To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Protestant faculty will co-lead a community of Christian students through central texts of the Reformers and trace the evolution of their ideas through centuries of Christian tradition. This fall module will convene on Friday afternoons for 6 sessions beginning Sept 22.
When: Wednesdays, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, & 10/18, at 5:45pm
Where: Harrison College House
Digital and mechanical technologies have become indispensable in nearly every aspect of our lives so much so that we rarely think critically about the roles they should fill in social as well as individual existence. This semester FFT presents a module that challenges our everyday indifference to things technological. Join us as we explore the uses and abuses of technology and consider what a human-centered use of technology might really look like.
Food for Thought is a seminar for engaging foundational questions without the stress of grades or papers. This informal seminar forum setting provides an opportunity to read and discuss some of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the ancient and modern Western Tradition. Students and a faculty guide will read and discuss brief but momentous texts over dinner and relaxed conversations.
Faculty and religious leaders confront the relationship between faith and ambition at Penn, addressing the definitions of success and encounters with failure, and differences from the secular approaches to both. They will reflect on their experiences of faith within Penn’s culture of achievement and the intersection of faith and ambition more broadly.
Patricia Anton: Chaplain of the Penn Muslim Students Association
Deven M. Patel: Assoc. Prof. of South Asia Studies and Religious Studies at UPenn
Marisa Cristina March: Cosmologist at UPenn and Faculty Fellow at the Collegium Institute
Rabbi Micah Shapiro: Rabbinic Fellow for Innovation at Penn Hillel
Dr. Michael Baime: Founder and Director of the Penn Mindfulness Program
Dr. Ralph Rosen is theVartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities and outgoing Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies. His teaching and research interest lie in the fields of Greek literature and intellectual history, ancient comic and satirical poetic genres, and ancient medicine. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature).Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, in Riepe College House.
Dr. Daniel Cheely is a historian of the Renaissance and Reformation. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Before beginning doctoral studies at Penn, he joined Teach For America in Chicago, where he taught eighth grade for R.S. Abbott School, chaired the social science division and partnered it with local universities through the Chicago History Project, and was awarded his school’s teacher-of-the-year distinction. He is now, while serving as Executive Director of the Collegium Institute, also a Resident Senior Fellow of the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Lecturer in Penn’s History Department.
Collegium is happy to partner with Preceptorials at the University of Pennsylvania during New Student Orientation 2016. To incoming freshmen we say welcome to Penn! Now that you’re here, what exactly is the College supposed to be helping you to accomplish over the next four years? If you’re after “an education”, how do you go about actually getting one? Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: how might he respond to these questions? In this preceptorial we will reflect together on some of Plato’s writings on the conditions and ends of learning. Whether these issues have long bothered you or you’ve never considered them before, please join us for a convivial first seminar with Collegium at Penn. No prior reading. All brief excerpts to be handed out and discussed in session.
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Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture presents a 5-session seminar on St. Augustine’s Confessions, co-facilitated by Dr. Paul Camacho and Dr. Ian Clausen, both Arthur J. Ennis Post-doctoral Fellows in the Humanities at Villanova University.
All who wish to explore this great spiritual classic are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge assumed. Registration is $30 for the whole series, including the book and course. Registration for any session allows entrance to all 5 sessions, as well as light refreshments.
St. Augustine’s Confessions
Generously hosted by Regina Angelorum Academy and St. Colman’s Parish
Session 1: Monday 9/25 – Augustine’s Restless Heart: An Introduction to the Confessions
Session 2: Monday 10/2 – Conversion(s)
Session 3: Monday 10/9 – Love and Loss
Session 4: Monday 10/16 – Education and Entertainment
Dr. Paul Camacho is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received a joint-PhD from Villanova University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, during which time he completed a dissertation on the relationship between love and freedom in Augustine’s account of moral motivation. Paul is broadly interested in bringing classical, late antique, and medieval accounts of morality and religious devotion into dialogue with modern and post-modern philosophy. He has an on-going research interest in our cultural imagination for love, and the role that it plays in our discussions of morality and religion.
Dr. Ian Clausen is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received his MTh and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Augustine’s theological ethics as a British Marshall scholar. His research interests include Augustine’s account of love, conscience, and education, which he explores in his forthcoming book Reading Augustine: On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2017). For more information on the book visit www.readingaugustine.com.