2018 Seminars


Work, Leisure, & the Good Life

June 3 - June 8

Markets & Morals

June 16 - June 22

What Are the Humanities For?

June 28 - August 3

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Academic excellence and intellectual community

Each of Elm's summer seminars provides the opportunity to spend an intense week learning from world-class faculty and students

Reading materials for the seminars are sent to participants 5-6 weeks before the start of the seminar, so that everyone who takes part can arrive ready to participate fully in the vibrant discussions while still having time to enjoy Yale and the city of New Haven.

16 participants are accepted. Our students often stay in touch, so the conversation can continue well beyond the seminar itself.


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The Yale Experience

Accommodation is provided for all participants in one of Yale's beautiful residential colleges. Meals are provided throughout the week in Yale dining halls.

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Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout the week there are organized trips and opportunities to take advantage of the best that Yale and New Haven have to offer, including: 

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Yale Center for British Art

Yale University Art Gallery

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How to Apply

To apply to one of our seminars, click on the appropriate link:

Work, Leisure, & the Good Life (June 3 to June 8)
Applications due March 18

Markets & Morals (June 16 to June 22)
Applications due March 18

What are the Humanities For? (July 23 to August 3)
Applications due April 1





My experience at the Elm Institute's "Markets and Morals" seminar deepened my understanding of fundamental ethical questions. The faculty members shared original insights and gave us a forum to discuss and develop our own ideas on the topics. Even more special were the evening and between-class activities—I got to know so many interesting and impressive people. I can't recommend Elm seminars highly enough!

— Luke Waggoner, Villanova University '16

I am grateful to Elm Institute for such an incredible experience last August. It made me understand some point about the role of State, the importance of civil activism and some deep questions concerning the human nature. Prior to the seminar, I had never had the opportunity to reflect in such a way. I strongly encourage you to keep working on this project that can make a big intellectual difference in people’s life. Influencing young people can lead us to a completely different intellectual destiny. Thank you for influencing mine.

— Ana Luiza Gomes, Universidade de São Paulo '16

With the Elm Institute, I had the opportunity to read excellent texts and learn with prestigious faculty and a diverse group of undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals from all over the world. I studied in a community of scholars dedicated to good conversation, truly interdisciplinary learning, and academic integrity. I am incredibly grateful for my time at Elm!

— Emmalee Moffitt, Templeton Honors College at Eastern University '16