The University of Texas at Austin - Civitas Institute


School of Civic Leadership at UT Austin

Undergraduate Programs

Society of Fellows Undergraduate Symposium on “Liberty and its Critics”

August 25-26, 2023 at Camp Lucy

“Human liberty,” Tocqueville wrote, is “the source of all moral greatness.” When we think, speak, and act “without constraints, under the sole government of God and the laws,” we cultivate our humanity and discover what it truly means, and what it truly takes, to be happy.

Summer Honors Symposium on “What is Friendship?”

August 10-12, 2024 at Omni Barton Creek Resort

Fellows spent three leisurely days discussing readings on friendship as understood in three distinct intellectual traditions—classic, Christian, and modern.


Arthur Brooks on “The Pursuit of Happiness in an Unhappy World”

October 12, 2023

Arthur C. Brooks is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on leadership, happiness, and social entrepreneurship.