The Ancient Greek Setting of Circe

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St. John's College Tutor Krishnan Venkatesh will discuss the Ancient Greek setting of the 2024 Santa Fe Reads / NEA Big Read title "Circe" to provide context for the themes in the story.


About Krishnan Venkatesh

Krishnan Venkatesh has taught at St. John’s College in Santa Fe for more than 20 years and helped shape its Eastern Classics graduate program. From 2003 to 2008, he was the dean of graduate studies at the college, and his recent works and studies explore the Pāli Canon of the Buddha, the Japanese philosopher Dōgen, and the mathematical books of Johannes Kepler. Born in Malaysia in 1960 to a South Indian Brahmin father and a Hakka Chinese mother, Venkatesh studied English literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he obtained First Class honors. He researched Shakespeare at the University of Muenster, Germany, and from 1986 to 1989 he taught literature and philosophy at Shanxi University, China. The lifelong companions on his bedside table include Montaigne, Chaucer, the poet Thomas Hardy, Blake, Wordsworth, Zhuangzi, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Austen, Balzac, Laxness and Shakespeare.


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2024 Santa Fe Reads

2024 Santa Fe Reads, part of the NEA Big Read, is presented by the City of Santa Fe Public Library with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, local sponsors, and community partners.


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