Now in its fourth year, this seminar is designed as an introduction and immersion into Catholic social thought for graduate students and junior faculty in economics, finance, or related fields. Participants will cover foundational principles in Catholic social thought, starting with the human person, dignity, freedom, subsidiarity, solidarity, and the common good, and moving toward applications of these principles to conceptual understandings and ethical considerations involving economic topics such as utility theory, firm and business ethics, wages, markets, globalization, poverty, and development. Participants will delve into social encyclicals, secondary sources, and relevant economics texts.

This seminar is sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute; the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization; the De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; and the he Institute for the Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

*Dates reflect the days of seminar sessions. Participants should expect to arrive on June 10 and depart on June 15.

Format: There will be ten sessions over the course of four days, featuring a different instructor. Each instructor will open with a lecture, and then we will turn to a seminar style discussion of the texts and issues at hand. In the final sessions, we will discuss how the material can be applied to each student’s particular area of interest. There will also be opportunities for mass and several outings to important religious sites.

Location: The seminar will take place at the Notre Dame Global Gateway outside of Jerusalem. Participants will be provided with accommodations and meals, and a limited number of travel stipends are available on a need basis.

Application Information:
This seminar will be open to Ph.D. students and faculty in Economics, Finance and related fields.

Applicants will be required to submit a completed online application form, including:

  • An updated CV.
  • A brief statement of research interest no longer than 750 words.
  • One academic writing sample.

All application materials can be submitted via the online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 15 applicants will be admitted to this seminar.

Application materials are due March 1.

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