Now in its seventh year, these seminars are open to Ph.D. students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend will be included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar will include five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. The goal of each seminar is twofold: first, to enable participants to gain mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes; and second, to deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Metaphysics and the Soul in Thomas Aquinas
June 19-24, 2015
Hosted by the School of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Prof. Stephen L. Brock, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
The Thought of John Henry Newman
July 12-17, 2015
Merton College, University of Oxford
Prof. Ian Ker, University of Oxford
Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation
August 2-7, 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Prof. Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
July 2014: Professor Russell Hittinger led a seminar on Truth and Authority in Augustine’s City of God at the University of California, Berkeley.
July 2014: Professor Ian Ker led a seminar on The Thought of John Henry Newman at Merton College, University of Oxford.
June 2014: Professor Stephen L. Brock led a seminar on St. Thomas Aquinas on Free Choice hosted by the School of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
August 2013: Professor Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa) led a seminar on Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation at the University of California, Berkeley.
July 2013: Professor Brad Gregory (Notre Dame) led a seminar on Christianity, The Unity of Knowledge, and the Secularized Academy at the University of Chicago.
June 2013: Professor Ian Ker (Oxford) led a seminar on The Thought of John Henry Newman at Oriel College, University of Oxford.
August 2012: Professor Russell Hittinger (University of Tulsa) led a seminar on “St. Thomas Aquinas on Law: An Intensive Seminar on the Treatise on Law, ST I-II, Q90-108″” at the University of California, Berkeley.
June 2011: Professor Mark Murphy (Georgetown University) led a seminar on “Aquinas and Contemporary Ethical Theory” in Chicago, IL.
August 2010: Professor Paul Griffiths (Duke University) led a seminar on Augustine’s seminal later works, De Trinitate and De Civitate Dei at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, Illinois.
September 2009: Prof. Corey Barnes (Oberlin College) led a seminar on Aquinas’s Christology in his Summa theologiae at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, Illinois.
Can I apply for more than one seminar?
Yes. You may apply for one, two, or all three seminars. Please indicate your order of preference in your statement of purpose for each application. Each applicant may only be admitted to one seminar.
I am a PhD student graduating in 2015, can I still apply?
I am currently an Undergraduate or MA student but have been admitted to a PhD program starting in the Fall of 2015, can I still apply?
Yes. Please indicate this in your application including where you will be matriculating.
I have been accepted to and attended a Lumen Christi Seminar in the past, can I still apply?
Any further questions can be directed to Mark Franzen.