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MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE 2014
LECTURES All events are held at St. John’s College 60 College Avenue Annapolis, Maryland unless otherwise noted.
March 21 “Making Time Count,” by Daniel Harrell, St. John’s College tutor April 4 “The Liberal Education
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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of Plato’s Laws,” by Robert Goldberg, St. John’s College tutor
April 11 Topic to be announced, by Tobin Craig, professor, James Madison College, Michigan State University
April 18 “Rousseau’s Chemical Apprenticeship,” by Christopher J. Kelly, professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College
CONCERTS The Aulos Ensemble March 28, 8 p.m. The Aulos COVER IMAGE: E. [P?] Kealey, Women of Britain say - “Go.” 1915. Lithograph.
Ensemble will present “If Music be the Food of Love,” featuring Baroque chamber
music with soprano. Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was heralded by the Washington Post for its “elegance and surprising variety” and for “helping to pioneer today’s periodinstrument movement. Thanks to groups such as Aulos, performances on early instruments no longer seem exotic or experimental.”
THEATER 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: www.sjc.edu/events.
April 25 King Lear at 8 p.m.
MARYLAND HISTORY LECTURES These lectures are cosponsored 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 $111. A single reservation is $37. For more information and to make a reservation, contact Christine Tolson at 410-626-2881 or email@example.com.
Senior Orals at St. John’s As college seniors around the country are busy cramming in final credits before graduation, Johnnies are preparing for their senior orals. For St. John’s seniors, the hour-long oral examination, an exploration of the student’s essay, is a culminating experience for the student’s education at the college. “I know that I will be anxious during my oral exam, surrounded by tutors and my fellow Johnnies,” says senior Nutchapol Boonparlit, whose essay is on Pride and Prejudice. “But I will enjoy diving once more into Jane Austen’s beautiful world.” The oral exams take place in the King William Room of the venerable 1899 Barr-Buchanan Center on campus. As the ritual begins, all rise as the tutor committee and the senior enter—in full academic regalia. This year 108 undergraduate seniors are scheduled for their oral exams throughout the spring. Each exam is open to the public as well as the college community. Underclassmen usually attend as observers, as a show of support and to know what to expect during their senior year.
THE MITCHELL GALLERY Dialogues: Words and Images in Art, 1500-1924 On view now through April 6 This exhibition surveys the history of the word-image relationship in art from the Renaissance to the aftermath of the First World War. This exhibition will encompass simple titles for works of art, the inclusion of words within images, literary descriptions of objects, visual illustrations of texts, and embedded texts inseparable from images. This exhibition is curated by David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, with assistance from Mitchell Gallery Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg.
March 12 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give the second of two lunchtime gallery talks for the “Dialogues” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Buchwald and Ruth Roston, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.
March 21, 22 and 23 Maryland Day Celebration. The Mitchell Gallery welcomes visitors, who can receive a stamp in their Maryland Day Passports.
March 30 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Dialogues” exhibition at 3 p.m.
March 20 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Dialogues” exhibition followed by a discussion of The Poet Dreaming in the Artist’s House, edited by Emilie
St. John’s College Community Art Exhibition 2014 April 27 to May 11 This annual exhibition offers members of the St. John’s College community an opportunity to explore the visual arts. The result, a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and photographs, elegantly represents the community’s artistic talent.
April 27 Opening Reception. Celebrate the opening of the “Community Art Exhibition” with artists from 3 to 5 p.m.
May 1 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Community Art” exhibition followed by a discussion of Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.
Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space A Mitchell Gallery National Juried Exhibition May 28 to June 15 This exhibition of small works (no larger than 8” x 10” x 4”) includes artists from across the nation. Distinguished juror Domenic Iacono, director of
Syracuse University Art Galleries, will select from paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, collages, mixed media, photographs, jewelry, and small sculpture. All works will be for sale; the online gallery can be viewed after May 29 at http://themitchellgallery.org/sales.
May 28 Premiere Opening. Guests will have the first opportunity to purchase the original works of art on view in the exhibition, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Mitchell Gallery educational programs.
Top left: Félix Vallotton (French, born Switzerland, 1865-1925), To Edgar Poe, 1894. Woodcut. Bottom left: John Raphael Smith (after Henry Fuseli), Lear and Cordelia, 1784. Mezzotint on laid paper.
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 410-295-5551 or visit www.sjc.edu/mitchellgallery. 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.
March 11 “St. John's College during the Civil War,” Will Mumford, local historian, author, lecturer, and past chairman of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation
April 8 “Annapolis 1864: We Scarcely Meet Anyone We Know,” Annapolis History Consortium presentation on Annapolis during the Civil War
May 13 “Francis Scott Key,” George Russell, St. John's College tutor
The Mitchell Gallery will be open, featuring the “Dialogues: Words and Images in Art, 1500-1924” exhibition. Edgar Allan Poe is just one of the subjects in this exhibition that illustrates the interplay between images and text in art.
SUMMER CLASSICS RETURN TO ST. JOHN’S IN ANNAPOLIS June 22 to 27
MARYLAND DAY AT ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE The Friends of St. John’s College invite the community to celebrate Maryland Day at St. John’s College. Enjoy and learn about the music of the War of 1812 with David Hildebrand, a specialist in early American music—and featured in the documentary film Anthem—as he discusses the true birth of the “Star Spangled Banner,” written by St. John’s alumnus Francis Scott Key, Class of 1796. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. For more information: 410-626-2530
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. Summer Classics seminar topics include:
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales Eva Brann and William Pastille
Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra Louis Petrich and Robert Drueker
On Campus: St. John’s Bookstore
Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Two Preceding Plays David Townsend and Judith Seeger
Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady Eric Salem and Cary Stickney Tuition is $1,250 per seminar, which includes registration, books and other course materials, lunches, and special events; registrants 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: 410-626-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nestled in the basement of Humphreys Hall, the St. John’s College Bookstore, with its centuries-old brick walls, eight-foot ceilings, and walls of books, is a hidden gem in Annapolis. As part of the first building added to the college, the Bookstore has endured myriad changes, including serving as a military hospital and morgue for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The couches and chess boards for Johnnies who play games have since found their way into the Coffee Shop in the basement of McDowell Hall, to make way for expanded shelf space. One of the few independent bookstores in Annapolis— with a wide variety of books beyond those read in the St. John’s Program—as well as gifts, apparel, and memorabilia, it is a haven for booklovers. The Bookstore is open to the public Monday through Saturday during the academic year; Monday through Friday during the summer. For more information: 410-626-2540; or visit the Bookstore online at http://store.stjohnscollege.edu.
An Exceptional Wine Event April 25 & 26 Sponsored by The Friends of St. John’s College in cooperation with Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits, this two-day fundraiser event on the campus of St. John’s College features 15 wineries, more than 100 wines, a variety of tastings and workshops, and a discussion with St. John’s College alumni winemakers. Proceeds fund scholarships for St. John’s undergraduate students. This year’s Judgment of Annapolis features a comparative tasting of Old World and New World wines along with a discussion of terroir in America with David White, founder and editor of Terroirist.com (2013 Best Overall Wine Blog), and St. John’s alumni winemakers, who will address issues of sustainability and the pursuit of quality in winemaking. Dinner and wine in the spirit of the La Paulée de Meursault will follow at President Nelson’s home.
April 25 5 p.m. in McDowell Hall. Tickets: $225. Limited to 60 participants.
The Grand Tasting participants take a tasting tour around the globe—and our own backyard—to visit the world’s premier wine growing regions and producers. Meet the vintners and sample the featured wines and an array of hors d’oeuvres. Participants may attend special workshops, including “St. John’s Alumni Winemaker Discussion: East Coast vs. West Coast,” “The World’s Greatest Wine & Cheese Pairings,” and “Riedel XL Wine Glass Tasting,” among others. Music, a silent auction, and sales of wine-related books and merchandise complement the tasting.
April 26 1 to 5 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Lobby. Tickets: $75; or $60 with the purchase of one or more workshops. Workshops are from noon-4 p.m. Cost per workshop: $45-110. To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events: www.sjc.edu/events. For more information: 410-626-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caritas Society ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE ANNAPOLIS
Caring for Students and Community Caritas Society members promote relationships between St. John’s College and the larger Annapolis community while raising financial aid funds for St. John’s students who cannot meet college expenses. Caritas members and invited guests gather for luncheon meetings featuring various presentations (reservations required). Fundraisers and other special events are open to the public. For membership information, visit www.sjc.edu and click on “Friends,” then “Caritas Society.” Purchase reservations or tickets online at www.sjc.edu/events and click on “Caritas Society.”
Send checks payable to Caritas Society, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. For information: 410-972-4505 or email@example.com
March 8 Spring Fundraiser. Delta Blues and Dylan Déjà Vu, featuring Erin Harpe with the Delta Swingers and Annapolis’s own Basement Band, along with Eleanor Ellis, D.C.’s First Lady of the Blues, and blues harp guru Jay Summerour. Party with the performers afterwards. Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40
April 17 Luncheon Program/Annual Meeting. “Why St. John’s?” presentation, Hodson Boathouse, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $25
May 15 Spring Garden Party with Hats. Attendees don festive—and often outrageous—hats and vie for “best in show” awards. Mellon Hall and Courtyard, 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $25
Imperial Wicket’s Mandate: Conviviality! Imperial Wicket Sam Collins, a junior from Fallsington, Pa., talks with junior Eunji Kim about aspirations to reclaim the Annapolis Cup and—more importantly—to ensure that the 32nd annual St. John’s-U.S. Naval Academy croquet match is a festive lawn party for the players and spectators alike.
What inspired you to join the croquet team? In spring 2011, before I became a student at the college, I decided to check out the [St. John’s-Navy] croquet match with my family. I was impressed by the atmosphere— not only the event but by how the team was enjoying themselves. From that point, I wanted to join, so at the beginning of my freshman year, I set out to try to at least make the team.
What do you like most about being Imperial Wicket? I have a lot of responsibility to make sure that the players are improving and enjoying themselves. I want to make sure that other students see how much fun we are having and inspire them to want to
come out and play, too. And I like to say, ‘As Imperial Wicket…’ and then mandate something ridiculous. When I’m at home, I’ll say, ‘Dad, as Imperial Wicket, I’d like a steak.’
What are some of the team’s annual traditions? On the morning of the match with Navy, we get up before everyone else and set up the croquet courts—just me and eleven other [teammates] in the fresh morning dew, mowing the [campus] front lawn. This year we are planning to steam roll it so it will be nice and flat. Hopefully, as Imperial Wicket, I’ll get to steam roll it. And the weekend before the match with Navy, we play a tournament with the Ginger Cove retirement community. They usually beat us but we have a lot of fun.
Does St. John’s compete with other colleges or universities? Every year we play at the Croquet Nationals held at the Merion Cricket Club in Pennsylvania where we compete with Navy and other schools such as Princeton, William and Mary, and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Last year we won the national championship.
What makes the St. John’sNavy croquet match a cherished rite of spring? Spectators get to have a picnic with friends, open a bottle of champagne, and enjoy the day. For Navy and St. John’s students, it’s a good opportunity to step out of our academic atmosphere and relax. The St. John’s-Navy croquet match has really grown into a cool event for the Annapolis community.
Do you feel pressure to reclaim the Annapolis Cup? At the beginning of the year, I was thinking how I didn’t want to lose to Navy two years in a row. But as I thought more about competition and what it means at St. John’s, I became more concerned with making
sure that everyone just has a good time. I would like to win and I think we have a good chance of winning, though [Johnnies] aren’t as concerned with that. An alumnus told me that 10 years ago, on any given Tuesday or Friday [during the academic year], there were about 30 Johnnies out on the front lawn playing croquet. To me, more important than winning is bringing that [tradition] back. The 32nd annual St. John’sU.S. Naval Academy croquet match will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Rain date: Sunday, April 13. For more information: http://community. stjohnscollege.edu/croquet
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. www.stjohnscollege.edu
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Continuing Education & Fine Arts Program (CEFA) This spring, from March through June, the St. John’s Continuing Education & Fine Arts program offers single weekend seminars and a fine arts workshop. Seminars begin on March 15 and will be on selected works by Shakespeare, Kafka, Wordsworth, and others. Artists will work en plein air in the gardens of President Christopher Nelson and Joyce Olin during a fine arts workshop (May 31-June 1) on the painted sketch. Artists will also sketch and paint the spring gardens, landscape, and Weems Creek. For more information, including schedule, class descriptions, and instructor bios, visit www.stjohnscollege.edu/events and click on “Continuing Education and Fine Arts,” or contact Christine Tolson at 410-626-2881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.