AN INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY AND CULTURE IN

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
COVID Response: All in-person and/or online programming will adapt with the most current health guidelines.

Spring 2022 Theme: Happiness

We all want to be happy, but what does it mean to live a happy life and how does one get there?

This coming spring, the Austin Institute events will try to answer these questions. Looking at what lies at the root of any form of human flourishing, our speakers will help us navigate these issues in the broadest and yet deepest way. We will look at happiness through the eyes of philosophy, law, sociology, and literature. Hopefully, this will be an occasion to grow in happiness together, learning what it is that we should be starving for in this life.
 

Check these ones out, register to save your spot, and keep an eye on our website for what is coming next!

WELCOME BACK PIZZA AND MOVIE NIGHT

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19
    6:00 PM, Stumberg Hall
    Reservation Required​​

SEMINARS

1.) "How and How Not to Be Happy" with UT Professor J. Budziszewski

  • Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15
    7:00–8:30 PM Stumberg Hall

2.) "The Classical Ideal of Happiness: On Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Some Modern Alternatives" with Dr. Dana Stauffer and Dr. Erik Dempsey

  • Feb. 22, Mar. 8, 15 & 22
    7:00–8:30 PM Stumberg Hall​

 TABLE TALKS

1.) "It’s Not Selfish to Pursue One’s Own Happiness (Rightly Understood):

Reconciling Platonic Eros with Christian Agape" with Professor Robert Koons

  • Jan. 31, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street, Austin

2.) "'The Pursuit of Happiness' from the Declaration of Independence to 2022" with Dr. Alan Sager

  • Feb. 21, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street, Austin

LECTURES
Forthcoming


More events to come!

  • The Good Life Book Club
    The Good Life Book Club
    Sep 02, 2021, 6:30 PM – May 12, 2022, 8:30 PM
    Austin Institute, 3206 Fairfax Walk, Austin, TX 78705, USA
    This program is for Austin’s young professionals. We are creating a space, a recurring occasion for cultural enrichment, dialogue, and personal growth. We will meet every other week, on Thursday or Friday evening (based on attendees' needs). Register below to save your spot... and spread the word!
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THIS SUMMER AT THE AUSTIN INSTITUTE
Our summer programs are booked and underway!
Learn more about our seminars by following the buttons below.
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 Undergraduate Fellows Program 

 Summer Session 

 A week in Galveston, TX 

 Time for learning and leisure 

     
PROGRAM AREAS
COMPACT SEMINARS

Each semester we host compact seminars 3-4 weeks long just north of UT's campus. We examine a range of issues and questions from moral problems to technology and relationships.

TABLE TALKS

Each month we host a free dinner near UT with a guest presenter, interesting people from business, non-profit, university life, or ministry. These are intentionally small gatherings and we open the table for questions and conversation.

LECTURES AND DEBATES

Tackling significant questions in economics, bioethics, or sexuality, we host lectures and debates from a range of viewpoints and with speakers from Austin and all over the US. Big ideas are welcome!

SUMMER SEMINARS

With scholars and students from across the country, each summer we host seminars for high school and college students exploring questions fundamental to human life and flourishing.