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Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship


  • The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20064 United States (map)
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The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship (sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Institute for Human Ecology) supports rising scholars seeking to better understand the Catholic intellectual tradition.  This summer's program will examine the search for happiness as a fundamental end of the person and the polis. Applications will be accepted from graduate students and advanced undergraduates in all disciplines.

The week-long seminar will introduce students to foundational themes in philosophy, political theory, and theology, dealing with law, personhood, political life, and the search for happiness.  The focus will be an introduction to foundations of political and moral theory of Augustine, Aquinas, and modern constitutional jurisprudence. The program will include visits to institutions in Washington, DC, as well as encounters with outstanding Catholic public figures. The seminar is an excellent way to think theoretically about the intersection of political theory, moral principles, and practical engagement, in the heart of the nation’s capital. 

2019 Featured Speakers:

Adrian Vermeule (Harvard University), Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), Chad Pecknold (The Catholic University of America).

Registration for 2019 is now closed.

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