St John’s College, Annapolis Information Evening

Nov 2, 2022 | Announcements

Sydney, Wednesday 02 November 2022: Want to learn more about The Ramsay Centre’s exciting full scholarship for study at one of America’s oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges – including an internship in Washington, DC?

Then join us for our St John’s College, Annapolis Information Evening to be held at the Centre on Wednesday 7th December.

The evening will be hosted by Ramsay Centre CEO Professor Simon Haines. Professor Haines will be joined by St John’s alumnus, Associate Professor Andrew Poe, who teaches social and political thought in the Western Civilisation Program in the School of Arts and Humanities at the Australian Catholic University.

Associate Professor Poe will share his experiences of the Great Books education he received at St John’s College and deliver a lecture on “Thinking and Unthinking Political Necessity: A Democratic Reading of Book 2 of Plato’s Republic.”

Professor Haines and Centre Postgraduate Coordinator Naomi Spinks will then outline the Centre’s full scholarship to St John’s, which includes a Washington, DC internship, and is valued at up to AUD$75,000 p.a.

The St John’s College, Annapolis, Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship, is part of a suite of Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships, first offered in 2021. The new scholarships, which support young Australian leaders to study at the world’s best universities, are the most generous on offer for postgraduate study overseas.

Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation CEO, Professor Simon Haines, says the St John’s scholarship is the only Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship to specify a study destination, “recognising the truly exceptional education St John’s provides, offered by very few other institutions world-wide.”

“While the St John’s program may be a new concept for some Australians, it is well-known the world over for offering the original, and many would argue the best of the Great Books courses,” Professor Haines says. “And in the US, the College is recognised in higher education circles as a premium offering.”

St John’s is the third oldest college in the US where students have been reading the Great Books since the College’s famed ‘New Program’ commenced in 1937. From Aristotle to Aquinas, Wordsworth to Woolf, Herodotus to Hegel, ‘Johnnies’ explore the greatest thinkers of all time in a challenging, interdisciplinary program.

It is situated in Annapolis, an idyllic seaside city in Maryland, founded in 1649, from where the call was issued to form the Constitutional Convention, leading to the foundation of modern America. It is home to the US Naval Academy and just 30 minutes from Washington, DC.

St John’s alumni span several fields, and include a Deputy Attorney General in California, a CNN White House Correspondent, a Senator for Nebraska, a Chargé d’Affaires to the Republic of the Sudan, a Vice-President at IBM, and a director for clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.

The St John’s scholarship covers tuition and some living expenses for the College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts: a two-year Great Books course exploring some of the most profound and foundational texts in history.

If you are interested in our World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship, worth up to AUD$90,000 p.a. you are also welcome to attend the information session.

Join us for this special evening!

When: Wednesday 7th December 2022

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: The Ramsay Centre, 173 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Dress Code: Smart casual

Limited seating, light catering will be provided 

RSVP by Friday 2nd December 2022