The University Program in Catholic Thought provides a framework for students and faculty at the University of Chicago and neighboring schools to investigate the Catholic intellectual tradition in all its integrity, encounter outstanding scholars, and pursue the integration of intellectual work and study with their Catholic faith through lectures, symposia, courses, half-day master classes, and colloquia.
Catholic Scholars Program
The Catholic Scholars Program is a core initiative for the renewal of Catholic thought and intellectual life. By creating the occasion for exchange among Catholic intellectuals, by facilitating collaborative scholarly work, and by providing an avenue for leadership and scholarship, the Catholic Scholars Program seeks to enrich Catholic thought locally and internationally. This program includes our Summer Seminars, regional master classes, and colloquia in theology & philosophy.
The Cultural Forum seeks to engage the Church, the academy, and the public as a means of promoting the evangelization of culture. Events in this program have included discussions of law and culture, Catholic social thought and the economy, religion and secular culture in Europe, school choice, and Catholic education.
Catholic Social Thought
The Lumen Christi Institute Program in Catholic Social Thought seeks to foster a tradition of reflection on Catholic Social Thought in America in order to address social, economic, and political problems facing our national and global societies. The program serves as a forum for debate and discussion among scholars, students, and civic leaders at the University of Chicago and internationally.