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Compact Seminars


Open to the general public, these seminars are a forum for discussing both timely questions of culture and long-standing problems relating to living well. They are a search for meaning with the assumption that a community of learners offers a different approach than solitary reading, however fruitful. 

Taught by university educators, seminars follow a range of issues related to family and culture. The open-table format provides for both direction from the seminar leader and participation from the larger group. 

Seminars are usually held in the evening at Stumberg Hall, home of the Austin Institute, and snacks and refreshments are provided. 


  • Seminar: Religion and Science: Friends or Foes? with Professor Robert Koons
    Mar 23, 2021, 7:00 PM – Apr 13, 2021, 8:30 PM
    Stumberg Hall, 3206 Fairfax Walk, Austin, TX 78705, USA
    Join our seminar series with our A.I. fellow, Dr. Robert Koons, as we explore the compatibility and potential conflicts between Faith and Science!
  • Seminar: The Great Divides with Dr. Kevin Stuart
    Feb 02, 2021, 7:00 PM – Feb 23, 2021, 8:30 PM
    Stumberg Hall, 3206 Fairfax Walk, Austin, TX 78705, USA
    In this seminar, Dr. Stuart offers four fundamental experiences of division currently moving American politics. From the status of liberalism to 1619 and MLK to urban and rural politics to God and religion, this seminar will function as a kind of overview and cover a lot of ground.

Previous topics and educators include:

  • Going Local
    Dr. Bethany Hebbard

  • Technology and Human Persons
    Dr. Ryan Womack

  • Cheap Sex Reading Group
    Dr. DeAnn Stuart and Dr. Ryan Womack


For more information, contact Dr. DeAnn Stuart, temporary director of academic programming, at

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