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 partnered to offer the Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship for students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Applications were accepted from graduate students and advanced undergraduates who wanted to become a Civitas Dei Fellow.

The week-long seminar introduced students to foundational themes in the natural law tradition. The focus was an introduction to foundations of political and moral theory of Augustine, Aquinas, and modern constitutional jurisprudence. The program included visits to institutions in Washington, DC, as well as encounters with outstanding Catholic public figures. The seminar was 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.

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