Events and Programs
St. John’s College 2014 Executive Seminar
Lessons in Leadership
St. John’s College Executive Seminars are exceptional opportunities to engage in lively and in-depth conversations about inherent but elusive ideas in contemporary life. The seminars address fundamental questions about the very cornerstones of human civilizations through a close reading and discussion of great works of literature, philosophy, and political science.
Executive Seminar discussions are adventurous. With no previous knowledge of the author, text, or subject required, participants refer only to books/materials the group has read in common. Challenging and supplementing one another’s ideas is encouraged, and the search for meaning remains in the hands of all those around the seminar table.
At St. John’s, true learning happens when seminar participants have the courage to tackle important and thought-provoking works through discussion with others. Arriving at a deeper understanding of the reading is one tangible outcome of the seminar, but so, too, is the less tangible but truly powerful experience of having engaged in a free and thoughtful exchange of the most important ideas.
The Houston Executive Seminar will be led by St. John’s College President Michael P. Peters and Vice President Victoria Mora. Mike Peters was the executive vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. Before joining the Council, President Peters served in the U.S. Army and taught at West Point. Victoria Mora has been a faculty member in the undergraduate and graduate programs of St. John’s College since 1992, and served as dean from 2006 to 2011. Ms. Mora earned her BA in English and philosophy from the University of New Mexico and her masters and PhD in philosophy from Yale University.
We hope you will join other business and community leaders in the Houston area for what we promise will be a meaningful and most enjoyable experience.
Niccolo Machiavelli’sThe Prince
Presidential Speeches: Washington’s Farewell Address; Lincoln’s First Inaugural, Gettysburg Address, and Second Inaugural; Eisenhower’s Farewell Address
Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
All seminars will take place over breakfast at the River Oaks Country Club, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The cost of the Executive Seminar is $600 per person; $1000 per couple. Dinner with the group, President Peters, and Vice President Mora will take place the evening of the final seminar.
For additional information or to register, please contact Deborah Spiegelman at 505-984-6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org