Student Seminars

The Eudaimonia Institute is pleased to offer two extracurricular student seminars this fall.


Seminar Description

  • Each will meet for two hours weekly throughout the semester, on a single designated afternoon/evening in the Eudaimonia House (2599 Reynolda Road; free parking).
  • Students will be asked to prepare approximately 30-40 pages of readings per week.
  • Seminars will consist of open-ended discussion of the assigned texts.
  • The Institute will provide the required books for student participants, a meal at each weekly meeting, and, for students who successfully complete the entire seminar, a $1,000 honorarium upon completion.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Any student in good standing at Wake Forest University may apply.
  • As this is not a credit-earning course, there are no required papers or exams.
  • Participating students commit to preparing the assigned readings, attending each weekly meeting, and engaging thoughtfully in discussion.

Seminar Topics

Fall 2019:

  1. Conservative Political Thought.” Description: A critical exploration of major figures in American twentieth-century “conservative” political thought, including Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, and George Nash. Discussion leader: Daniel Hammond, professor emeritus of economics. This seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm.
  2. Moral Criticisms of Capitalism.” Description: A critical exploration of the nature and ethical status of capitalism, including topics such as whether capitalism oppresses or exploits the poor, leads to massive inequalities, or distributes resources unjustly. Discussion leader: Dr. Gregory Robson, research associate in the Eudaimonia Institute. This seminar will meet on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Spring 2020 (tentative; descriptions to follow):

  1. “The Philosophy and Social Science of Happiness.”
  2. “Leadership Lessons from Antiquity.”


To inquire into or get more information about the spring seminars please click here.