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Magi Project Summer Seminar 2018

Creation Ex Nihilo?

Perspectives on the Origin of the Universe in Science, Theology and Philosophy

The theme of our 2018 Summer Seminar will be “Cosmic Origins”. 

What does it mean to speak about the origin of our Universe?  Why is there something rather than nothing?   Did time begin with the Big Bang?  What does it mean to speak of a Creator?  Why was Genesis 1 written? Is it still relevant today?  How do the Big Bang theory and Genesis fit together?  Can one believe in the modern physical mechanics of an inflationary Universe and also in God? 

The week-long Collegium Summer Seminar will be structured around the question of the beginning of the Universe and the Big Bang theory, with a special focus on the contribution of Georges Lemaître, 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.  

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Did Liberalism Fail?

When: Tues, March 27th, 12 noon

Where: Amado Room, Irvine Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Penn Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, and the Penn Department of Political Science

Of the three dominant ideologies of the 20th century–fascism, communism, and liberalism–only the last remains.  Could liberalism’s triumph be its own undoing?  Collegium Institute welcomes Prof. Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, to Penn to discuss his new book on the roots of the American political project and its contemporary upheaval.

Response by Prof. Samuel Freeman, Avalon Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Law (Penn)

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for our Luncheon Lecture

Copies of Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed will be made available for purchase at the event by representatives of the Penn Book Center.

Questions and comments can be directed to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@collegiuminstitute.org.


Our Keynote Speaker

Patrick J. Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency.  From 1997-2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University.  From 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012.  He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and has delivered invited lectures around the country and several foreign nations.

Deneen was awarded the A.P.S.A.’s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 1995, and an honorable mention for the A.P.S.A.’s Best First Book Award in 2000.  He has been awarded research fellowships from Princeton University and the Earhart Foundation.

His teaching and writing interests focus on the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics.

Our Respondent

Samuel Freeman teaches courses on social and political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of law at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written books on Justice and the Social Contract and on the political philosophy of John Rawls. His collection of papers, entitled Liberalism and Distributive Justice, is to appear in Spring 2018.  Freeman edited the Cambridge Companion to Rawls (2002), as well as John Rawls’s Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (2007) and his Collected Papers (1999). He is currently working on a manuscript on liberalism.


Image: Congressional Pugilists, etching, 1798

 

Christ in the City 2018

May 20 – June 2, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Collegium and Penn Newman Center cosponsor this urban service immersion program for undergraduates, to take place May 21June 3.  For more on this two-week opportunity to serve the homeless in Philadelphia while studying Christian Anthropology, New Evangelization, and Catholic Social Thought, visit the website here.

The registration cost of $700 covers housing, food, and formation for the duration of the program.  Questions can be directed to application@christinthecity.org.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2018

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About Christ in the City

Christ in the City is a Catholic non-profit dedicated to forming missionaries, volunteers and communities in knowing, loving and serving the poor.

Christ in the City began its work with Denver’s poor and homeless in the summer of 2010.  The organization began under the auspices of Catholic Charities in Denver as a way to form young people to be life-long missionaries.

In the 2011, Christ in the City was entrusted to the Christian Life Movement (CLM) as the service arm of their mission in the United States. Missionaries are spiritually guided by the priests and lay men and women of the Christian Life Movement, whose community plays a vital role in the spiritual formation of Christ in the City.

Mass, Brunch, & Musings

Penn Alumni Weekend 2018

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Morning Mass: 9:00 am at Sts. Agatha and James (3728 Chestnut St)

Brunch Reception: 10:00 am at Penn Newman Center (3720 Chestnut St)

Collegium Institute and Penn Newman Center welcome Penn Alumni, families, and friends to morning mass at Sts. Agatha and James, followed by a brunch reception at the Newman Center.  Reconnect with friends, new and old, as you explore the development of Catholic life and ministry at Penn while celebrating its long history.

Featuring brief remarks On Faith & Reason at Penn by

John Buchmann

Theologian-in Residence & Associate Director

Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture

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Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Feeney, COL’15 at elife@sas.upenn.edu.   Read more

Should we continue to promote Human Existence?

Annual Humanities Forum

When: Tues, Feb. 27th at 12 noon

Where: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

 

Collegium Institute welcomes keynote speaker, Dr. Remi Brague, Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the University of Paris, to the University of Pennsylvania to defend the legitimacy of humanity in spite of the challenges of the Anthropocene.  This luncheon program will include a lecture by Dr. Brague, followed by comments and a short Q & A.

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What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?

a Faith & Reason series

 

 

When: Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Starting Friday, Feb. 9th

2/9 | 2/16 | 2/23 | 3/9 | 3/16 | 3/23

Tertullian’s famous question, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” was rhetorical: Tertullian blamed Greek philosophy for leading Christians away from the truth.  In this seminar, we will take up this question again, pursuing it in light of its many levels of meaning.  We will explore the relations between philosophy and Scripture, the natural intellect and matters of faith, in order to discern models for the Christian intellectual life.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.

Speaking Truth to Power:

How much free speech is necessary at the university today?

A Food for Thought Module

When: Wed, 1/31 | 2/7 | 2/14 | 2/21; 5:45 — 7:00 pm

Where: Harrison College House

Not since the 1960’s has there been so much speech about speech on college campuses.  Such conflicts challenge us to reflect upon issues fundamental to the university itself, including the purpose of education, the freedom of inquiry, the power of language, and the moral boundaries of community.  Join us on our quest to make sense of what’s at stake and to grapple together toward a way forward, building upon the centuries-long debate among Plato, John Stuart Mill, Judith Butler, George Orwell, and others in a relaxed community of committed—if not necessarily like-minded—students.

Food for Thought invites undergraduate students of the University of Pennsylvania to explore perennial questions with the aid of good food and powerful texts but without the pressure of grades or papers.

Free Texts and Dinner are provided for registered participants.

Reserve your free dinner and texts by emailing Elizabeth at elife@sas.upenn.edu.