“Talk Back to Socrates”  . . . and Shakespeare, Keats, Leo Tolstoy, Kant . . ., then play some volleyball or enjoy a trail hike and, later, discuss the whole day with new friends.


"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 theater or music; 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 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.


Reading List

2019 Session (7/27 - 8/3/18)

Sophocles, Electra
Plato, Ion
Lewis Carroll, The Game of Logic
Bible, Exodus (selections), Matthew
Goethe, Metamorphosis of Plants
Undset, Gunnar's Daughter
Plato, Lysis
Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Illych
Frege, What is a Function?
C. S. Lewis, Learning in Wartime
A Typical Day
 7:00am – 8:30: Breakfast in Oliver Hall
 8:30 – 9:30: Reading time
 9:30 – 11:00: Seminar on Sophocles' Electra
 11:00 – 12:00: Free time - reading and conversation
 12:00pm – 1:00: Lunch in Oliver Hall
 1:00 – 2:30: Discussion and logical problems with Lewis Carroll's The Game of Logic
 2:30 – 5:00: Hike in hills behind campus
 5:00 – 6:00: Dinner
6:00 – 11:00: Reading for next day's classes; conversation with Integral students; lights out at 11pm.