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Virtues, Vices, and the University Life

A Summer Seminar for Undergraduate Students

Dates: July 7-13, 2019

Place: The University of Texas at Austin

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

What does the moral life have to do with learning?

How might anger, envy, or sloth distort our vision of the good life and separate us from others? What do the virtues of forgiveness, wonder, and humility have to do with becoming a good student and a responsible adult? 


University life makes new and certain demands on college students, but the habits developed during this season often remain long after. This seminar aims at examining the vices that undermine the happy life and the virtues that draw us more into liberal learning as well as community.


This seminar will look to philosophy, literature, the arts, and each other to better quell the vices and fortify the virtues, moving from texts both new and old in a conversation about learning and the good life.


Classroom instruction will be supplemented with outdoor activities, cultural outings, film viewings, and all the best that Austin has to offer, so students can expect a generous dose of fun mixed in with their study.


Undergraduate students and graduating high school seniors may apply.


  • Dr. Brandon Dahm, Philosophy, Franciscan University

  • Dr. Ryan Womack, English, Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

Registration Fee, Lodging, and Board

This seminar is hosted on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Men and women will be housed in separate wings. Resident Advisors will stay with students on their respective wings. A non-refundable $300 registration fee will be required of all accepted applicants to reserve a place in the seminar. This fee covers tuition, room, board, and books. It does not include travel expenses. Scholarships are available for those with financial need.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

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