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Lumen Christi Summer Seminars

Through the In Lumine Group of university-facing centers of Catholic thought and culture, the Harvard Catholic Forum partners with the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago in offering these summer seminars:


Now in their thirteenth year, the Lumen Christi Institute Summer Seminars introduce participants to central themes, figures, and texts spanning a range of topics, but all rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition.


The seminars are open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty as specified in the listings below.


Click the seminar titles for more details and application requirements.

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Economics and Catholic Social Thought: A Primer

June 19-23, 2023 | Rome


Mary Hirschfeld (Villanova University)

Joseph Kaboski (University of Notre Dame)

Msgr. Martin Schlag (University of St. Thomas, MN)

Kirk Doran (University of Notre Dame)


Open to PhD students and faculty in economics, finance and related fields.

Catholic Social Thought in Business Education

May 23-26, 2023 | Washington, DC


James Otteson (University of Notre Dame)

Lloyd Sandelands (University of Michigan)

Msgr. Martin Schlag (University of St. Thomas, MN)

Andreas Widmer (Catholic University of America)


Open to graduate students and faculty of any specialization in business schools.

Monastic Wisdom Seminar

June 5-11, 2023 | Crozet, VA


Led by the Trappistine sisters of the monastery


Open to women aged 18 through 40. 

Catholics and non-Catholics are invited to apply.

The Thought of Rene Girard: Understanding the Faith in a Secular Age

Date TBA, 2023 | Location TBA


Grant Kaplan (St. Louis University)

Trevor Merrill (Cal Tech)


Open to undergraduate students (including 2023 graduates) from any discipline.

The Thought of John Henry Newman

July 1-8, 2023 | University of Oxford


Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ (Georgetown University)


Open to Ph.D. students in theology, philosophy, english and other relevant fields of study.

Gregory Nazianzen’s Five Theological Orations

June 25-July 1, 2023 | University of Toronto


Fr. Andrew Summerson (Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies)

Lewis Ayres (Durham University)


Open to Ph.D. students in theology, philosophy, classics, and other relevant fields of study.

Truth and Authority in Augustine's City of God

July 31-August 5, 2022 | University of California, Berkeley


Russell Hittinger (Lumen Christi Institute)

Fr Michael Sherwin, OP (University of Fribourg)


Open to Ph.D. and J.D. students in theology, philosophy, law, social sciences, and relevant fields of study.

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