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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 2019 semester. Each meeting is approximately 2 hours.


'Life and Death’ is the theme of the discussions.

Questions explored include:

  • What is the meaning of life given the reality of death?
  • How should life be lived given the prospect of death?
  • What are the problems posed by death while living?
  • How has life and death been understood by different philosophic, religious, and literary traditions?
  • How should we approach the prospect of death?
  • Is there life after death?
  • How can we make sense of the presence of death in the human condition?

Readings for discussion

  • Phaedo, by Plato
  • Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Essays and Aphorisms (Selections) by Arthur Schopenhauer
  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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 2019.

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 5, 2019.

For inquiries, please email