The University of Texas at Austin - Civitas Institute

Inquiry for a Free Society

A freer, more vibrant future depends on civic-minded inquiry.

A community of scholars exploring the ideas and institutions that create flourishing societies.

Independent thought, civil discourse, reasoned deliberation and intellectual curiosity are central to the Civitas ethos.

Cultivating tomorrow’s civic leaders.

The undergraduate Society of Fellows and Summer Honors Symposium offer students a deep dive into the concept of liberty.

Studying the foundations of a free and enduring society.

Civitas programs facilitate inquiry about individual rights and civic virtue, constitutionalism and the rule of law, and free enterprise and markets.

Bringing leading voices to campus and community.

A wide array of seminars, lectures, and book talks are open to the public.

Truth Shall Set You Free engraved into the University of Texas Main Building.