Interested in what happened at the recent Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship? Check out talks given by speakers Joseph Capizzi, professor of moral theology and executive director of IHE; Father Dominic Legge, director of the Thomistic Institute; and Adrian Vermeule, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School.

When you click the below links, you’ll be taken to the iTunes page where the podcast will be highlighted grey. You can also find by release date.


Fr. Dominic Legge, OP
An Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas on Law: Click Here. Release date 8/28/2018.
Aquinas on Eternal Law, Natural Inclinations, and Natural Law
Part 1: Click Here. Release date 8/31/2018.
Part 2: Click Here. Release date 9/5/2018.
Part 3: Click Here. Release date 9/10/2018.

Dr. Adrian Vermeule
The Relationship between Positive Law and Natural Law
Part 1: Click Here. Release date 8/29/2018.
Part 2: Click Here. Release date 9/3/2018.
Part 3: Click Here. Release date 9/6/2018.

Dr. Joseph Capizzi
An Introduction to Saint Augustine
Part 1: Click Here. Release date 8/27/2018.
Part 2: Click Here. Release date 8/30/2018.
Part 3: Click Here. Release date 9/4/2018.

Next year’s summer fellowship will be held 7-12 July 2019.

More about the Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship by participant Kaitlin Henry

What is the natural law?  How can we think about this classic philosophical and legal theme in our contemporary context? This was the subject of the 2018 summer conference of the Civitas Dei Fellowship, a cosponsored program of the Thomistic Institute and the Institute for Human Ecology.  We brought graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students together to spend a week in Washington D.C. in order to delve deeper into these questions.

The fellows divided their time between lectures on Augustine, St. Thomas, and modern jurisprudence, looking more closely at what it means for something to be natural, or even what it means to have a law. Times of study and prayer were interspersed with opportunities to dialogue with some prominent and truly outstanding Catholic public figures.

Discussions on the natural law tradition were given a new context as the participants experienced the politically charged nature of our nation’s capital first hand. It is one thing to think about justice abstractly, and another to stand on the steps of the Lincoln memorial and remember the implications that an understating of just action the common good can have on American society.

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