Gary L. McDowell Institute 2022-23 Student Fellows Program

True to the principles that inspire the McDowell Institute, the Student Fellows Program seeks to engage ideas across the ideological spectrum and is designed to enrich the intellectual experience of students interested in political, social, and economic thought. 

The 2022-23 fellows participate in a co-curricular reading group focused on Roosevelt MontásRescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation (Princeton University Press, 2021). Montás grew up in the Dominican Republic before moving to New York City at age 12. He discovered the classics four years later after rescuing a copy of Socrates from his neighbor’s trash. He studied at Columbia University, where he is now senior lecturer in American Studies and English. Rescuing Socrates details his experiences as both a student and teacher. In it he shares how the Great Books transformed his life, and why he feels they have the power to speak to people of all backgrounds.

Fellows discuss enduring questions raised by the text and apply insights to contemporary issues. 

Students interested in becoming a McDowell Fellow should email McDowell Institute co-director Dr. Terry Price a statement of interest in the program and the name of a University of Richmond faculty member who is willing to serve as a reference. A selection committee will begin reviewing applications on Sept. 9.

2022-23 Seminar Leader

Jessica Flanigan Dr. Jessica Flanigan, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics & Democratic Values

2022-23 Scholar for the Day Presentation

Roosevelt Montás,
Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Columbia University, author of Rescuing Socrates

2021-22 Student Fellows

Shelby Campbell, ’25
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and Business Administration
Sean Corbett, ’23
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
Nico Ellis, '23
Leadership Studies and Political Science
Brie Grossman Gabrielle (Brie) Grossman, ’23
Leadership Studies and Business
Maha Hassan Maha Hassan, ’22
Leadership Studies and Sociology
Calvin Hogg Calvin Hogg, ’22
German Studies and Global Studies
Anna-Laura Houston, '25
Undeclared Major
Bond Magevney Bond Magevney, ’23
Leadership Studies
Megnha Melkote Meghna Melkote, ’22
Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies
Annie Michael, '24
Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
Lauren Oligino, '24
Leadership Studies and Political Science
Ben Queen, '23
Leadership Studies