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2018 APPI Summer Seminar: “Natural Law in the American Political Tradition”

July 22 @ 6:00 pm - July 27 @ 5:00 pm

APPI 2018 Summer Seminar

        This summer, the APPI will hold its first annual summer seminar at the University of Dallas, for college students and recent college graduates. In line with the APPI’s mission, the seminar will help students to understand the natural law public philosophy that was an essential part of the principles of the American Founding.  This public philosophy is one that pursues freedom and prosperity and is grounded on the moral integrity of the culture and of our social and political institutions.

Units Will Include:

-Natural Law in Western Civilization (Antigone, Cicero, Aquinas)
-Natural Law and Natural Rights in the American Founding (John Locke, James Wilson, The Common Law)
-Natural Law and Slavery (Lincoln, the Declaration, and the Constitution; Frederick Douglass)
-Natural Law and Property (The Common Law, Calder v. Bull, Economic Due Process)
-Natural Law and Contemporary American Issues (The Right to Life, Marriage, Parental Rights)

Dates: July 22-27, 2018

         The students will arrive Sunday evening and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, with departure late Friday afternoon.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM:     Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM:   Session 1
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM:        Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Session 2
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch/Free
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM:     Session 3
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM:     Free Time
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM:          Dinner
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Study/Free


James Stoner – Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor of political science and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute at Lousiana State University

Christopher Wolfe – Professor of politics at the University of Dallas and President of the APPI


          A non-refundable $250 registration fee is required from all admitted students to offset the costs of tuition, room, and board. A small number of partial scholarships will be available for those with financial need.

Application Deadline: April 9, 2018

Under a rolling admissions policy, we will begin accepting applicants after March 1.

Interested students should send the following to dcarr@appii.org:

    1. Curriculum vitae or résumé with all previous academic and professional experience.
    2. Cover letter expressing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and discussing any relevant experience or familiarity with the topic. Please also explain how you found out about the seminar.
    3. One letter of recommendation from a professor with whom you have recently studied.
    4. Writing sample of between 7 and 15 pages.


July 22 @ 6:00 pm
July 27 @ 5:00 pm