Applications are due on March 1, 2018

Undergraduate students from Ireland and the US are invited to apply for this two-week seminar on "Happiness & Freedom." Explore themes of nationalism, modernity, community, and stability while being immersed in Irish culture and history. Participants will qualify for 1 college credit accredited through the University of Notre Dame.

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the University of Notre Dame.

You can download the poster here.

Human beings want to be happy. And they often see freedom as a necessary component in their happiness. What, though, should human beings be free from in order to be happy? Should human beings instead be free for certain things? In this two-week seminar, we will explore philosophical, theological, and historical answers to the question of human freedom and happiness. Because of our location in Ireland, we will focus on how the Irish have answered these questions throughout their history. We will pay special attention to the role that Christianity has played in contributing to (or perhaps detracting from) one’s freedom and happiness. Several guest lecturers TBA.

Week one will be held at the O'Connell House, the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Dublin, and week two will be held at Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine community in Connemara, County Galway. The seminar readings and discussions will be supplemented by field trips around significant historical places in Dublin and County Galway.

Students will be provided with lodging, transportation, and most meals during the course of the seminar. Students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the seminar. Travel grants may be available on a need basis.

Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of the Good
Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue
R.F. Foster, Modern Ireland 1600-1970
William Cavanaugh, Being Consumed
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
T. M. Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland
Rule of St Benedict
Herbert McCabe, “God” and “Prayer”
Servais Pinckaers, OP, The Pursuit of Happiness
Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est and Veritas in caritate

This seminar is open to current undergraduate students from the US and Ireland (including those graduating in spring 2018). All application materials can be submitted via the online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Twenty students will be admitted to this seminar.

Application materials must be received by 11:59pm on MARCH 1, 2018.

The Lumen Christi Institute exists to promote the Catholic intellectual tradition and is committed to the integration of the intellectual and spiritual life. The Institute welcomes seminar participants of all or no religious affiliation, and wants to assure all applicants that the opportunities to participate in devotional activities are optional.

Contact us if you have any further questions.