Science, Faith, and Philosophy on the Origins of our Universe
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.
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.
Students in Philadelphia are invited to join Christ in the City for four lectures on Catholic Social Thought and the NewEvangelization, 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 NewEvangelization
Thursdays, May 24 & 31 | 10 – 11:30 am
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.
It is widely supposed that science and faith are inherently incompatible and historically have been at war. In this talk, it will be shown that this is a myth based largely on bad history and misunderstandings of traditional religious concepts. He will start by clearing up some common misconceptions about Christian (and specifically Catholic) beliefs about God and Nature. He will then survey some of the remarkable and little-known story of the Church’s involvement with science, which has been overshadowed by the Galileo case. Finally, he will argue that several discoveries of twentieth century physics are more consonant with traditional Christian and Jewish ideas about the universe and our place in it than they are with atheistic and materialist ideas.
Prof. Stephen Barr works in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware. His main areas of research include grand unified theories, theories of CP violation, theories of neutrino masses and mixing, and particle cosmology. He is the president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, the author of several popular books on science and faith and was awarded the Benemerenti medal for services to the Church by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.
Dr. Tony Luberti (medical director of informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff(medical director of the Global Health Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) join Caritas, the Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Penn, and Collegium for a discussion on global health and the responsibilities of healthcare providers in relation to it. Lunch Provided
Dr. Steenhoff graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa with a distinction in pediatrics. He completed pediatric training in South Africa, England and the United States. Following pediatric residency and chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, he did an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Steenhoff combines clinical and research skills to improve pediatric outcomes in the developing world. His research focuses on pediatric infectious diseases with a particular interest in tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia and gastroenteritis. Dr. Steenhoff is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has worked at CHOP since 2004. He teaches and mentors students, residents and fellows in Botswana, the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia.
Dr. Luberti received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a masters in Information Science from Penn State University. He has more than 10 years experience with the implementation of several Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems at CHOP in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. Luberti also serves as Medical Director of CHOP’s nurse triage call center, and is a supervising/attending physician for pediatric residents in CHOP’s Resident Continuity Clinic. He is the medical director of informatics education in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since February 2009, Dr. Luberti has been involved in various aspects of CHOP’s Global Health programs and the Botswana UPenn Partnership (BUP) including the development and application of database programs and the use of various technologies and distance learning methods to support a number of educational and research efforts in Botswana.
Mistakes, or moral failures? The actions of a few individuals, or systemic problems? Join Collegium for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a panel discussion exploring the causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the changes that have been made in its wake, and the work that remains to be done.
Professor Maureen O’Hara
Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
ProfessorStijn Van Nieuwerburgh
David S. Loeb Professor of Finance
Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
Professor Mauro Guillen
Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management
Maureen O’Hara is the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, and she also holds a Professorship at the University of Technology Sydney.
Professor O’Hara’s research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the classic book Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell: 1995). Recent research looks at the how ETFs affect market stability, liquidity issues in corporate bond markets, and corporate governance problems in banks. Dr. O’Hara also publishes widely on a broad range of topics including banking and financial intermediaries, law and finance, experimental economics, and finance and ethics, with her book “Something for Nothing: Arbitrage and Ethics on Wall Street” (Norton:2016). Professor O’Hara has served as President of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, the Financial Management Association, the Society for Financial Studies and the International Atlantic Economic Society. She currently serves on the Boards of several institutions, including NewStar Financial, Investment Technology Group, Inc. (ITG), and the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Board. She was the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and Co-Editor of the Review of Asset Pricing Studies.
Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh is the Director of the Center for Real Estate Finance Research and David S. Loeb Professor of Finance at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, which he joined in 2003.
His research lies in the intersection of housing, asset pricing, and macroeconomics. One strand of his work studies how financial market liberalization in the mortgage market relaxed households’ down payment constraints, and how that affected the macro-economy, and the prices of stocks and bonds. In this area, he has also worked on regional housing prices and on household’s mortgage choice. He currently studies real estate price formation, the impact of foreign buyers on the market, and mortgage market design. Professor Van Nieuwerburgh has published articles in numerous journals, including the Econometrica, The Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Finance, and he is Editor at the Review of Financial Studies. He is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Center for European Policy Research. Professor Van Nieuwerburgh was awarded the 15th Edition of the Bérnácer Prize for his research on the transmission of shocks in the housing market on the macro-economy and the prices of financial assets. The Bérnácer Prize is awarded annually to a European economist under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.
Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a research-and-teaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology of the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. He is an Elected Fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society, a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2005 he won the IV Fundación Banco Herrero Prize, awarded annually to the best Spanish social scientist under the age of 40.
His current research deals with the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. His most recent books are Global Turning Points (2012) and Emerging Markets Rule (2012). His research has appeared in a variety of academic journals in four separate fields: management, sociology, area studies, and applied policy. He is an Associate Editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly, and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of International Business Studies.
Photo credit: Charging Bull, by Sam Valadi, via Flickr
Collegium joins the Veritas Forum of the University of Pennsylvania to welcome Dr. Rosalind Picard (MIT) to the 2018 Veritas Forum, in conversation with UPenn’s “Year of Innovation.” Dr. Picard’s lecture will address what it means to be human in light of advancing technologies, such as those researched in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, of which Dr. Picard is the founder and director. Dr. Michael Platt (Penn) will offer a response following the lecture.
Collegium and Harrison College House welcome students to this weekly dinner discussion exploring music and the role it plays–or should play–in our lives. This series is directed by Professor Naomi Waltham-Smith of the Music Department. Join our relaxed community of committed students and professors each week for this musical exploration.
Food for Thought invites students to explore perennial questions with the aid of good food and powerful texts (or music) but without the pressure of grades or papers.
Free Texts and Dinner are provided for registered participants.
Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to contemporary urban sound ecologies, and from post-Kantian European thought to Kafka and casinos.
Modern cinema broaches many of the topics that have prompted conversation between scientists and persons of faith. How did the universe come into being? Does God exist and, if so, what role did God play? The more we learn about the universe, the more we realize that we know so very little. There is mystery still. Join us for three evenings of conversation as part of Magi’s Faith & Film 3-partseries as we navigate the relationship between science and faith and perhaps, in our searching, uncover some answers.
Session I: Interstellar
In Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking science fiction epic, the Earth has been devastated by famine. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of the solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, in search of a world that may hold the key to humanity’s future.
Session II: Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking was given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde. James Marsh’s biography charts the life and legacy of one of the most celebrated theoretical physicists of the modern age.
Session III: Arrival
As nations teeter on the verge of global war, linguistics professor Louise Banks must race against time to find a way to communicate with mysterious extraterrestrial visitors.
“To Be Deep in History:” Newman on the Gift of Tradition
On Thurs, Feb. 8th, Collegium Institute and Penn Newman Community were honored to welcome Prof. Thomas Pfau (Duke) to present our 2nd Annual John Henry Newman Lecture. A recording of his lecture may be found below: