On the wings of dia­lec­tic

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

In the spirit of shared ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the clas­sics, St. John’s Col­lege in­vites lo­cals to its Com­mu­nity Sem­i­nar Se­ries, which runs through May 18. The classes al­low Santa Feans to par­take in an­a­lyt­i­cally charged dis­cus­sions that may cover top­ics such as race and im­pe­ri­al­ism in Joseph Con­rad’s Heart of Dark­ness or in­equal­ity in the an­te­bel­lum South ofWil­liam Faulkner’s Ab­sa­lom, Ab­sa­lom!. If you’d rather talk about movies, the St. John’s pro­gram also in­cludes a sem­i­nar high­light­ing the gross re­al­i­ties of war­fare as ren­dered in Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s Apoca­lypse Now. The small teacher-stu­dent ra­tio in th­ese sem­i­nars en­cour­ages all at­ten­dants to voice their opin­ions and to en­gage in constructive dis­cus­sions based on a ques­tion posed by the tu­tor lead­ing the sem­i­nar. Each sub­se­quent ques­tion and com­ment pro­vides part of a greater foun­da­tion for the build­ing of com­plex ideas. The cur­rent sem­i­nar, The Wings of the Dove: “Is There Life Af­ter Death?,” ex­plores Henry James’ 1902 novel about a wealthy young woman with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness. The con­ver­sa­tion be­gins from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Feb. 9, at St. John’s Col­lege (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca, 984-6000), and con­tin­ues Tues­days through March 9. The cost is $150; fu­ture sem­i­nars cost any­where from $30 to $210 de­pend­ing on du­ra­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, call 984-6117.

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