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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. 

Accepted students are recognized as Agora Fellows.

Schedule

Fellows meet 8 times during the fall 2018 semester. Each meeting is approximately 2 hours.

Topics

'Good and Evil' is the theme of the discussions.

Questions explored include:

  • What is good and evil?
  • Do good and evil objectively exist in the universe?
  • Are good and evil subjective?
  • Is the universe fundamentally good?
  • How do human beings exhibit good and evil in their thoughts and actions?
  • To what extent is every person capable of good and evil?
  • How do different moral philosophies and religions understand good and evil?
  • How does society and culture affect people’s conceptions of good and evil?
  • How can we make sense of the presence of evil in the universe?

Readings for discussion

  • On the Ends of Good and Evil, by Cicero
  • The Sermon on the Mount, from The New Testament
  • The Book of Job, from the Old Testament
  • The Dhammapada (Excerpts)
  • The Bhagavad  Gita (Excerpts)
  • Beyond Good and Evil (Excerpts), by Friedrich Nietzsche

Field trip

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

Benefits

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 2018.

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 6, 2018.

For inquiries, please email sonika.arora@guelphhumber.ca