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


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


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.


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


Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

3401 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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


Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

3417 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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*


Existential Scarcity

A Philosophy of Finance Lecture

Debt & Ideals of ‘Natural Reproduction

Date & Time

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


Huntsman Hall 340

University of Pennsylvania


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.

Announcement: John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow and the James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy, Politics, and Society

March 11, 2019
The University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) and College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) are very pleased to announce the apppointment of the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow and the James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy, Politics, and Society.  
Dr. Janice Tzuling Chik, presently an assistant professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, has been appointed to serve as the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow for Academic Year 2019-2020.  Dr. John Peter DiIulio (C’12), presently the Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, has been appointed to serve as the James N. Perry Scholar for the next three academic years.  
Dr. Chik earned her Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of Saint Andrews and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Oxford University.  Dr. DiIulio earned his Ph.D  in Political Science at Princeton University, where he has been a Fellow of both the James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions and the University Center for Human Values.  Dr. Chik is presently working on a book with the (tentative) title “The Unity of Action: A Metaphysics of Agency.”  Dr. DiIulio is presently working on a book with the (tentative) title “Liberal Sentiments: A Unified Ethical, Moral, and Political Theory of John Stuart Mill.”  
Last year, through the support and generosity of Mr. James N. Perry (C’82), a member of the Penn School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers, and Dr. Matthew O’Brien of the Collegium Institute, and through a collaboration between the Penn Department of Philosophy and PRRUCS, the archive of G.E.M. (Elizabeth) Anscombe was transferred to the Penn Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, where it will be housed and studied through June 2022.  
Anscombe (1919-2001), an analytic philosopher who is widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, was part of the famous Oxford University scholarly circle that included Phillipa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Penn (1968-1980). 
Along with PRRUCS-supported Philosophy Department Scholars, over the next several years the Barry Fellow and the Perry Scholar will dedicate substantial portions of their time to research, writing, events, and symposia related to the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Perry Scholar will also teach several LPS courses.   
See the PRRUCS announcement at:

Interfaith Service-Learning Fellowship



May 13 – 15, 2019

Fellowship Description

  • Be recognized as a PRRUCS-Perry Fellow
  • Visit and learn about several faith-based community services in Philadelphia spanning various faith traditions
  • Meet with leaders of these organizations and learn about the services they provide
  • Participate in service opportunities
  • Engage in reflective discussions with peers, faculty, and guest speakers on the deeper questions invoked by faith-based community service, service-learning, and service generally



Rolling Admission after priority deadline


Submit a resume and brief statement of interest to Philippe Becker at

*The fellowship covers the costs of all food, books, seminars, registrations, and travel between sites*


Forgive Us Our Debts

The Church of England’s Fight Against Payday Lending


Friday, February 15th | 12:30 – 1:30 PM


Golkin Room, Houston Hall 


Lunch will be served.

In 2013, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, declared war on the now-defunct payday lender Wonga, which had found itself in trouble with regulators for unscrupulous practices. The ensuing events raise questions about the interaction of moral and economic laws. Join us as we welcome Paul Lisiak, who will explore the Church of England’s intervention into the world of short-term lending and its quest to provide an alternative.

Paul Lisiak is the Managing Partner and Founder of Metropolitan Partners Group, a direct lender to small and mid-sized businesses. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career at Lazard Asset Management LLC, before serving as Managing Director at Metropolitan Venture Partners and leading strategy at Ledgemont Capital Group.


NSO Preceptorial 2018

Date & Time

08/25/18 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

Preceptorial Description

Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: what wisdom might he have about how to go about getting an “education” here at Penn? 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.


Dr. Ralph Rosen | Vartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies

Dr. Daniel Cheely | Director of Collegium Institute and Perry Family Scholar of History, Religion, and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania


To register for this preceptorial, you must log into PennInTouch and search for the courses listed under the code PREC. Our preceptorial is listed as “PREC-409-001.” 

A more detailed account of the registration process can be found on the NSO Website

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Philippe Becker at


Arch 108, 3601 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania


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