Summer School - European Humanism in the Making - Gubbio, Italy

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Posted 07th July

Students of SPPU, Maynooth, along with Dr Michael Shortall, joined students from all across Europe in the medieval town of Gubbio, Italy, where they spoke of their experiences, dreams and concerns for Europe.

It is project of European Federation of Catholic Universities (, of which St Patrick's Pontifical University is a member.

To learn more from the students and lecturers, click here.

Under the title "European Humanism in the Making", we reflect together with students from other European universities on the European project in its various dimensions: historical, cultural-literary, religious, scientific-philosophical. The theme of social institutions and citizenship is also discussed. The course participants gain a better understanding of what Europe can mean for us and for the future. This is done on the basis of changing formats and interactive sessions in a beautiful historical environment.

it is hosted by LUMSA University, Rome on their campus in Gubbio, near Perugia in Italy. Students come from across subjects including law and psychology, theology and philosophy, political and economic sciences, social and cultural sciences, geography and education. They come from as far afield as Georgia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland and Lebanon.

The school is made up of classes in the morning, workshops in the afternoon and public lectures in the evening. The students value the summer school as an enriching experience, and appreciate the multicultural exchange with open-minded persons from various religious, cultural and national traditions and the personal interaction with the teachers.

The programme consists of following five modules, structured in two parts:

PART I – Historical and Cultural Roots: Implications for Europe Today

Contribution of History to European Consciousness

Literature, the Arts, Translation and European Identity

Religion and Science and the Challenges of Humanism in Europe

PART II – Social and Political Construction: Implications for the Future of Europe

European Social Humanism

Governance, Democracy and Civic Engagement: Beyond Differences



(SPPU students, Ellen Dunne and Benjamin Bailey, pictured at the Summer School, along with Dr Michael Shortall.)