Graduate Fellows Colloquia: Spring 2016

Collegium Institute invites all graduate students and other interested individuals from the University of Pennsylvania and Greater Philadelphia Area to join its graduate fellows for the spring colloquia series focusing on John Henry Newman’s The Idea of a University.  Fellows will explore excerpts of Newman’s book paired with various snapshots of the modern academy.

All readings are provided free of charge and refreshments are served!

Thursday, March 17 at 7p.m. in Arch 107. We will read Discourses 1-4 of Part I which, following an introduction to the university as a whole, argue for the place of theology in the university.  We will juxtapose that to the mission statement of Penn’s Religious Studies Department as well as with the video welcome to Trump University.

Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Arch 106. We will read Discourses 5-8 of Part I on the pursuit of knowledge in the university along with David Brooks’ seminal article on the over-professionalization of elite liberal arts students, in preparation for a lecture by Anthony Grafton on Friday, April 8.

Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in Arch 107. We will read Discourses 1-3 of Part II on Christianity and Literature in preparation for a lecture by Joseph Bottom on Thursday, April 27 on the same topic.

For more information or to receive reading materials, contact Katie Becker:

Circle of St. Bede

Upcoming Meetings for October 2014 

CIRCLE OF ST. BEDE invites faculty, post docs, grad students, professionals and other interested early risers to join us. We seek to promote the integration of faith with our academic lives and to foster a sense of Catholic community in the campus setting. We meet for coffee and socializing following the 7:30 a.m. mass. Presentations begin promptly at 8:10 a.m. and finish at 8:50 a.m. Typically the group discusses a reading on the topic distributed a week before. [in the lower level of the Penn Newman Center].

“Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love.

Pope Francis
The Joy of the Gospel


Tues. Oct. 7. “On the holy rosary.” Discussion led by Dr. Marisa Marsh, astrophysicist, Dept. of Physics. .

Tues. Oct. 14. “On consulting the faithful in matters of doctrine” by John Henry Newman, 1859. Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Oct. 21. Open

Oct. 28. Open

A note on parking. The parish of St. Agatha-St. James kindly permits limited use of the rectory parking lot for those attending morning mass and/or Circle of St. Bede. This is a privilege that must be used with respect. The slots available on a first-come basis face the Newman Center and are situated towards the upper end of the lot. On-street meter parking is available on 38th St. beside the church or on Sansom St behind the center, which is located at 3720 Chestnut St. The south side of Chestnut directly in front of the Newman Center was formerly a tow zone but now is potentially available as meter parking from 8 a.m. onward. However, due to heavy construction across the street currently it may not be available there on any given day.



What Happened to Syria?

A presentation by the author of “Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present”

When: October 16, 2014; 5:30 p.m.

Where: Amado Room of Irvine Auditorium (3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia)

Featuring Christian C. Sahner, a former Rhodes Scholar who, while completing his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University, wrote “Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present,” which was just published by Oxford University Press this August.

With comment by Dr. Ronald Granieri,Director of Research of the Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and moderated by Dr. Heather Sharkey, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and Affiliate Professor of Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Cosponsored by:

The Alexander Hamilton Society, The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania

A light reception to follow.

To Register for this lecture, please click here.

How to Redesign an American Metropolis

Water, Transportation, and Land Use in the Notre Dame Plan for Chicago 2109

A Luncheon Lecture featuring Professor Philip Bess

When: October 2nd, 2014; 12noon

Where: Houston Hall 218, Ben Franklin Room


Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago was one of the last efforts (perhaps the greatest) to employ classical principles of architectural, landscape and urban design in and for and at the scale of a rapidly expanding modern industrial metropolitan region. Though Burnham’s classical humanist sensibilities are often downplayed by contemporary admirers more admiring of his environmental and civic sensibilities, modern metropolitan Chicago to its detriment has turned away from all three. The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109 picks up where Burnham’s Plan left off, critiquing contemporary Chicago and proposing for it a 100-year vision comparable in scale and scope — and also showing how the long tradition of classical humanist urbanism speaks directly to contemporary concerns for better human stewardship of nature, and for making cities, towns, villages, and hamlets both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Philip Bess is Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches graduate urban design and theory, with a particular interest in Catholic and classical humanist intellectual and artistic traditions in the context of modern American life and the contemporary culture of architecture and urban design. He is the author of several books, including: Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred (ISI, 2006).

Moderated by Dr. Lothar Haselberger, the Morris Russell Williams and Josephine Chidsey Williams Professor of Roman Architecture and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania



The Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

The Department of the History of Art and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

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