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SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT
at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
“Beautiful exposition of the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Doctrine.”
“Invaluable for development of curriculum.”
“A great framework to pursue my studies.”
When it comes to the intellectual life of the university, the
lamp of Catholic thought is hidden under a bushel. . .in public discussion
and debate it is rare to find a Catholic professor addressing the issues
in a distinctively Catholic way.” Although this assessment, by
Robert Wilken, refers to non-Catholic institutions, the same could also be
said of most nominally Catholic institutions, which remain effectively
secularized at the level of academic discourse.
The aim of the Summer Catholic Social Thought (CST) Institute,
conducted by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) and The
Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education of the Cardinal Newman
Society (non-profit, tax-exempt Catholic scholarly and professional
organizations) is to provide Catholic faculty and graduate students in the
social sciences and related disciplines a basic grounding and application
of Catholic social thought in order to help them to incorporate the
academic social sciences into a Catholic worldview.
To this end, the
Summer CST Institute provides an intensive, stimulating and practical
weeklong introduction to Catholic Social Thought, emphasizing both theory
and application to specific academic disciplines in the arts and human
sciences. As in the sample of statements above from participant
evaluations, participating faculty attest that the Summer CST Institute
has been highly successful in achieving this aim, and in providing unique
value for their careers in both teaching and research.
The week (Monday through Friday) is organized around four 90-minute
sessions a day. Each session is about half lecture and half discussion. In
a typical week:
The remainder of the week is devoted to applications to specific social science content areas, each taught by an expert in the respective discipline.
The Institute venue is a short walk from the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception, the John Paul II Cultural Center , and over 50
Catholic religious houses, shrines, institutes and apostolates.
Numerous apostolates and agencies related to Catholic social justice
issues in Washington , D.C. are a short subway trip away. Participants may
also participate in daily Mass at the National Shrine or Lauds or Matins
at one of several nearby Franciscan or Dominican monasteries.
The Summer Institute is directed by the Rev. Dr. Paul Sullins,
Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America, and editor
of Catholic Social Thought: American Responses to the Compendium
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). The tuition fee for an individual
participant in the weeklong Summer Institute is $600. An institution
may sponsor up to two individuals for $1,000. These fees are
subsidized through generous donations to this project, and do not
represent the full cost of producing the week-long Summer Institute.
A limited number of scholarships are available for individual enrollees as
needed. Graduate students who attend the Institute may be eligible, if
they write a research paper, to receive 3 credits from the Graduate
For more information or with questions, contact us at Summer Institute
of Catholic Social Thought, Aquinas Hall 116, Catholic University of
America, Washington, DC 20064; phone (202) 319-5445; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next SCSS Summer Catholic Social Thought Institute
will take place at The Catholic
University of America in Washington, D.C. For full information please
see the brochure linked to this page.
Checks should be made out to: Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought.