Join the Collegium Institute for an end of semester celebration!
We’ll celebrate with joy and cheer, anticipate what’s to come in the Spring, and gather as a Collegium community. There may even be a special St. Nicholas surprise in your shoe!
There will also be an announcement about new plans for an elected executive committee for the undergraduate fellows!
Please join us between 3pm and 5pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at Fox-Fels Hall, on Friday, December 6th! We’ll have hot drinks, festive desserts, poems to read (feel free to bring a favorite Christmas poem or story to share!) and more!
The Collegium Institute presents the Fall 2019 Magi Project Lecture:
Exoplanets, Extraterrestrials & the Wonders of Creation
We inhabit a new cosmology where every star is a stellar system, with planets of its own. Some of these new-found worlds are similar enough to Earth that they may be hospitable to extraterrestrial life. In this lecture, Karin Oberg, Professor of Astronomy and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, will introduce the latest science on exoplanets, on what constraints we have of their composition, including their likelihood of having water and organics, and how we can use this data to speculate about the likelihood of extraterrestrials. She will further meditate on what the existing discoveries are teaching us about creation and the Creator, as well as how the potential future discovery of extraterrestrials could affect our understanding of our relationship with God and of the Incarnation.
Each year Collegium holds two Magi Project lectures, one in the Fall, another in the Spring. The Collegium Institute’s Magi Project for Science & Theology hosts and delivers courses, talks, seminars and other outreach activities in science and faith, helping people to think about their understanding of the physical Universe and their relationship with God, and how these ideas fit together in a complimentary way. We seek to build dialogue between science and faith, helping people of faith to grow in their understanding of science, and helping scientists to understand the perspective of people of faith.
This event is co-sponsored by the Penn Catholic Newman Community and the John Templeton Foundation.
What does it mean to be an animal, and what does it mean to be a person? What is life? How ought we think about and relate to God’s Creation in light of these things? These weighty questions will be central to the third Food for Thought Module of the Fall semester.
Dr. Janice Chik, Barry Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Collegium Institute’s Magi Project, will facilitate this module, drawing from diverse thinkers and texts to help students explore these ideas both philosophically and scientifically.
Potential topics for discussion include animal and human consciousness, the possible role of a creative deity within the evolution of creaturely life, questions about “natures” or “essences” in Creation, animal ethics, and the roles of and relationship between science and philosophy in exploring these ideas.