Zena Hitz

About Zena Hitz

Dr. Zena Hitz, a graduate of St. John's College, Cambridge University, and Princeton University, is a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD.

Why Intellectual Work Matters

By |2019-03-11T14:24:43-05:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Compassion, Culture, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Intellectual life provides an escape in that it is beyond “straitened circumstances,” but the escape is again a flight into realities beyond oneself: animal behavior, astronomy, and the mechanics of the inner life. The intellect has no limit to its subject matter: It reaches greedily for the whole of everything… In 2001 I was [...]

The Crisis of the Intellectual Life

By |2016-10-22T11:59:02-05:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Featured, Humanities, Liberal Learning, Plato, St. John's College|

What is the point of studying the humanities? The question reflects the current climate among humanist educators: anxiety shading into despair. As enrollments decline, programs are cut, and tenure diminishes, mainstream educational institutions are becoming uncomfortable places for teachers who want to pass on a zeal for humanist learning. But the crisis in the [...]