Summer Programs

Rome in Focus: Philosophy & Photography in the Eternal City

This course is about insiders and outsiders. How does the perspective of an insider differ from that of an outsider, and what does it mean to bring these perspectives to life? What are the moral dimensions of these designations? What justifies them, and what are their consequences? What sustains a person's or a people's status as an insider or an outsider, and how does this status come to change? These are just some questions we shall ask in investigating the insider/outsider relation as it appears in various walks of personal, philosophical, artistic, social, and political life.

Morning lectures will raise philosophical questions that students confront first in the classroom and then, in the afternoon, through guided photographic excursions into Rome and its environs led by a Tufts Professor of Studio Art as well as guest art historians. Students will earn course credit in either philosophy or studio art, and each student will produce a portfolio of philosophical writing and/or photography.

Students will complete ten online modules before arriving in Rome for Phase II. Modules include guided reading exercises, multimedia clips, essay questions, file search activities, and homework assignments. Each module anticipates a corresponding Phase II session by preparing students to adequately engage Phase II course material.

Please check out the course poster.

Beijing Normal University Summer School

China has cultivated a robust philosophical heritage for more than three millennia, bearing such fruits as the works of Confucius and Laozi. To share this rich tradition and offer insight into China's current situation to global scholars, the School of Philosophy of Beijing Normal University is hosting its third annual Philosophy Summer School on the theme of Daoist philosophy from July 9th to July 23rd, 2017.

The BNU Philosophy Summer School was created for students and young faculty members culture from around who share an interest in traditional Chinese culture. Building on the successes of the program in 2015 and 2016, the School will host a number of globally acclaimed scholars to conduct engaging dialogue about present-day China and share original perspectives on traditional Chinese thought. The BNU Philosophy Summer School provides young scholars a one-of-a-kind chance to meet like-minded individuals with a common passion for uncovering Chinese civilization's wealth of intellectual heritage while building fond shared memories with their peers and instructors.


  • Normally under the age of 40
  • Interested in Chinese culture and philosophy
  • Motivated to make positive contributions to the exchange and collaboration between China and the world

How to Apply

Please send the following application materials by April 10, 2017 to with a subject of "BNU Summer School Application":

  1. Scanned information page of passport;
  2. CV of no more than 3 pages;
  3. Personal Statement of no more than 2 pages. Please include the reasons why you are interested in our summer school and your academic and social achievements;
  4. Two letters of recommendation from your current employer or your academic supervisors;
  5. Completed Application Form for the Young Leaders Program.

Our committee will assess the applications and inform successful applicants by May 17th, 2017.
VISA Information: the applicable visa category for attending the summer school is "L" (tourist visa).

To apply for the scholarship, students need to submit:

  1. A short, separate letter outlining current funding status, financial needs and expected international travel expenses.
  2. An essay that discusses your interests in and previous study of "Chinese Thought and Modern Civilization" between 500-1000 words. Please note that you need not have any previous study in the topic to be considered for the Summer School.

For more information please check out the BNU Philosophy Summer School brochure.

If you would like to apply to participate in the program please complete an application and return it to