“The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom,
not a trade; character, not technicalities.”
What kind of person do you want to become?
Many people are taught that the key question to ask about a university course is, “What can I do with it?” The Millis Institute asks instead, “What will it do to me?”
After we lay our formal studies and careers aside, the one thing that we’ll continue on with is our character. Thinkers like Augustine and C S Lewis believed that who we are has a lot to do with what we love. One of the most important tasks of a university is to help students love the right things in the right way--to focus their attention and desires toward what is true, good and beautiful.
What kind of person will your university course shape you to become?
The Millis Institute intentionally aims to develop not only good workers but also good people. That’s why our staff and curriculum focus on cultivating students’ intellects as well as their loves. Our faculty teach subjects in “Social and Political Ethics,” “Faith, Learning and Vocation,” “Embodying Trinitarian Love,” and “Interpreting and Engaging Culture” with the goal of helping to make goodness fashionable and beauty desirable.