NYC WISDOM SEMINAR: Application deadline Nov 1st



JUNE 14-16, 2017

From June 14-16, 2017 Fordham University will host a three-day seminar exploring the connections between wisdom and adversity. It will take place at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan.

Eight invited philosophers and psychologists will lead the seminar, along with 15 advanced graduate students and faculty. They are holding open applications for these 15 spots.

The seminar will focus on characterizing the nature of wisdom and examining how adversity can lead to advances in wisdom. Some central questions include: What is wisdom, and how might it be measured or promoted? Why is it that some experiences of adversity lead to wisdom while others are more purely negative? How can we cultivate character traits that help to promote wisdom from adversity?

Faculty guests include: Jason Baehr (Philosophy, Loyola Marymount), Laura Blackie (Psychology, Nottingham), Don Davis (Psychology, Georgia State), Judith Gluck (Klagenfurt), Stephen Grimm (Philosophy, Fordham), Eranda Jayawickreme (Psychology, Wake Forest), Howard Nusbaum (Psychology, Chicago), and Paul O'Grady (Philosophy, Trinity).


Accepted seminar participants will receive a $2,000 honorarium plus daily meals and 4 nights of hotels in Manhattan.

Seminar participants commit to studying items on the seminar syllabus prior to the event.

To apply, please send the following items in one email to with the subject heading “Wisdom Seminar”:

(i) a letter explaining how the applicant might contribute to the seminar, and how the seminar relates to his or her current research (500 words maximum)

(ii) CV

(iii) one writing sample


The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2016. Winners will be announced by mid-December.

Please direct all questions to Stephen Grimm:

The seminar is made possible by a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.

Read the call for applications: Grimm, S.R. (2016, October). NYC wisdom seminar [blogpost]. Retrieved from

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