The University of Texas at Austin - Civitas Institute

Summer Honors Symposium – Undergraduate Fellowship

What is friendship?

Aug 10
Aug 12
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa August 10 - 12, 2023 Apply
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What do the classical, Christian, and modern traditions say about friendship?

What is the relation between friendship and politics?

The Civitas Institute at the University of Texas at Austin invites UT-Austin undergraduate students to apply for the Civitas Summer Honors Symposium. The event will take place at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, from Thursday, August 10 to Saturday, August 12, 2023. All expenses are covered by the Civitas Institute.

Every year, the Summer Honors Symposium will bring together a community of students and prominent scholars to discuss a theme relevant to the political, ethical, or economic dimension of human flourishing. The theme of this year’s symposium is friendship and its philosophic foundations.

Fellows will spend three leisurely days discussing readings on friendship as understood in three distinct intellectual traditions—classic, Christian, and modern—under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Bonevac and Dr. J. Budziszewski. The purpose of the program is to help students acquire the intellectual perspective that will enable them to reflect on the place and even possibility of friendship in modern times. These readings and conversations are also intended to help students think about the languishing state of civic friendship in the United States and the conditions for its renewal.

Requirements to Apply

You must be a UT undergraduate student at the time of your application. Submit your application here.

Review of applications will begin on April 15.

Please address inquiries to:

Antonio Sosa 
Associate Director
Civitas Institute
University of Texas at Austin

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