On the wings of dialectic
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.