Creation Ex Nihilo

Science, Faith, and Philosophy on the Origins of our Universe

June 2018

Collegium Institute and the Magi Project welcome all to our week-long Collegium Summer Seminar  structured around the question of the beginning of the Universe and the Big Bang theory, with a special focus on the contribution of Georges Lemaîte, as well as on planetary origins and the formation of our solar system. The Seminar will welcome a small cohort of graduate students to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across disciplines of physics, philosophy, and theology.

Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the origins of the universe, the relationship of space and time, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine in an exploration some of deepest questions about the origins of our Universe.

Public Lectures

Select lectures are free and open to the public. The Magi Project welcomes guests to explore themes of science, faith, and philosophy any or all of the following lectures. Morning lectures begin promptly at 10 AM and afternoon lectures at 3 PM.


Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29

Mornings 10 AM

On Georges Lemaitre

John Farrell

Philosophy of Creation: Part 2

Prof. William Carroll

Theology of Genesis

Rev. Joseph Laracy

Standard Model of Physics

Prof. Don Lincoln

Lemaitre and Cosmology

Rev. James Peebles

Afternoons 3 PM

Philosophy of Creation: Part 1

Prof. William Carroll

Genesis & the Ancient Near East

Rev. James Platania

Science of the Big Bang Theory

Prof. Don Lincoln

Exoplanets and Origins

Prof. David Charbonneau

All lectures will be held at

International House of Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street

For more information on our speakers, please visit the Magi Project at

Christ in the City


May 23 – May 31, 2018

Penn Newman Catholic Center

3720 Chestnut St, Phila, PA, 19104



Students in Philadelphia are invited to join Christ in the City for four lectures on Catholic Social Thought and the New Evangelization, sponsored by the Collegium Institute, to be held at the Penn Newman Center.  These lectures will be held as part of the Christ in the City undergraduate service-learning seminar.   John Buchmann will lead the lectures on Catholic Social Thought, and Dr. Rebecca Cherico will lead lectures on the New Evangelization.

Catholic Social Thought
Wednesdays, May 23 & 30 | 10 – 11:30 am
New Evangelization 
Thursdays, May 24 & 31 | 10 – 11:30 am

Please direct any questions about this portion of the Christ in the City program to Elizabeth Feeney at

Summer Reading Groups 2018

Join Collegium Institute this summer for our Annual Summer Reading groups.  This summer, we will return to our series on Faith & Fiction, as well as explore the Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.  Students are welcomed to join us for one or both of the programs.  Light refreshments and texts will be provided for all registered participants.

Faith & Fiction

Wednesdays, 6/6 – 6/20, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Vote for our Readings HERE

Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

Wednesdays, 7/11 – 7/25, 5:15 -6:30 pm

Register HERE

Please direct questions to