The annual Hildebrand Project Summer Seminar is an intensive immersion program in the philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand. Since 2011, it has brought together students, scholars, and professionals who wish to understand the contributions of Hildebrand and the broader traditions he represents (notably Christian personalism and realist phenomenology) in addressing both perennial and pressing philosophical questions.
What to expect at the Summer Seminar
Keynotes & Panels
Our invited speakers come from a wide variety of intellectual backgrounds. As a result, they engage the themes of our seminars with unique, critical voices.
We do not want to create a vacuum chamber of ideas. Thus, we invite differing perspectives on important issues to engage in robust dialogue with one another.
Small Group Discussion
Our seminars are so much more than a series of lectures. They are also a time for small-group discussion moderated by a faculty member, where your voice enters the conversation along with the rest of your colleagues.
Hosting a unique cultural experience during the seminar is important for us. From classical music to film screenings, we strive to engage with beauty, a theme so central to our namesake.
We believe in building a vibrant personalist community. As a result, our seminars are more than just intellectual pursuits, but a time to connect with one another on a personal level, creating a lifelong community.
Nestled in the hills of the Ohio Valley, Franciscan University provides a beautiful, quiet landscape to remove oneself from the busyness of everyday city life.
Join us at the Summer Seminar
Watch our extensive video selection on our YouTube channel to get a sense of what the seminar is like.
Our participants and speakers, despite different intellectual backgrounds and disciplines, are all committed to the dignity of the human person.