"Talk Back" is more than talk:You'll work out the principles of perspective with the help Greek and Arab classics on optics; you'll play Lewis Carroll's Game of Logic; you'll enjoy a professional performance of The Tempest, after a back-stage tour and a conversation with the actors; you'll take in some of San Francisco the tourists see (and some they don't).
"Talk Back" is friends and fun:Plato calls study "serious play"; we agree. You'll study with the Tutors of Saint Mary's AALE-accredited Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts, but you'll learn from your colleagues, from teachers who deserve the title "Great"—Sophocles, Plato, Euclid, Goethe, T. S. Eliot—and from writings that deliver what they demand: clear thought, clearly expressed, without pretense and without reservation. You will surprise yourself.
"Talk Back" is an environment for study:You'll stay on the superbly beautiful Saint Mary's College campus, with plenty of time for walks, recreation . . . and reflection. You'll eat well and sleep comfortably in well-appointed accommodations, with 24-hour security and supervision. Tutors attend scheduled study hours, ready to discuss your questions or join you in informal inquiry.
"Talk Back" to grow:you'll sharpen your powers of observation, tune your ear to rhythmic meters, work out the architecture of complex arguments, reflect on God, man, and creation, on human life and human death . . . and you'll put it all to work through the art of conversational inquiry.
|Euripides, The Bacchae
|Plato, Lysis||Plato, Ion|
|Lewis Carroll, The Game of Logic||Alberti, On Painting|
|The Bible, Tobit, Galatians||Euclid, Optics
Al-Haytham, On Optics
|Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn||The Bible, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Ephesians|
|Shakespeare, The Tempest||Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium|
|Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral||Shakespeare, The Tempest|
|Goethe, Metamorphosis of Plants||Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Illych|
|Kant, Differentiation of Regions in Space||Frege, What is a Function?|
|C. S. Lewis, Learning in Wartime||Pieper, The Philosophical Act|
|A Typical Day|
|7:00am – 8:30||Breakfast in Oliver Hall|
|8:30 – 9:30||Reading Time|
|9:30 – 11:00||Discussion of Al-Haytham's Optics, accompanied by observation and experimentation in the laboratory|
|11:00 – 12:00||Free time for reading and conversation|
|12:00pm – 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:30||Seminar on Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyich|
|2:30 – 5:00||Recreation: Pool open until 4pm|
|5:00 – 6:00||Dinner|
|6:00 – 11:00||Reading for next day’s classes; informal conversation with tutors; Lights out at 11pm|