Catholic Social & Political Thought Initiative

The Catholic Social & Political Thought initiative is devoted to the investigation of Catholicism’s rich intellectual and cultural heritage. From art and architecture to poetry and literature, from food and environmentalism to economic and political thought, the CSPT initiative continues the UW’s ecumenical and public spirited tradition by promoting the teaching, research, and critical investigation of the Catholic tradition by engaging a diverse audience, both secular and religious.

Fellows Program

As part of the Catholic Social & Political thought Initiative, the CSLD supports a Student Fellows Program. This program offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue academic interests related to knowledge and appreciation of Catholic heritage, including the exploration of Catholic social and political thought, history, religion, architecture, art, music, and literature. The program will allow students to conjoin their UW-Madison academic experience and career paths with Catholicism’s rich intellectual, moral and cultural heritage.

Each year we select up to twelve CSPT Fellows to participate in the program, which can include:

    • Conferences
    • Catholic cultural encounter Trips
    • Academic Seminars
    • Debates
    • Reading Groups
    • Research Opportunities
    • Public Lecture Series
    • Service Opportunities


Interested in supporting the Catholic Social & Political Thought Initiative? See how you can help the Center.