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Lectures Theatre Concerts Classes Seminars Art Exhibitions



LECTURES 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.

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.

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

August 23 Dean’s Lecture, “Robert Frost’s ‘To Earthward’,” by Pamela Kraus, dean, St. John’s College, Annapolis

August 30 “Grey Parrot Number Acquisitions: Parallels with and Differences from Young Children,” by Irene Pepperberg, professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University September 6 “Artistic Expression in Animals,” by Linda Wiener, St. John’s College tutor

September 13 “The Declaration of Independence: Is That Philosophy, or Did You Make It Up Yourself?” by David Townsend, St. John’s College tutor

September 20 “Is Obscenity Obsolete?” by William Braithwaite, St. John’s College tutor September 27 “Knowing and Ground: A Reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” by Matthew Linck, St. John’s College tutor

St. John’s Crew At St. John’s, crew is among the most rigorous, and rewarding, sports in the college’s athletics program. During the fall and spring, crew team members get up early in the morning, often while it is still dark, for practices five times a week. The Hodson Boathouse, the 1934 Adirondack-style building on campus, serves as the team’s headquarters. From there, students hoist the eight-person boats, called “skulls,” over their heads, and walk them down in teams to the dock where they launch.

October 11 “Can Taxes Be Fair? Should They Be?” by William Peirce, professor, Department of Economics, Case Western University

October 18 “In the Wilderness: Moses as Founder and Lawgiver,” by Ronna Burger, professor, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University

October 25 Topic to be announced, by Daniel Maher, professor, Department of Philosophy, Assumption College

The skulls sit low in the water and require a carefully synchronized rowing technique to stay balanced. Once the team members have mastered this necessary skill, they advance from College Creek out to the Severn River, where they enjoy the quiet of the morning water and the rising sun sparkling on the waves. Like the college’s sailing, fencing, and croquet teams, crew is an intercollegiate sport, competing in several regattas throughout the year, though many St. John’s students learn to row just for the exhilaration of pushing their minds and bodies to their limits.

THE MITCHELL GALLERY Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions August 28 to October 16 “Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions” is the first major examination of the artist’s work since his death in 1995. The exhibition includes 70 original works of art by the influential artist, including paintings, prints and drawings, and is curated by Domenic Iacono, director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection

September 11 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Karl Schrag” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. September 18 Lecture. Domenic Iacono, director of Syracuse University Art Galleries, will lecture on “Karl Schrag and Atelier 17” at 7:30 p.m.

September 22 Opening Reception & Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

October 3 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition followed by a discussion of a related book, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.

October 8 Seminar. St. John’s tutor David Townsend and artist Ebby Malmgren will lead a seminar related to the exhibition at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556 to register.

October 13 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition at 3 p.m.

Reflections and Undercurrents: Prints of Venice, 1900-1950 October 25 to December 13 Ernest David Roth (1879-1964) was one of the most significant American etchers of the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition, curated by Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, brings together 35 of Roth’s most important Venetian views, including variant printings of the plates, preparatory drawings and the plates themselves, with prints by his most important artistic contemporaries. Organized by the Trout Gallery, Dickinson College

October 27 Lecture. Curator Eric Denker will lecture on “Prints of Venice” at 4 p.m.

November 20 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Prints of Venice” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. December 5 Book Club. Join

November 3 Opening Reception & Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Prints of Venice” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Prints of Venice” exhibition followed by a discussion of a related book from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.

Left: Karl Schrag, Autumn Wind and Stars, 1988. Color lithograph on paper. Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection. Above: Ernest David Roth, Near the Rialto, 1907. Etching.

The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College is a hidden treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, the Mitchell Gallery is dedicated to bringing art of world renown to the Annapolis and wider communities since it opened in 1989. The gallery attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits and is a resource for viewing, discussing, and learning about the visual arts. Unless otherwise noted, all exhibits and events take place in the Mitchell Gallery. For more information, hours, docent tours, and event registration: 410-626-2556. Thanks to the support of members, gallery programs are free and open to the public. To become a member, call 410-2955551 or visit The Mitchell Gallery Hours and Admission Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Friday. Closed Monday. Docent tours Thursdays noon to 3 p.m.

November 15 Topic to be announced, by George Russell, St. John’s College tutor

November 22 “Augustine’s Confessions,” by Michael Brogan, St. John’s College tutor

CONCERTS The Parker Quartet November 1, 8 p.m. Francis Scott Key Auditorium Free admission. Daniel Chong, violin Ying Xue, violin Jessica Bodner, viola Kee-Hyun Kim, cello The Parker Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as “something extraordinary” and by the Boston Globe for their “fiercely committed performances,” returns to

St. John’s College. The Parkers—as they are affectionately called by their devoted listeners—have distinguished themselves as one of the preeminent ensembles of their generation. Appearing at St. John’s for the sixth year in a row, they are established audience favorites. The quartet will perform music for string quartet by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND FINE ARTS PROGRAM Fall 2013 classes for the Annapolis community run from September to November. Offerings include evening and weekend seminars on authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Thomas Mann, and

On Campus: Hodson House and Carroll Barrister Shakespeare, among others; fine arts workshops on Landscape Painting, Figure Sculpture in Clay, and pottery; a weekend workshop on travel sketching and portrait drawing; and two writing classes. For more information, class listings, and online registration: /outreach or call 410-626-2881. Seminars and workshops are open to individuals 18 and older.

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

December 6 Performance to be announced.

This summer, a ribbon cutting ceremony welcomed a new building on campus, the Hodson House. Designed by local architect Alan Dynerman, the building melds contemporary style with elements from St. John’s historic buildings—the use of old brick and slate as well as the peaked roof structure illustrate traditional Annapolis styles, while the bold expanses of glass, accents of steel, and sleek wooden cabinetry refer to the modernist style of Mellon Hall. The Hodson House is home to fundraising and alumni staff, and faculty offices. The ceremony also introduced a newly renovated Carroll Barrister House, which was built in 1722 and 1723, with renovation design by the architectural firm Alt Breeding Schwarz. Virtually untouched since the building was moved from Main Street to the St. John’s campus in 1955, the building holds a conference room, reception room, and seven offices. Surrounding the buildings are the new Conversation Gardens that provide an ensemble of outdoor spaces for reading, conversation, and gathering.


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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 to “Caritas Society,” PO Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404-2800. For information and tickets: 410-972-4505 or

September 12 Annual Membership Tea. Members and guests are invited to the home of St. John’s College President Christopher Nelson from 3 to 5 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested.

September 22 Art Tour and Fundraiser. Tour the art collection of President and Mrs. Nelson at their home, followed by a reception. 3 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $100

October 17 Anniversary Luncheon. Caritas members and guests gather for a special presentation for a 45th anniversary program celebration in the Francis Scott Key Lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $25.

November 10 Meet the Authors Fundraiser Sunday, November 10, 3 p.m. Francis Scott Key Auditorium Three acclaimed authors, Kenneth Walsh (Prisoners of the White House), Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings), and Manil Suri (The City of Devi), discuss their work and the writing life. The presentation is followed by a wine-and-hors d’oeuvres reception and book signing. Tickets: $30 at the door; $35 if purchased by November 6, 2013. To purchase tickets online, visit Proceeds benefit Caritas grants for St. John’s students in need. In his latest work of nonfiction, Prisoners of the White House, Walsh, chief White House correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, provides a review of efforts by presidents to maintain contact with the American people, despite their isolation in office. Wolitzer’s new novel, The Interestings, follows a group of five privileged teenagers at a summer camp who survive as friends through the competitions and realities of growing up. The City of Devi, Suri’s latest novel, tells the story of Sarita, who is convinced that buying the last pomegranate in a desolate Mumbai will reunite her with her missing husband. Suri is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMBC.

DEAN WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO CAMPUS Pamela Kraus, dean at the Annapolis campus, talks about the college’s longstanding Friday night lectures tradition.

Has the wider community always been invited to Friday night lectures? When the New Program was established, lectures occurred more than once a week and were intrinsic to the curriculum. As the curriculum evolved, the lecture changed its place and time. We now invite speakers from other colleges and universities and in other careers to lecture, and the lecture and question period is open to the public. Before I was teaching [at St. John’s], I remember coming to lectures—in fact, I remember the first one I attended. Elsewhere, I had been used to lectures of 50 minutes or so followed by questions by professors and answers from the speaker that went on only for about 30 minutes. At St. John’s question periods were lively interchanges, during which sharp differences of opinion sometimes emerged. The occasion was a spirited, common endeavor rather than a debate or defense, and it went on as long as it went on. It opened my eyes to a new way of appreciating a formal setting for inquiry.

In addition to choosing Friday night lectures, you open the academic year by giving the Dean’s lecture. What influences your choice of subject? I choose a subject that has been on my mind for a while. Sometimes it’s a long-standing interest that I have; other times it’s prompted by discussions that have happened during the course of the previous year, questions raised by lecturers or in talking with students. I try to make the opening lecture a welcome to new students and a welcome back to returning students.

What might surprise people to know about you—a particular interest or hobby you may have, for instance? As with most tutors, my reading habits are eclectic, so it would not surprise anyone that I read sports writers, for example, some of whom one can learn much from. Also, I love the tactile, especially stonework, large and small. I built a few small retaining walls in my garden and have my eye on signing up for a dry stone walling class.

At St. John’s a tutor serves as dean for five years. What led you to become a tutor in 1985? After I finished my dissertation I had been teaching at Catholic University. I taught as a graduate student, as a teaching assistant,

I also taught undergraduate classes, and I was hired for a few years to teach there. When I heard about an opening at St. John’s, I talked to my husband about it and he said, “You won’t be in a better undergraduate institution in this nation. You’ll learn things you wouldn’t be able to learn anywhere else if you went into a traditional academic career, where you stay in your department and stay in your area of concentration.”

How has being dean changed your perspective on the college? I see the college from a different standpoint than before. It’s a

wonderful challenge to help strengthen the college, which I love and believe in strongly. I enjoy trying to make it better known and appreciated for its virtues. I like working with my colleagues, who are committed to thinking well and to sharing the love of learning with students. I now know staff members I didn’t know before and see first hand their care for the life at the college. They work hard; they are good at what they do. The idea of a college such as St. John’s, however fine and good it is, exists only through the efforts of all of those who make it possible day to day.

10 THINGS TO DO AT ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE Concerts: Attend a performance in the St. John’s College Concert Series.

Theater: Attend a play performed by St. John’s student thespians, The King William Players.

Executive Seminars: Busy professionals meet once a month in tutor-led seminars to explore timeless readings and questions.

Walking Tour: Relive history by taking a self-guided tour of the campus grounds, buildings, and monuments.

Fine Arts Workshops: Paint, sculpt, and write by enrolling in Continuing Education and Fine Arts (CEFA) classes.

Saturday Seminars: Read and discuss great works with friends and colleagues during this annual event. Graduate Institute: Earn a masters of liberal arts through part-time or full-time graduate study based on the principles of the St. John’s undergraduate program.

Mitchell Gallery: Explore world-class traveling museum exhibitions, curator talks, receptions, and hands-on activities. Caritas Society: Join community members who host special events each year to raise funds for students in need.

Formal Lectures: Join the college community for Friday night lectures on topics that relate to the program of study.

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