Now in its eighth year, this intensive seminar will examine the achievements of Saint John Henry Newman as a theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts.

Format: There will be two 2-hour sessions each day. The seminar will include presentations by Fr. Fields and by participants on the readings assigned, followed by seminar-style discussion.

Location: The seminar will take place at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Participants will be provided with lodging and meals for the duration of the seminar, and a travel stipend.

Application Information: This seminar is open to PhD students, post docs, and junior faculty in the humanities and relevant fields.

 Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A completed online application form.

  • An updated CV.

  • At least one and as many as two letter(s) of recommendation from a member of the program in which the applicant is currently enrolled.

  • A statement of research interest no longer than 750 words, which includes an explanation of how this seminar might bear on the student’s current or future research plans.

  • One academic writing sample (30 pages maximum).