Higher Gossip is a documentary series created by two alums of the Graduate Institute of St. John's College, Jeremy Sheeler and Maxwell Anthony, exploring the history, personalities, and ideas that have shaped St. John's into what it is today.
As alumni of the college ourselves, we believe there's nearly nothing that better communicates the spirit of the place than these interviews.
This series is a work of Awarehouse Productions.
In this fifth episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's beloved tutors, Mr. Maistrellis narrates his odyssey from Peabody, MA to Annapolis, MD; explores his Greek heritage and the claims of Darwinian evolutionary biology; and follows the twists and turns of the history of the St. John's lab program.
In this fourth episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's beloved tutors, Mr. Nelson explores his time as an undergraduate during the turbulent decade of the sixties, the true meaning of leadership and vision, and the tensions inherent in a liberal arts education in America.
In this third episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's beloved tutors, Mr. Tuck explores the end of the "age of the giants" at SJC after the death of Jacob Klein, the seeming contradiction of him being "educationally and culturally a reactionary" yet "politically and socially a radical," and the joys of being part of the King William Players' productions and the Begone, Dull Care concert series.
In this second episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's beloved tutors, Mr. Zuckerman explores the "ancient quarrel" between philosophers and poets, the use and abuse of history when reading philosophy, and the essence of what makes for a good teacher or mentor.
In this first episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's beloved tutors, Ms. Brann recounts how she escaped Nazi Germany and ended up at the college; her relationships with such philosophic luminaries as Jacob Klein, Seth Benardete, and Leo Strauss; and her vision of the good life.