students, alumni and friends,” David Carl, the associate dean for the graduate programs in Santa Fe, said in a press release. “While classes at St. John’s generally proceed through discussion among students, the lectures provide an opportunity for participants to hear an extended account from someone with considerable learning.”

The lectures are free on a first-come, first-served basis. The full schedule can be found at this link. The lectures will also be streamed on YouTube at this link.

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