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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, Interim Vice-Provost of UofGH and Dr. Matthew LaGrone, Program Head, Liberal Studies.

Accepted students are recognized as Agora Fellows.

Schedule

Fellows meet 8 times during the fall 2022 semester. Each meeting is approximately 2 hours.

Topics

'The Environment and Humanity' is the theme of the discussions.

Questions explored include:

  • What is the place of human beings within the natural environment?
  • What is the meaning of nature?
  • How are human beings to be understood in relation to other animals and inanimate objects within the natural order?
  • What standpoint should human beings adopt towards the natural environment?
  • How should human beings treat other animals?
  • How has humanity impacted the environment?
  • What are the environmental threats that humanity faces?
  • What do human beings need to do to ensure a healthy environment

Readings for discussion

Selections will be read from the following:

  • On the Nature of the Gods, by Cicero
  • The Book of Genesis
  • The Qur'an
  • The Vedas
  • The Sutras
  • Second Treatise of Government, by John Locke
  • Discourse on Method, by Rene Descartes
  • An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, by Jeremy Bentham
  • Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond

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.

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 works 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 2022.

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 8, 2022.

For inquiries, please email assistvp@guelphhumber.ca