A New Moral Culture on Campus?

3rd Annual Penn Club Lecture



When: Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00pm

Where: Penn Club of New York

30 W 44th Street, New York, NY

Join Collegium  for cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a lecture on

A New Moral Culture on Campus?


Professor Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York University

Registration Required.  Please RSVP HERE.  Please direct any questions or comments to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.


Jonathan Haidt joined New York University Stern School of Business in July 2011. He is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, based in the Business and Society Program. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Haidt is a social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He co-founded the research collaboration at EthicalSystems.org. His next book will be titled Three Stories About Capitalism: The Moral Psychology of Economic Life. His writings appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and Prospect magazine.


Christ in the City

Summer of Service Program

May 22~June 4, 2017

Collegium and Penn Newman Center cosponsor this urban service immersion program for undergraduates, to take place May 22 – June 4.  For more on this two-week opportunity to serve the homeless in Philadelphia, while studying Human Anthropology, Catholic Social Thought, and the Theology of Christian Vocation, visit the Christ in the City website.


The registration cost of $600 covers housing, food, and formation for theduration of the program.  Questions can be directed to missiontrips@christinthecity.org.

Applications are currently being accepted.  Apply Today!


Caring at the End of Life

a New Medical Humanities Series

When: Tues, Feb. 28th at 12:30pm

Where: Jordan Medical Education Building, RM 504


This new series in Medical Humanities is a monthly luncheon seminar that invites students across the healthcare community to engage with veteran practitioners and faculty on concrete, clinical issues that prompt more fundamental questions: what does it mean to heal? how does one measure wellness? how do doctors and nurses determine when their responsibility for making someone well is complete?  How is the flourishing of patient and caregiver related — or not?

Caring at the End of Life
Dr. Kristen Carey-Rock
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

University of Pennsylvania

To RSVP, contact Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.



Kristen Carey Rock is an Assistant Professor in Anesthesia and Critical Care, and a practicing anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has written articles on bioethics in the Penn Bioethics Journal and The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition: Moral Arguments, Economic Reality, Social Analysis (Springer, 2008).

Faith in Media?: a Veritas Forum

When: March 23rd at 7:30pm

Where: Harold Prince Theater

Annenberg Center

3680 Walnut Street


The event, Faith in Media?, developed as a Veritas Forum, will address the university’s annual theme — Media — through the lens of faith.  At this student-focused discussion, professors—including Dean Michael Delli Carpini of the Annenberg School of Communication, the Frances Yates Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School Carolyn Marvin, and Emory University Professor and PBS Commentator Andra Gillespiewill reflect upon a variety of questions at the intersection of media and faith, including society’s faith (or lack thereof) in the media’s standard of neutrality and objectivity, the media’s role in covering divisive issues, and its ability to accurately and fairly represent different faith communities.  The panelists will also reflect on how faith communities engage with the media, both institutionally and through the choices or predilection of individual faith-abiding reporters.  The forum is a rare opportunity for students to hear their own highly respected professors address Penn’s annual theme not just from their academic specialization, but from their personal experience and convictions as well.  


RSVP HERE to attend this event.  Any questions or comments may be directed to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.

Our Presenters

Dr. Andra Gillespie








Dr. Michael Delli Carpini






Dr. Carolyn Marvin





Dr. Lia Howard



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CwtC IV: Literature and the Catholic Imagination

When: Sundays, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 at 7:30pm
Where: Penn Newman Catholic Center

You can learn a lot of theology from a short story.

Join Collegium and the Newman Catholic Community this February for three late dinners/informal seminars before the late Sunday Mass.

Together we will read and discuss short stories that every Catholic should encounter, featuring authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Madeleine L’Engle, Graham Greene, Georges Bernanos, G.K. Chesterton, and Andre Dubus.

Catholic faith opens our imagination and expands our vision of the world.  Ordinary flesh and blood becomes pregnant with spiritual possibility. What do Catholics believe about nature and creation, sacrifice and fulfillment, morality and community, love and redemption?  And what can we learn about who we really are, and how we are to live?  The Spirit can move in literature, revealing itself in a glance between two characters, in the way a person moves or speaks, in the way that the light falls. And a great author can capture it all in a short story…

Come read some stories with the Collegium Institute’s resident theologian,

Dr. Christopher Roberts

February 12, 19, and 26 in the Newman Center seminar room at 7:30.  Concludes before 9pm Mass. Cost is $20 for the 3-part series.  Registration includes Pizza, Texts, and Professor.  To register CLICK HERE.

Limited to 20 students.  Interested students may join the wait list by contacting Elizabeth Feeney ~ elife@sas.upenn.edu.  No prior knowledge or experience required for this beginner’s seminar, open to undergraduate students from all schools and levels.

Morality & Markets: the Catholic Perspective

April 26, 2016 at Penn Club of New York

Morality & Markets: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

Last year, Collegium and First Things invited Penn Alumni to a panel discussion on moralities and the markets.  Presenters included Dr. David Skeel and Dr. Jesús Fernández-Villaverde of the University of Pennsylvania, Eric Cohen of the Tikvah Fund and First Things, and Dr. Atif Mian of Princeton University.

Here, Dr. Jesús Fernández-Villaverde writes of the Catholic perspective which he presented that night.

Penn Club Remarks: the Catholic Perspective

by Dr. Jesús Fernández-Villaverde