Summer Fellowship: “Gender, Technology, and Culture”

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Summer Fellowship: “Gender, Technology, and Culture”

May 30 - June 3

College juniors and seniors, as well as recent graduates, in all fields are cordially invited to apply for the 2023 John Paul II Institute Summer Fellowship, taking place this year on May 30-June 3.

The goal of the Summer Fellowship program is to offer the opportunity for academically talented students to engage deeply with theological and philosophical questions that go to the heart of our current cultural and ecclesial experience. Our theme for this summer’s program is “Gender, Technology, and Culture.”

G.K. Chesterton once predicted that the proposition “leaves are green in summer” will one day become a matter of religious conviction over which swords will be drawn. His prophetic remark foreshadows the present crisis: a basic element of human experience—our being differentiated as male and female, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—has been widely nullified and its expression increasingly sanctioned. What caused this strange development?

The ideology of gender draws on a wider and older narrative of progressive liberation, both from traditional political structures and from the givenness of our “material” condition. Its rhetorical face likens the movement to recent civil rights battles over race or sex. But, unlike the question of race, and more radically than that of sex, it attempts to detach the personal subject from a mechanistically conceived and objectified body, ostensibly transmutable according to subjective preferences. The mantle of political and social liberation has given way to an explicit assault on the givenness of natural and cultural form. As such, the gender movement is perhaps the starkest unmasking to date of modern rationality’s deeper implications.

Our 2023 Summer Fellowship will focus on the relationship between the current gender movement, modernity’s dominant scientific and technological understanding of reality, and the rejection of cultural form. The Fellowship will include not only lectures and seminars but also cultural events.


Prospective Summer Fellows should complete the application form by April 7.  Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 21.

Please note: Applications are still being accepted; however, new applicants may be waitlisted, as the acceptance process is already underway (4/19/23).


All Summer Fellows will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of housing in the dorms of The Catholic University of America, meals, and tuition. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to Washington, DC, public transportation expenses, and a $200 registration fee.

Questions may be directed to Elena Martin at [email protected] or 202-526-3799.


May 30
June 3
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Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family


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