Call for Applications: High School Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion

The High School Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion
Hosted by the Civil Discourse Project (formerly known as the Arete Initiative)
Dates: July 10-15, 2022
Location: Duke University
Durham, NC

We are now accepting applications for the 4th annual High School Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion. With readings from authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, the seminar will explore big ideas in philosophy, including the basis of morality, the metaphysics of reality, and the relationship between science and religion. Several Duke faculty members will co-teach the seminar. Participants are responsible for their own travel but, once at Duke, it will be a cost-free experience for them. Students will stay in Duke dormitories on the West Campus and be provided meal cards. Previous students’ evaluations showed that they found the seminar to be intellectually rewarding and influential in their lives. As one student wrote, “I know I’m going to carry the things I’ve learned here for the rest of my life. Thank you.” Another remarked, “This seminar was amazing, and I’ll never forget it. I feel like I can’t even review it objectively because it’s become very dear to me.”

To apply, please send an application to J.D. Wagner at jordan.wagner@duke.edu and include a one-page cover letter explaining why you wish to attend the seminar, a copy of high school transcripts, and a 300 word essay in response to Meno’s question, “Can virtue be taught?” Applications will be handled on a rolling basis. Preference is given to rising seniors, but we will consider rising juniors or graduating seniors as well.

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