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Now in its sixth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine the achievements of Blessed 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 Professor Ker and by participants on the readings assigned, followed by seminar-style discussion.

Location: The seminar will take place at Merton College at the University of Oxford. Students will be provided with lodging and meals while at Oxford, and a travel stipend of up to $700.

Application Information: This seminar will be open to PhD students in the humanities and relevant fields (such as philosophy, theology, English, classics, & history).

 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 student 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).

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I apply for more than one seminar?
Yes. You may apply for multiple seminars. Please indicate your order of preference in your statement of purpose for each application. Each applicant may only be admitted to one seminar.

I am a PhD student graduating this academic year. Can I still apply?

I am currently an undergraduate or masters student, but have been admitted to a PhD program for the next academic year. Can I still apply?
Yes, please indicate this somehwere in your application.

I have attended a Lumen Christi Institute seminar in the past. May I still apply?

Do I have to be Catholic to apply?
No. The Lumen Christi Institute exists to promotes the Catholic intellectual tradition and is committed to the integration of the intellectual and spiritual life. The Institute welcomes seminar participants of all or no religious affiliation, and wants to assure all applicants that the opportunities to participate in devotional activities are optional.

Contact us with any further questions.