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Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship:
An Introduction to the Natural Law Tradition

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - July 20 @ 1:00 pm

Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship:
An Introduction to the Natural Law Tradition

Sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology and the Thomistic Institute

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship supports rising scholars seeking inspiration from the natural law tradition within the contemporary academic context. The Institute for Human Ecology and the Thomistic Institute are partnering to offer the Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship for students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Applications will be accepted from graduate students and advanced undergraduates who would like to be a Civitas Dei Fellow.
The week-long seminar will introduce students to foundational themes in the natural law tradition. The focus will be an introduction to foundations of political and moral theory of Augustine, Aquinas, and modern constitutional jurisprudence. The program will include visits to institutions in Washington, DC, as well as encounters with outstanding Catholic public figures. The seminar is an excellent way to think theoretically about the intersection of political theory, moral principles, and practical engagement, in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Open to all qualified graduate students and advanced undergraduates. The costs to attend the Civitas Dei Fellowship program (including lodging and reasonable travel expenses) are covered by the sponsors.

The 2019 Fellowship will be held July 7-12, 2019. 


Adrian Vermeule
Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law
Harvard Law School

Adrian Vermeule is the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law. Before coming to the Law School, he was the Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. The author or co-author of nine books, most recently Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State (2016), The Constitution of Risk (2014) and The System of the Constitution (2012). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. His research focuses on administrative law, the administrative state, the design of institutions, and constitutional theory. Having grown up in Cambridge and attended Harvard College ’90 and Harvard Law School ’93, Vermeule lives in Cambridge still.


Rev. Dominic Legge, O.P.
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016), and is a weekly co-host of EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory show.


Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.
Professor of Moral Theology, The Catholic University of America
Executive Director of The Institute for Human Ecology

Joseph Capizzi is the executive director of The Institute for Human Ecology and an ordinary professor of moral theology. He has published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. Recently, Dr. Capizzi worked as a research fellow at the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2013 to 2014.

For more information, please contact ihe@cua.edu or 202-319-5892.


July 15 @ 3:00 pm
July 20 @ 1:00 pm
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Washington, DC 20017 United States
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