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God and the Good

Description

The theme of the Philosophy Summer Reading Group this year is God and the Good, in coordination with our new and exciting partnership with the Philosophy by Postcard project. Starting with Plato’s Euthyphro, we’ll then move on to read Iris Murdoch’s essay “On ‘God’ and the ‘Good'” and G.E.M. Anscombe’s “On Piety, or: Plato’s Euthyphro.”  

 

If you’d like to join in the conversation, just email Jess to RSVP and to secure your free copy of the reader at jferro@sas.upenn.edu. You may then pick up a copy of the reader at our offices in 3814 Walnut St. 

 

Schedule

Wednesdays | 5:15 – 6:30pm

7/10 | 7/17 | 7/24

Location

Fisher Bennett Hall, Room 222

Faith In Fiction 2019

Description

This summer we’ll dive together into a fictional world to explore a central text in the tradition of our Faith & Fiction summer program.

After consulting with the Collegium community, the winner for this summer’s novel of choice is:

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin 

 
“Love, faith, and a quest for atonement are the driving themes of an epic, prizewinning Russian novel that, while set in the medieval era, takes a contemporary look at the meaning of time… With flavors of Umberto Eco and The Canterbury Tales, this affecting, idiosyncratic novel … is an impressive achievement.”
 

If you’d like to join in the conversation, just email Jess to RSVP and to secure your free copy of the book at jferro@sas.upenn.edu.

 

We’ll have copies available here in the office at 3814 Walnut St., so feel free to email and come by to grab your copy!

 

Schedule

Wednesdays | 5:15 – 6:30pm

6/5

6/12

6/19

6/26

Location

Fisher Bennett Hall, Room 222

Christ in the City Summer 2019

Description

As part of the Christ in the City Summer of Service in Philadelphia, Collegium Institute will be running their Intellectual Formation Seminar. This seminar consists of two week-long courses on Catholic Social Thought and the New Evangelization, which are open to students in the area who may be interested in these subjects. 

Schedule

May 29 & 31 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
Dr. John Buchmann on Catholic Social Thought

June 5 & 7 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
Dr. Rebecca Cherico on the New Evangelization

Location

Penn Catholic Newman Center

Basement of St. Agatha & St. James Church

Register

If you would like to RSVP to attend or have any questions, please send an email to Philippe Becker at pbeck@sas.upenn.edu.

2019 Alumni Weekend Brunch

The Penn Catholic Newman Community and Collegium Institute welcome all alumni, family, and friends to join us for brunch and festivities, immediately following the Sunday Mass for alumni.

Our keynote speaker for this year’s Alumni Brunch will be Tim Reckart, an American animator and director based in Los Angeles, specializing in puppet stop motion. He is best known for his 2012 film Head over Heels, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013. Most recently he was director of The Star, an animated film about the Nativity featuring Oprah Winfrey and Gina Rodriguez, which received a Golden Globe nomination, amongst other accolades.

Tour the new Newman facility and see plans for the fall expansion and hear the latest news about plans for our 125th Anniversary as the first Newman Center in the country, which will include a Newman Conference in October of 2019, co-sponsored by the Collegium Institute.

Enjoy a convivial meal, reconnect with friends, and meet the new members of the team!

 

Don’t forget to RSVP here!

Schedule:

9:00 am        Morning Mass at Sts. Agatha and James Church

 

10:00 am      Brunch Reception in the Lower Level of Church,

featuring a keynote on “The Catholic Artist,”  by Tim Reckart

Catholicism After the Crisis

Date & Time

Wed, May 8, 2019
6:00 PM

Location

Penn Club of New York 

30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Description

Catholicism After the Crisis: Historical Reflections and Current Strategies for Governance, Reform, and Renewal

Collegium Institute’s Fifth Annual Penn Club of New York Reception

Featuring:

R. R. Reno, Editor of First Things magazine

John O’Malley SJ, University Professor of Theology, Georgetown University

Bronwen Catherine McShea, Associate Research Scholar, James Madison Program of Princeton University

Register

$25 for Students

$55 Early Bird (until 4/24)

$70 General

*Cocktails/Hors D’oeuvres included 

Location

Announcement: Installation of the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania

April 22, 2019

 

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the Department of Philosophy, and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) are pleased to announce the installation of the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Professor Michael Weisberg, Chairperson of the Penn Department of Philosophy, G.E.M. Anscombe (1919-2001) “was, perhaps, the most significant 20th century female analytic philosopher,” a world-renowned thinker whose “work spans many areas of contemporary concern especially in moral philosophy, the theory of free will, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of language.” Professor Weisberg also noted that while Anscombe “is primarily associated with Oxbridge, she and her husband Peter Geach-an accomplished philosopher in his own right-were regular visitors to Penn in the 70s and 80s.” Finally, speaking for himself and many other Penn colleagues, Professor Weisberg expressed being “thrilled” at the “prospect of Anscombe’s archive … coming to Penn.” 

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe, FBA was professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University and a principal literary executor of Ludwig Wittgenstein.  Before Cambridge she — together with celebrated philosophers Philipa Foot, Iris Murdoch, and Mary Midgley — was a core member of what recent scholars have called “A Female School of Analytic Philosophy”, which transformed moral philosophy in wartime Oxford, culminating with Anscombe’s most famous essay, “Modern Moral Philosophy”, wherein she coined the term “consequentialism.”  Her opposition to consequentialist ethics was manifested in her public defiance of Oxford University’s decision to award President Harry S. Truman an honorary degree in 1956, since he had authorized the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   

In America, Anscombe was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania (1968-1980).  She was also a prominent Catholic public intellectual, and the Anscombe Archive was acquired by the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture (CI) in Philadelphia.  CI is an integral partner of PRRUCS, particularly its Perry Scholars for Science, Spirituality, and Service Project.

Last year, through the support and generosity of Mr. James N. Perry (C’82), a former member of the Penn School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers, Dr. Matthew O’Brien of the Collegium Institute, and Mr. Vincenzo La Ruffa (C’02), and through a collaboration between the Penn Department of Philosophy and PRRUCS, the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive was transferred to the Penn Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, where it will be housed and studied through June 2022. This study will build upon an invaluable preliminary cataloging of the Anscombe Archive, which was undertaken by Dr. Luke Gormally, who along with his wife, Dr. Mary Geach, the daughter of Anscombe, stewarded the Archive from Anscombe’s death in 2001 until its acquisition by the Collegium Institute.

The Anscombe Archive consists of over six hundred catalogued items (including unpublished manuscripts in various stages of revision, philosophical offprints with substantial marginalia, personal correspondence with major philosophical figures, and journals) in twenty-one archival boxes. It is a treasure trove of information for scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of Anscombe and her contributions to many different areas of philosophy.  Among the most exciting and intimate objects are a journal of remembrances of Wittgenstein, as well as the over eighty letter and postcard exchanges between Anscombe and Sir Anthony Kenny, former president of the British Academy and Royal Institute of Philosophy, on ultimate philosophical and theological questions.  These eighty exchanges were the spark for the international Philosophy by Postcard Project, of which the Collegium Institute is the American partner.

The Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania is expected to become a nexus for new academic networks and learning opportunities on campus, including four annual conferences based on Anscombe’s work, other special events and seminars, and the appointment of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty fellowships.  Beginning their terms this fall will be two new PRRUCS Fellows, Dr. Janice Chik and Dr. John Peter DiIulio, who were recently appointed as the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow and the James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy, Politics, and Society, respectively, and who will be devoted largely to scholarship on the archive.
 
On April 26-28, 2019, the Philosophy Department and PRRUCS will host the first Anscombe Archive Conference on Mind & Action, which will feature the premier display of the archive in the Henry Charles Lea Library (6th Floor Van Pelt Library) on Friday at one o’clock pm. Immediately before the academic conference, the Collegium Institute also will host a public engagement lecture and reception on April 25th at noon in which Professor Jennifer Frey of the University of South Carolina will deliver a lecture titled, “Living the Truth: On the Relevance of Elizabeth Anscombe’s Thought Today.”

G.E.M. Anscombe Archive Conference on Mind & Action

Welcome:

Please join us on April 26-28, 2019 as the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania, the Collegium Institute, and the Penn Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society host the first Anscombe Archive Conference on Mind & Action.

This year’s speakers will be Prof. Michael Bratman, Prof. Jennifer Ann Frey, Prof. Ellen Fridland, Prof. Jennifer Hornsby, Prof. Richard Moran, Prof. Susanna Schellenberg, Prof. John Schwenkler, Prof. Kieran Setiya, and Prof. Rachael Wiseman.

 

Commentators at Large

We will not have commentators for each talk. Instead, we will have a number of faculty to serve as Commentators-at-Large who are expected to be active participants in the discussion and help drive productive interaction.

This year’s Commentators-at-Large are Prof. James Doyle, Prof. Kim Frost, Prof. Grace Helton, Prof. Antonia Peacocke, Prof. Adrienne Prettyman, and Prof. Eric Wiland.

Registration

Registration (free) is required for anyone who wishes to attend. Please register by filling out this form.

Schedule

Friday April 26th

All Friday Talks in Fisher-Bennett Hall (corner of 34th and Walnut) Room 401
    10,30-12,00: Susanna Schellenberg, “The First Person Perspective and de hinc Content”
    12,00-2,00: Lunch and Reception at the Archive
    2,00-3,30: Rachael Wiseman, “Linguistic Idealism, Rule-Following & Human Essence”
    3,30-4,00: Coffee break
    4,00-5,30: Michael Bratman, “Intention, Shared Agency, and the Construction of Organized Institutions”
    6,30: Dinner at Louie Louie

Saturday April 27th

All Saturday Talks in Cohen Hall Room 402
    10,00-11,30: Jen Frey, “Anscombe on Practical Truth”
    11,30-11,45: Break
    11,15-1,15: John Schwenkler, “The Concept of a Person”
    1,15-2,30: Lunch
    2,30-4,00: Ellen Fridland, “Rethinking Practical Intentions”
    4,00-4,30: Break
    4,30-6,00: Kieran Setiya, “Three Dogmas of Anscombeanism”
    6,30ish: Dinner at Han Dynasty

Accessibility Information

The talks on Saturday and Sunday and all of the meals except dinners will take place on the fourth floor of Cohen Hall. Accessibility information for Cohen Hall can be found here. The talks on Friday will be held in Fischer Bennett Hall, room 401 (BENN 401). On Friday afternoon there will be a reception at the Archive in Van Pelt Library.

We hope to make this event accessible to all who wish to participate. If you have any special requests for accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Errol Lord.

About the Archive

Last year, through the support and generosity of Mr. James N. Perry (C’82), a former member of the Penn School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers, Dr. Matthew O’Brien of the Collegium Institute, and Mr. Vincenzo La Ruffa (C’02), and through a collaboration between the Penn Department of Philosophy and PRRUCS, the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive was transferred to the Penn Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, where it will be housed and studied through June 2022. This study will build upon an invaluable preliminary cataloging of the Anscombe Archive, which was undertaken by Dr. Luke Gormally, who along with his wife, Dr. Mary Geach, the daughter of Anscombe, stewarded the Archive from Anscombe’s death in 2001 until its acquisition by the Collegium Institute.

The Anscombe Archive consists of over six hundred catalogued items (including unpublished manuscripts in various stages of revision, philosophical offprints with substantial marginalia, personal correspondence with major philosophical figures, and journals) in twenty-one archival boxes. It is a treasure trove of information for scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of Anscombe and her contributions to many different areas of philosophy.  Among the most exciting and intimate objects are a journal of remembrances of Wittgenstein, as well as the over eighty letter and postcard exchanges between Anscombe and Sir Anthony Kenny, former president of the British Academy and Royal Institute of Philosophy, on ultimate philosophical and theological questions.   Read More →

You may find a working list of available items in the archive here

Visit the Archive

The Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at Penn is housed within the Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections.  Please find information about Kislak Center policies and about guest reading privileges (which requires registration) here.  Note that the Kislak Center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, but is open on Thursday and Friday from 10am-4:45pm.  Plan to visit during those hours if you would like to view items from the Archive, apart from the display for conference participants scheduled on Friday from 1:00-2:00pm in the Lea Library.

Sponsor Information

We are incredibly thankful to the Penn Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), the Collegium Institute, and the Penn Department of Philosophy for their support.

Organizers

The first Anscombe Archive conference is being organized by Errol Lord. He is being assisted by Paul Musso and Michael Vazquez.

Living the Truth

Date & Time

Thu, April 25, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location

Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

3401 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Description

Collegium Institute welcomed Prof. Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina) for a special luncheon to discuss the life and legacy of Elizabeth Anscombe.

Elizabeth Anscombe was one of the most important and influential analytic philosophers of the twentieth century. One of the last lectures she delivered was titled “Doing the Truth.” In it, she set out to identify and clarify a specifically practical mode of truth as the proper goal of a specifically practical mode of reasoning and knowledge. This talk explored how Anscombe understands practical truth by relating it to her influential theory of the intentionality of action; its ultimate suggestion is that “doing the truth” just is living a good human life–i.e., knowingly performing actions in accordance with true judgments of right practical reasoning. The person who achieves this truth is virtuous, someone who can stand as an exemplar (or rule and measure) for those who seek the truth but have not yet realized it in their lives.

Silence, Suffering, and the Way of Beauty

Date & Time

Thu, April 11, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

3417 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Description

The Collegium Institute presents: Silence, Suffering and the Way of Beauty: An Evening Conversation with Makoto Fujimura.

“I write this in my red barn studio…The nihonga process, which flows out of a thousand-year refinement, overlaps as a metaphor for the journey of faith that is refining me. Malachite and azurite are strikingly beautiful in the form of rock, but to use them for nihonga one must pulverize them, shatter them into small, prismatic pieces. They are to be layered, sometimes over sixty layers, to create a refractive surface. It is a laborious, slow process — I like to call nihonga ‘slow art.’ The layers take time to dry, and in the act of waiting an image is revealed.”

Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel Silence — a narrative of suffering, religious persecution and divine silence set in 17th century Japan took visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain, and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo’s as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. Fujimura, much like Endo, feels caught between two worlds, East and West, conversant with both, though not fully at home in either. Beauty and death, honor and shame, pain and stoicism, ritualism and disbelief — Fujimura has lived with these ambiguous Japanese pairings and his work seeks to untangle them. Melding the ancient nihonga technique with his preferred medium of abstract expressionism, Fujimura believes that art can heal as well as disturb, and he refuses to abandon the ideal of beauty. Ultimately he seeks to find connections to how faith is lived amid trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Year of Why, the Chaplain’s Office, SPARC: The Spiritual and Religious Life Center, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, and Christian Union.

*Reception to follow*

Location

Existential Scarcity

A Philosophy of Finance Lecture

Debt & Ideals of ‘Natural Reproduction

Date & Time

Fri, March 22, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location

Huntsman Hall 340

University of Pennsylvania

Description

The Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture presented a special Philosophy of Finance lecture featuring Professor Devin Singh, Assistant Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, on March 22, 2019.

The lecture explored how understandings of debt and interest are bound up with assumptions about what counts as reproduction, and how both interest and reproduction reflect anxieties about the scarcity of life and resources. Drawing on alternative labor theories, Professor Singh examined what it means to say that money works to produce more of itself, and whether recent anti-work interventions offer productive insights for reining in the proliferation of debt. Ultimately, a reconsideration of the centrality of productive labor to human identity may provide resources for challenging the centrality of productive, debt-based finance to our economic imaginations.

Professor Singh’s keynote was followed by responses from Prof. Andrew Lamas, Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. John Buchmann of the Collegium Institute, moderated by Dr. Isabel Perera, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event was co-sponsored by the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), the department of Religious Studies, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) department, and the Urban Studies Program.