June 17-21, 2013 at Oriel College, University of Oxford
This seminar is an intensive five-day course for graduate students on the thought of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. It will examine Newman’s achievement as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought on the whole through a critical engagement with these texts.
Format: There will be two 2-hour sessions each day. The seminar will include presentations by Fr. Ker and by participants on the readings assigned, followed by seminar style discussion.
Seminar Leader: Ian Ker is the leading authority on the thought and writings of John Henry Newman, and is the author and editor of more than 20 books on Newman, including John Henry Newman: A Biography, Newman on Being a Christian, Newman and the Fullness of Christianity, and Healing the Wound of Humanity: The Spirituality of John Henry Newman. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Newman, the Second Vatican Council, and the Postconciliar Church. Ker is a senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Leicester and the University of Toronto.
Location: The seminar will be held where Newman studied as a fellow at Oriel College at the University of Oxford. Students will be provided with accommodations and meals in the dormitories on campus for the duration of the seminar. Funds are also available to provide for student travel.
Application Information: This seminar will be open to currently enrolled graduate students in the humanities and theology. Applicants will be required to submit:
- A completed online application form.
- An updated CV.
- At least one and as many as two letter(s) of recommendation from a member of the program in which the student is currently enrolled or employed.
- A statement of research interest no longer than 750 words, which includes an explanation of how this seminar might bear on the student’s current or future research plans.
- One example of written, academic work (25-30 pages maximum).
Letters of recommendation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Lumen Christi Institute, Graduate Seminars, 1220 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
We will admit 15 students to this seminar.
Application materials must be received by FEBRUARY 15, 2013.
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