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The Franklin Fellows program is designed for students who like big ideas and want to supplement their exposure to great works of art, literature, and philosophy.  It is a place to find friends who are serious about the life of the mind.  The heart and soul of the program is in informal conversation outside the classroom. Fellows participate in activities such as small-scale reading groups, film discussion groups, and trips to fine arts venues like the Shakespeare Tavern and Atlanta Symphony Hall. We also meet regularly for informal lunches.

Check out our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information.

Franklin's Junto Club

"In the autumn of [1727] I had form'd most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the Junto; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss'd by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased.  Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute or desire of victory."


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this a new program?

The Franklin Fellows Program launched in 2016. It’s the latest initiative of the Program in Democracy and Citizenship, best known for the Voluntary Core Curriculum (VCC) – Emory’s great books program for freshmen.  The Franklin Fellows program is designed to build on the VCC’s foundation to guide students through solid, traditional liberal arts education over their full undergraduate career.


Is this a major or minor? 

No. There are no curricular requirements for the program, although we do provide a guide to courses at Emory that fit the spirit of the program.  All events are extracurricular.  Any Emory undergraduate from the College or Business School may apply, regardless of major. (We’re not set up for Oxford yet, but that’s in the works, so stay tuned.) 

When do you meet?

Our regular meeting time is Fridays 11:30-12:45.  Times for special events vary.


Are events mandatory?

Yes. By becoming a Franklin Fellow, you are committing to prioritizing FF events.  Failure to notify us of unavoidable conflicts or chronic absences will result in removal from the program. Be aware that some events require a small amount of preparation (e.g. reading a play or article), although many require no prep at all.  Will the events fit into your schedule? That’s up to you and your priorities for your education at Emory.  The Franklin Fellows program could potentially be the most meaningful part of your undergraduate experience.

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