Bill St. John, AM’77, AM’80, PhD’83: Journalist, Educator, Wine Connoisseur
One of the wonderful things about being an alumna or alumnus of the University of Chicago is the opportunity to meet and learn from so many interesting people connected to the University.
One of the wonderful things about being an alumna or alumnus of the University of Chicago is the opportunity to meet and learn from so many interesting people connected to the University. One favorite is Bill St. John, AM’77 (Divinity), AM’80 (Public Policy), PhD’83 (Divinity). After graduation, Bill taught in a number of academic areas including religion, theology, history of religions, religious thought, philosophy, ethics, and economics.
In 1996 Bill changed careers and became a full-time journalist, first with the Rocky Mountain News, and then as restaurant critic, food editor, and wine writer for the Denver Post. He’s also written for Wine & Spirits, and reported on food and wine for Denver’s KCNC-TV. Now he writes a weekly wine and food column for the Chicago Tribune.
But what really makes Bill special are his fascinating anecdotes combined with his joie de vie. He shows passion in what he writes and teaches, as well as in his commitment to the University. Bill continually gives back, through teaching at Graham School where he has classes about food, drink, religion, and philosophy, and alumni wine tastings. These are the distinctive classes and events we’ve come to expect at the University of Chicago, so special because they help us think differently about the subject matter at hand.
At a wine tasting with Bill, we might learn that many people outside the US view wine like we view ketchup, as a condiment, on the table to enhance the taste of food. Or maybe we will be asked to compare some different wines by asking ourselves how much “happy” we think there is in one glass of wine compared to another. In any case, it is assured that the process will challenge us to think a bit differently about wine and food, and maybe even the world, life, and ourselves.
So take advantage of your alumni status and have some fun by coming to a class or alumni event with Bill. But be sure to sign up early as most sell out quickly.
The next alumni wine tasting event will take place at Alumni Weekend.
International House Around the World Wine Tasting
Saturday, June 7
More information about Bill can be found at his web site: www.stjohnonwine.com/