Theological Reflections of a Penn Paleontologist
Dr. Peter Dodson is Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of The Dinosauria, a definitive scholarly resource, and the author or co-author of more than one hundred academic papers and books, including The Horned Dinosaurs (Princeton, 1996). A research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Religion and Science, Dodson has taught a broad range of course in geology, history, history and sociology of science, and religious studies for more than three decades at Penn. In 2011 he received a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
Time: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Place: College Hall, 319B
On November 14, 2013, the Collegium Institute hosted an afternoon panel discussion on capitalism, solidarity, and modern Catholic social thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Our featured speaker was Dr. Maciej Zieba, OP, a former activist in Poland’s Solidarity movement, a close associate of Karol Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II) and the author of the new book “Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism.” Our respondent was Dr. Mary Hirschfeld, economist and theologian at Villanova University. This event was cosponsored by Penn’s Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
Kindly RSVP for this event by Friday, December 20, 2013.
The Collegium Institute is proud to sponsor the inaugural reception of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) during the annual meeting of the American Social Science Association (ASSA) in Philadelphia on January 4, 2014.
CREDO fosters community, conversation, and dissemination of non-partisan economic research and expertise as it relates broadly to Catholic social thought, the Church, and society. Two of its founding members are Penn faculty who are core supporters of the Collegium Institute.
On Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:45 a.m., Bishop John McIntyre will celebrate Mass for friends of CREDO and the Collegium Institute at St. John the Evangelist Church (one block from the conference headquarters at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown). Mass will be followed by a breakfast reception in the Independence Ballroom III of the Marriott Hotel (1201 Market Street). We will be joined at breakfast by Bishop McIntyre and Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who looks forward to discussion and insight from our group.
With the support of a generous grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, the Collegium Institute is delighted to welcome guests free of charge. Space is limited, however, and will be reserved for those who respond first. Please RSVP to email@example.com by this Friday, December 20, 2013 for the opportunity to join us.
Catholic approaches to studying non-Christian traditions
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10th
Time: 8:00-8:50am (immediately following Mass at 7:30)
Place: Penn Newman Center, Ground Floor (3720 Chestnut St)
The Collegium Institute and the Circle of St. Bede present Collegium Institute Fellow Dr. Clemens Cavallin, a visiting professor in religious studies at Haverford College, who will lead a discussion on the relationship between Catholic theology and the field of religious studies.
Cavallin’s own research intersects Hinduism, ritual theory, and Catholicism. Building upon the recent article by F.X. Clooney, SJ, in the Journal of Anglican Studies, Cavallin will consider how Catholic approaches to the study of non-Christian traditions might assist us in understanding religious pluralism and in performing inter-religious dialogue.
Coffee, Tea, and breakfast pastries will be served.
The JAS article will be pre-circulated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating. All are welcome.
An Afternoon Panel Discussion on Capitalism, Solidarity, and Modern Catholic Social Thought
Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12 Noon
Place: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall 218
Dr. Maciej Zieba, OP: an activist in Poland’s Solidarity movement, biographer of Karol Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II), and author of the new book, Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism.
Dr. Mary Hirschfeld: an economist and theologian in the Humanities Department at Villanova University. Her articles have been featured in Review of Economics and Statistics, History of Political Economy, and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
This event is cosponsored by the Program for Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn.
Lunch refreshments served. RSVP: email@example.com
Please find a PDF of our event poster here.
The Collegium Institute will co-sponsor a breakfast reception for CREDO (Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization) during the annual meeting of the American Social Science Association (ASSA) in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
The reception will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Independence Ballroom III. Archbishop Charles Chaput will join the breakfast and will celebrate Mass beforehand at 7:45 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church nearby.
CREDO fosters community, conversation, and dissemination of non-partisan economic research and expertise as it relates broadly to Catholic social thought, the Church, and society.
For more information about the reception, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here for more information about the American Social Science Association Conference and the daily program of events.
Rigorous and respectful dialogue.
The Veritas-Collegium Discussion Forum meets weekly on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. in the Upper East Lounge in Hill College House. Discussions last exactly one hour. All Penn undergraduates are welcome.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Daniel Cheely at email@example.com
Topics have included:
The Purpose of Learning
The Nature of Beauty
Crime and Punishment
Date & Time: Thursday, October 24th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Amado Room, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
DESCRIPTION: Charter schools, as controversial as they may be, have exploded across the landscape of American public education in the last few decades. By introducing competition among schools, choices for families, and rigorous custom-designed learning environments for students, these institutions conceive of themselves as a least partial solutions to the notorious economic achievement gap in elementary education. They also re-introduce classic problems of constitutional law: if each school has its own distinctive mission that students are free to select, then why not a religious mission? Among voluntary institutions, would it be unconstitutional to single out distinctively religious missions for discrimination? Even if so, who might want a religious charter school? What academic needs might they be able to fill that a non-religious school cannot address? What new concerns might they create? At least one thing is clear — they would not emerge in empty space: would they not be resisted by parochial and religious private schools as much as by secular advocates of the Establishment Clause? These questions will guide our panel of distinguished speakers as they discuss the ramifications of the neoliberal turn in public education.
Aaron Saiger: Professor of Law at Fordham University and Author of a recent article, “Charter Schools, the Establishment Clause, and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Education.”
Dr. Saiger graduated from Harvard College and then completed his JD at Columbia University. Before earning his PhD for Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Saiger clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is now Professor of Law at Fordham University where he specializes in issues surrounding religion, school choice and government/constitutional challenges in education. His recent essay, “Charter Schools, the Establishment Clause, and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Education,” was published in the Cardozo Law Review last April.
Rev. Dr. Wilson Goode: Former Mayor of Philadelphia.
Wilson Goode was the first African-American to be elected Mayor of Philadelphia, where he served two terms beginning in 1983. He remains active in both public and private education, serving as a board member of the Cornerstone Christian Academy, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, and Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. Dr. Goode is CEO of Philadelphia Leadership Foundation (PLF) and director of the Amachi Program, a national faith-based mentoring model for children of incarcerated parents. Because of his innovative and ground-breaking work in 2006, he was named the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Citizen of the Year. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with 54 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall in southwest Philadelphia.
Joan Goodman: Professor of Education, Culture, and Society Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-author of The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices.
For thirty years, Dr. Goodman combined teaching with clinical psychology at children’s hospitals in Washington D.C., Oakland, and Philadelphia. Her primary interests now have shifted to moral education, both theoretical and applied. She addresses such questions as: What is a moral value? How do values develop in children? How do we foster values and, more important, a moral identity? How do we understand and reconcile conﬂicting values? These issues are the subject of two books she co-authored with Penn law professor Howard Lesnick, The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices and Moral Education: A Teacher-Centered Approach. With Usha Balamore, a kindergarten teacher turned principal, she co-authored Teaching Goodness: Engaging the Moral and Academic Promise of Young Children.
John J. DiIulio, Jr.: Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, and Professor of Political Science, at the University of Pennsylvania and served as the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2001-2002.
Dr. DiIulio is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society. He has developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. He has been a research center director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures. During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.