800 E. Lancaster Avenue
SAC Room 103
Villanova, Pa 19085
Civitas through Caritas: Cultivating Love, Cultivating Citizens is a summer program hosted by Villanova University's Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Villanova's signature course for all first-year students, for rising high school seniors in the greater Philadelphia area. The program is committed to recruiting students who are from under-served and under-represented groups, with significant financial need and/or other barriers to higher education. Civitas through Caritas is made possible by a generous grant from the Teagle Foundation as part of their "Education for American Civic Life" initiative.
Civitas means "civil society; caritas means "love." Civitas through Caritas explores the possibility that a civil society requires a sense of love, justice, and the common good in order for all of its members to truly flourish.
Civitas through Caritas asks rising high school seniors to explore what it means to be a citizen, allowing a rich conversation to occur across perceived cultural differences, and reflection on the Augustinian values of love and community. This program invites young people to read and reflect on important books from across the centuries, introducing them to the timeless questions raised by these enduring works of human culture.
Civitas through Caritas also provides a practical method of access to higher education and encourages students to pursue the liberal arts by supporting them through their senior year of high school and college application process.
School Year Institute
During the three-week summer session, students will meet in daily seminars to engage in conversation about the readings with two faculty, along with undergraduate co-facilitators. The co-facilitators will also serve as peer mentors and tutors. There will be short writing assignments as part of the preparation for class discussions.
Throughout the program, we will look to Augustine, a North African and Roman citizen, as a role model. Framed by St. Augustine's definition of civil society, we invite students to consider what love is, what people have said they loved, what they have actually loved, and what they ought to have loved - and, most importantly, to ask the same questions of ourselves.
SYLLABUS: The syllabus for Civitas through Caritas includes books that ACS explores with first-year college students.
There will be weekly field trips to a variety of cultural and historical sites in the Philadelphia area, including the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Old St. Augustine's Church, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, the African American Museum, and the Museum of the American Revolution.
Sunday, June 26 Students arrive late afternoon; welcome reception for students and families
June 27-July 1 Week one – summer session (session ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday; students return home for weekend); field trip on Wednesday
Monday, July 4 No Classes
Tuesday, July 5 Students return Tuesday morning by 9:00 am (ice cream social in residence hall Tuesday evening)
July 5 - July 8 Week two – summer session (session ends at 4:00 p.m. Friday; students return home for weekend); field trip on Wednesday
Sunday, July 10 Students return Sunday evening (pizza social in residence hall)
July 11-July 15 Week three – summer session. Field trip on Wednesday. Session ends on Friday at 4:00 p.m. with closing picnic for families
Saturday, August 13 College Application Workshop Day 10:00am - 4:00 pm Goal is to have the basic application filled out by the end of the day (except for essays)
School year weekend sessions will include 1-2 hours of college application prep (one-on-one time with writing tutors) and one hour of project guidance with faculty advisors for team projects.