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Happy Thanksgiving! The Blessings of Fruitful Fields, Healthful Skies, and Liberal Learning

1424597_10212608At the approach of our national Thanksgiving holiday, I wish to express the thanks of the entire College Community to our alumni and friends, our students, faculty and staff, for their generous support of this College and for their confidence in this endeavor.

This year is the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, delivered in the wake of the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg and in the midst of the Civil War, but at a time nonetheless acknowledged to be “filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

Because today we are far from suffering the magnitude of the distress of a great civil war, we  have all the more reason to be grateful for the many blessings we all enjoy. At St. John’s, a community dedicated to liberal learning in its highest sense, we are grateful for the happiness such learning brings throughout our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

The next post will complete the three-part series Why Does the World Need St. Johns College?


Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John's College, AnnapolisChristopher B. Nelson is president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, and an outspoken champion of the liberal arts. St. John’s College, with campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an independent, four-year college that is devoted to liberal education. Its richly varied curriculum focuses on an integrated study of philosophy, literature, history, theology, political science, mathematics, music, and science. Students and faculty engage directly—not through textbooks and lectures but through study and discussion—with original texts and ideas that are at the foundations of Western thought.


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