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St. John’s College

CALENDAR OF EVENTS March April May June 2013

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Friday night lectures are held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at 8 p.m. Members of the Annapolis-area community are invited to attend the question period that follows each lecture in the Conversation Room.

The King William Players, the St. John’s student theater troupe, typically presents two performances each semester. Unless otherwise noted, all plays take place in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For more information:

march 22 “Aristotle’s Method in On Respiration: The Origins of Functional Anatomy,” by James Lennox, professor of history and philosophy of science, University of Pittsburgh all events are held at St. John’s college 60 college avenue annapolis, maryland unless otherwise noted. all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

march 29 “What Does the Mathematical Physicist Know?” by Mark Sinnett, St. John’s College tutor april 5 “Sympathy’s Dimensions: Reflections on the Moral Philosophy of David Hume,” by Jeffrey Smith, St. John’s College tutor april 12 “Intellectual Sin,” by Philip Lecuyer, St. John’s College tutor april 19 “Why I Still Scan Verse or How to Sleep in a Procrustean Bed,” by Elliott Zuckerman, St. John’s College tutor emeritus

april 2 & 3 The Glass Menagerie at 7 p.m. april 19, 20 & 21 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m. april 27 and 28 Student Written One Acts. Saturday at 7p.m.; Sunday at 1p.m. in McDowell Hall.

Special events march 2 The Capitol Steps perform a fundraiser at St. John’s College, followed by a champagne reception with the cast. Proceeds benefit Caritas grants for St. John’s College students in need. See the article on page 2 for more information. april 5 & 6 In Vino Veritas features more than 100 wines grouped by regions as well as lectures, and hands-on workshops that showcase St. John’s alumni vintners and their wines. See the article on page 2 for more information.

Take Your money and run To The capiToL STepS! An irreverent musical-theater troupe from Washington, D.C. known for their hilarious political satire, the Capitol Steps will perform a lively review of songs and spoofs that ridicule public figures across all party lines. Sponsored by the Caritas Society of St. John’s College, the show is a fundraiser to benefit student financial aid. The performance will be followed by a champagne reception with the performers. March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance; $65 at the door ($35 tax deductible). To purchase tickets online and reserve your seating:, and click “Events.” For more information: 410-972-4505; or

Third annuaL In VIno VerItas This year’s In Vino Veritas wine tasting event on St. John’s Annapolis campus sets the highest standard for wine events in the Annapolis/Washington/Baltimore area. Featuring wines from St. John’s alumni vintners, participants may experience wines by the regions around the world in which they are produced, paired with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, and stations featuring craft beers. Participants may attend a panel discussion with St. John’s alumni winemakers discussing their craft, workshops such as “Italian Cheese and Wine Pairing” and “The Chemistry of Food and Wine Pairing,” and a vertical tasting of current Stag’s Leap wines. In addition, there will be a raffle and a silent auction to raise funds for St. John’s student

scholarships. Auction items will offer bidders unique experiential adventures, such as a tour of the NBC studios in Washington, D.C. April 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Francis Scott Key Lobby. Tickets: $45 for general admission; plus $35-$50 for workshops; $50 for raffle tickets. To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events: For more information, contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530 or experience the Judgment of annapolis 2013 A special addition to this year’s event is the Judgment of Annapolis 2013, a tribute to the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting, where St. John’s College alumnus and winemaker, Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap wineries, won first place among the competition that included 10 French and California wines. The Judgment of Annapolis event showcases wineries owned and operated by St. John’s College alumni winemakers, including Turley, Golden Eye, Scholium Project, and Kongsgaard. Wine columnists Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr will moderate the event. A reception dinner at the home of St. John’s President Christopher Nelson will follow. The dinner will feature wines from the event, with a special appearance and menu designed by Jerry Pelligrino, chef and sommelier at Waterfront Kitchen in Baltimore. Catering will be provided by Chef’s Expressions. April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. in McDowell Hall. Tickets: $225. Limited to 50 participants.

croqueT: imperiaL WickeT embraceS high-riSk STakeS Looking to extend St. John’s winning streak and take home the Annapolis Cup, Imperial Wicket Drew Menzer, a senior from Granville, Ohio, explains how bold moves and high-risk shots are the secret of St. John’s success.

What inspired you to join the croquet team? When I was applying to St. John’s, I’d heard about the croquet team, and it sounded interesting. Toward the end of my freshman year, right after the St. John’s-Navy match, a couple classmates and I saw how much fun it was and decided to give it a try. Every student is welcome to join the team, and I try to make sure that anyone who is interested can come out and learn to play. It’s a social sport; you’re learning with a group, which is a lot of fun. Most of the time, it feels like I’m just hanging out and talking with friends. How has the team been preparing for the match with the naval academy? We simply play games together. We rarely have traditional practices, like taking shots several times in a row. Our practices are: ‘I have free time on a Tuesday afternoon. Let’s go play a game!’ We play two or three days a week here on campus and occasionally at Ginger Cove retirement community. April is the one time we have our big competitions—the match with Navy and then the Nationals, on April 27 and 28 at Marion Cricket Club in Pennsylvania. Why does st. John’s perform so well against the naval academy? Part of our strength is our style of play. Our team attracts players


How has becoming Imperial Wicket affected you? It’s actually been harder than I thought. For example, last year right after I was named Imperial Wicket, I was playing croquet on the campus front lawn. I missed a shot and thought, ‘I’m not supposed to miss shots. I’m in charge now.’ When I was playing during my sophomore and junior years, I was hoping to become Imperial Wicket. Then when I did, I realized that there are a lot of responsibilities that come with it. It’s been great working with the administration and being a part of the planning for the St. John’s-Navy match. I’m excited for when April rolls around and really doing what I was appointed to do. who like to take [competitive] risks and have fun. We practice aggressive, difficult, high-risk plays, and often choose the one that has the biggest risk-reward. That’s how you improve. Playing out of bounds and waiting for an opportunity doesn’t get you better at the hard shot. So when it comes to game time, we’re not afraid to make the bold move—and we’re not afraid to have it go wrong either.

What is the most intriguing aspect of the sport? It’s more of a thinking game than most people realize. There is the physical part of it, like knowing how hard to hit the ball and hitting in a straight line. But you can hit the ball really well and still lose because you make bad tactical decisions. Whenever I introduce someone to croquet, they’re always surprised by how much strategy is involved. They learn that there is a lot more to it, a lot more to think about. How does playing for a large audience affect your game? The St. John’s-Navy match is my favorite event of the year. There’s a little bit more pressure to have a lot people watching you instead of just those of us playing, but it’s exciting to have them cheer when you make a shot. It’s a lot of fun to play the Midshipmen, too, and it’s great to see the whole community dress up and come hang out for an afternoon. I love that the Annapolis community comes out to support us. What is the Johnnie’s attitude toward croquet competition? We don’t take it too seriously, and I think that’s the way it should be. Croquet is supposed to be a fun game, so as long as you’re having fun then, then you’re doing it right. The St. John’s-U.S. Naval Academy croquet match will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Rain date: Sunday, April 21. For more information:

april 20 The annual St. John’s-U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match takes place at 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the St. John’s College campus. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Rain Date: Sunday, April 21. For more information: Read the interview with the Imperial Wicket on page 3.

to “Caritas Society,” PO Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404-2800. For information and tickets: 410-972-4505 or april 18 Annual Meeting and Luncheon Program. The annual meeting and election is followed by a luncheon and remarks from a graduating senior about the St. John’s educational experience. Hodson Boat House at 11 a.m. Luncheon and program begin at noon. may 17 End-of-Year Hat Luncheon. Caritas members and guests gather for a festive end of the year luncheon wearing creative, often outrageous, hats. Join the hat parade, win a prize for the best hat, or just enjoy the music. Randall Hall Dining Hall at 11:30 a.m. Parade and luncheon begins at noon.

on campus: collegium

At St. John's music is as much an academic pursuit —it’s an integral part of the sophomore year curriculum—as it is pure

may 12 Commencement ceremonies for the 2012-2013 academic year will be held on the front lawn at 10:30 a.m. In case of rain, Commencement will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, where admission will be by ticket only and limited to immediate family of the graduates. The 2013 Commencement speaker is Dr. James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features. His credits in the film industry also include the screenplay for The Ice Storm and producer for Brokeback Mountain. He is a professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory.

caritas Society Caritas Society members promote relationships between St. John’s College and the larger Annapolis community while raising financial aid funds for St. John’s undergraduates who cannot meet college expenses. Caritas members and invited guests gather monthly for luncheon programs (reservations required). Annual fundraisers and other special events are open to the public. For membership information, visit and click on “Friends,” then “Caritas Society.” For event reservations, send checks payable

maryland history Lectures These lectures are co-sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College and the Anne Arundel County Trust for Historic Preservation. Each history lecture is preceded by a seated dinner. Dinners, held at 7:15 p.m., in Randall Hall, must be paid for in advance. The full series of three dinners is $105. A single reservation is $35. For more information and to make a reservation, contact Molly Burnett at 410-626-2881 or

fun, a civilized way to destress. Students on the Annapolis campus celebrate the end of the semester at “Collegium” a decades-old tradition held on the last Tuesday before holiday break. This showcase is organized by students for the entire college community. “It’s a

march 12 “Remembering John Hanson,” by Peter H. Michael, co-founder and president of the John Hanson Memorial Association, and author of Remembering John Hanson: A Biography of the First President of the Original United States Government.

real celebration,” says Eric Stoltzfus, tutor and music librarian. “Students unwind and let off steam and the audience is incredibly supportive, so

april 9 “Annapolis, 1863: Are We Never to be Free Again?” a follow-up to the Annapolis History Consortium’s presentations of the last two years, featuring letters and documents written by Annapolitans in reaction to the Civil War.

the performers feel really good. It’s far and beyond karaoke. Students sign up in advance and perform everything from orchestral pieces to folk tunes.”

Visit us on the Web At, you can find detailed information on college events and educational programs, download a walking tour of campus, and get directions, maps, and general college news. Visit the Graduate Institute page to learn more about the college’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program. Find out which books are on the college’s reading list. Preview Mitchell Gallery exhibitions. Check the operating hours for the Greenfield Library and the college bookstore, both open to the public. St. John’s College also makes many of its facilities available for rent for weddings and other special events.

may 14 “Fresh Water Fleets: The Critical Naval Battles of the War of 1812,” by Scott Harmon, former director of the Naval Academy Museum.

mitchell gallery Unless otherwise noted, all exhibits and events take place in the Mitchell Gallery. For more information, hours, docent tours, and event Abraham Ortelius, Flemish (1527–1598), Map of the world: Typus Orbis Terrarum Antwerp, 1570. Engraving on registration, contact the copperplate, hand-colored. Mitchell Gallery at 410-626march 3 Opening Reception & Family 2556. Thanks to the support of members, Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will gallery programs are free and open to the lead a tour of the “First Printed Maps” public. exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. envisioning the World: The First printed maps 1472-1700 march 5 Lecture. Peter Trogdon, president march 1 to april 13 and owner of Weems & Plath, will lecture on the “First Printed Maps” exhibition at This exhibition of 30 extraordinary maps 7:30 p.m. from the Wendt Collection reveals changing shifts in historical, religious, and cultural views of the world.

annapoLiS SaiLor LecTureS on mapS exhibiT Peter Trogdon, owner and president of Weems & Plath, an 85 year-old Annapolis-based manufacturer of chart navigation tools, will lecture on the “First Printed Maps” exhibition on view at the Mitchell Gallery from March 1 to April 13. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Trogdon grew up pouring over the maps in National Geographic and reading the adventures. After he received his MBA from Seattle Pacific University, Trogdon’s career led him all over the world, visiting the greatest maritime museums. He is a Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Italian (1650–1718), Celestial map of the Northern Hemisphere: Planisfero settentrionale, corretto, et accresciuto di molte stele, Venice, 1700. Engraving on copperplate, hand-colored. scholar of the history of navigation: the explorers and the inventions that helped them find their way. An avid sailor and power boater, Trogdon has boated the Panama Canal, the European coast, and in the Caribbean. Aboard Bee Weems, his 36-foot cruising powerboat, he journeyed from Annapolis to Montreal, Canada by way of the Hudson River and through Alaska’s Inside Passage. March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conversation Room in Mellon Hall.

march 13 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “First Printed Maps” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. april 4 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “First Printed Maps” exhibition followed by a discussion of the novel A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. St. John’s tutor David Townsend will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530. april 7 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “First Printed Maps” exhibition at 3 p.m.

novel by J.L. Carr, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. George and Minna Dowkow will lead the discussion. Registration is required.

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small works in a great space

Less is more: Small Works in a great Space may 29 to June 19

april 28 Opening Reception. Celebrate the opening of the “Community Art Exhibition” exhibition with artists from 3 to 5 p.m.

may 29 Join us for the preview reception of the Mitchell Gallery’s first national juried exhibition, “Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space,” from 7 to 9 p.m. All items in the exhibition will be for sale; this will be the first opportunity for the public to purchase the wide array of two- and three-dimensional works. Tickets: $75. For more information: 410-626-2556.

may 2 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the exhibition followed by a discussion of A Month in the Country, a poetic

may 30 to June 19 Artwork will be on sale in the gallery and online at and click on “Art Gallery, Mitchell Gallery.”

St. John’s college community art exhibition 2013 april 28 to may 12

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The Calendar of Events is published by the Communications Office during the academic year. All events are held at St. John’s College 60 College Avenue Annapolis, Maryland. For more information call the Communications Office at 410-626-2539. Gregory Shook, editor Jennifer Behrens art director St. John’s College does not discriminate in appointments, conditions of employment, admissions, educational policy, financial aid programs, athletics, or other activities on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, national origin, color, disability and/or handicap, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by any applicable federal, state or local law.

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What can you learn in a weekend? Plenty. In addition to a full slate of semester-long classes, St. John’s Continuing Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) program features weekend seminars and fine arts workshops. Offerings this spring include “Plutarch’s ‘Life of Antony’ and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra,” “Tennessee Williams: Three Plays,” “Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych, Master and Man, and Father Sergius,” and “Founding Documents and The Federalist,” and a two-day fine arts workshop “The Painted Sketch.” In addition, a summer workshop, “Beginning and Intermediate Pottery with Raku

Weekend seminars meet three times over the course of one weekend: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, followed by lunch. Weekend workshops meet from 9 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday, and include lunch. Registration deadline is two weeks before the start of each class. Tuition for weekend seminars and workshops ranges from $135 to $185. For schedule of classes, program descriptions, and other information, contact Molly Burnett at 410-626-2882 or, or visit

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Take a Learning VacaTion: Summer cLaSSicS reTurn To ST. John’S in annapoLiS June 23 to 28 Recommended by Arthur Frommer as “among the finest summer vacations that you might ever enjoy,” Summer Classics participants gather in small, week-long seminars to read and discuss classic works of literature, science, history, and philosophy. The seminars are limited to 16 participants each and are led by St. John’s tutors. Summer Classics attracts people from across the country, varying widely in age, and academic and professional backgrounds. A Summer Classics seminar is not a lecture, nor is it a book club. Seminars

are lively, in-depth conversations on the reading at hand. Discussions begin with an opening question presented by a tutor, but can take on a myriad of dimensions. Everyone contributes to the conversation, bringing ideas to the table whether they have expertise in the topic or not. The tuition for Summer Classics is $1,250 per individual seminar, which includes registration, books and other course materials, lunches, and special events. A $250 nonrefundable deposit for each seminar is required to hold your space(s), and in order for you to receive seminar materials. You may register for both a morning seminar and an afternoon seminar. Those registering for

two seminars will receive a $100 discount. St. John’s offers tuition assistance to a limited number of licensed teachers (K-12) and college professors. To register and for more information, contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530 or; or visit

Calendar of Events Spring 2013  

Calendar of Events Spring 2013