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The Agora Fellowships

An opportunity for students to take part in a program where ideas and themes from the greatest books ever written will be discussed as part of a regular forum. Discussions about society, politics, economics, psychology, and culture will be led by Dr. George Bragues, Assistant Vice-Provost of UofGH and Dr. Matthew LaGrone, Assistant Program Head of Electives.

Accepted students are recognized as Agora Fellows.


Fellows meet 8 times during the fall 2021 semester. Each meeting is approximately 2 hours.


'Beauty and the Soul' is the theme of the discussions.

Questions explored include:

  • How might one define beauty?
  • Is that which we find beautiful—art, music, a place, a person, an idea, etc.—objective or subjective?
  • Is beauty frivolous or deeply necessary in human life?
  • Is there a dark side to our attraction to beauty?
  • Is beauty a moral or religious ideal/value?
  • How is beauty related to love and desire?

Readings for discussion

  • Plato, Symposium
  • Johann Gottfried Herder, Another Philosophy of History
  • Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment
  • Ananda Coomaraswamy, The Dance of Síva
  • Nancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest

Field trip

Agora Fellows also participate in a field trip (location TBD), led by Dr. George Bragues and Dr. Matthew LaGrone. This provides an opportunity to gain a more practical understanding of the topics discussed at the meetings.


Though no course credit is granted for participating in the discussion group, students chosen to become Agora Fellows will benefit from:

  • A distinctive title and accomplishment for your resume and co-curricular record
  • Free copies of the books under discussion
  • An all-expenses (flight + accommodations) paid field trip
  • A deepened understanding of the human project

Availability & Eligibility

There are up to 8 Agora fellowships available for fall 2021.

All University of Guelph-Humber students are eligible to apply. 

We will be looking to form a group of students with a diversity of life experiences and perspectives, willing to engage in respectful conversation and debate.

Application Form

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Deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, 2021.

For inquiries, please email