When: Wednesdays, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, & 10/18, at 5:45pm
Where: Harrison College House
Digital and mechanical technologies have become indispensable in nearly every aspect of our lives so much so that we rarely think critically about the roles they should fill in social as well as individual existence. This semester FFT presents a module that challenges our everyday indifference to things technological. Join us as we explore the uses and abuses of technology and consider what a human-centered use of technology might really look like.
Food for Thought is a seminar for engaging foundational questions without the stress of grades or papers. This informal seminar forum setting provides an opportunity to read and discuss some of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the ancient and modern Western Tradition. Students and a faculty guide will read and discuss brief but momentous texts over dinner and relaxed conversations.
Faculty and religious leaders confront the relationship between faith and ambition at Penn, addressing the definitions of success and encounters with failure, and differences from the secular approaches to both. They will reflect on their experiences of faith within Penn’s culture of achievement and the intersection of faith and ambition more broadly.
Patricia Anton: Chaplain of the Penn Muslim Students Association
Deven M. Patel: Assoc. Prof. of South Asia Studies and Religious Studies at UPenn
Marisa Cristina March: Cosmologist at UPenn and Faculty Fellow at the Collegium Institute
Rabbi Micah Shapiro: Rabbinic Fellow for Innovation at Penn Hillel
Dr. Michael Baime: Founder and Director of the Penn Mindfulness Program
Dr. Ralph Rosen is theVartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities and outgoing Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies. His teaching and research interest lie in the fields of Greek literature and intellectual history, ancient comic and satirical poetic genres, and ancient medicine. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature).Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, in Riepe College House.
Dr. Daniel Cheely is a historian of the Renaissance and Reformation. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Before beginning doctoral studies at Penn, he joined Teach For America in Chicago, where he taught eighth grade for R.S. Abbott School, chaired the social science division and partnered it with local universities through the Chicago History Project, and was awarded his school’s teacher-of-the-year distinction. He is now, while serving as Executive Director of the Collegium Institute, also a Resident Senior Fellow of the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Lecturer in Penn’s History Department.
Collegium is happy to partner with Preceptorials at the University of Pennsylvania during New Student Orientation 2016. To incoming freshmen we say welcome to Penn! Now that you’re here, what exactly is the College supposed to be helping you to accomplish over the next four years? If you’re after “an education”, how do you go about actually getting one? Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: how might he respond to these questions? 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.
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Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture presents a 5-session seminar on St. Augustine’s Confessions, co-facilitated by Dr. Paul Camacho and Dr. Ian Clausen, both Arthur J. Ennis Post-doctoral Fellows in the Humanities at Villanova University.
All who wish to explore this great spiritual classic are welcome to attend. No prior knowledge assumed. Registration is $30 for the whole series, including the book and course. Registration for any session allows entrance to all 5 sessions, as well as light refreshments.
St. Augustine’s Confessions
Generously hosted by Regina Angelorum Academy and St. Colman’s Parish
Session 1: Monday 9/25 – Augustine’s Restless Heart: An Introduction to the Confessions
Session 2: Monday 10/2 – Conversion(s)
Session 3: Monday 10/9 – Love and Loss
Session 4: Monday 10/16 – Education and Entertainment
Dr. Paul Camacho is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received a joint-PhD from Villanova University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, during which time he completed a dissertation on the relationship between love and freedom in Augustine’s account of moral motivation. Paul is broadly interested in bringing classical, late antique, and medieval accounts of morality and religious devotion into dialogue with modern and post-modern philosophy. He has an on-going research interest in our cultural imagination for love, and the role that it plays in our discussions of morality and religion.
Dr. Ian Clausen is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received his MTh and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Augustine’s theological ethics as a British Marshall scholar. His research interests include Augustine’s account of love, conscience, and education, which he explores in his forthcoming book Reading Augustine: On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2017). For more information on the book visit www.readingaugustine.com.
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture
Applications Open: June 15-July 31 (or until the position is filled)
Collegium Institute (CI) seeks an early- to mid-career academic theologian to serve as its full-time Associate Director (AD) in the University City area of Philadelphia. The AD will assist the Executive Director in all areas, growing and developing Collegium’s program and infrastructure, and helping him manage additional part-time staff. The AD also will serve as CI’s Theologian-in- Residence, complementing the Executive Director, who is a historian, as well as its other staff scholars.
CI is an independent, scholarly foundation established in 2013 by faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the University of Pennsylvania. Its catholic mission is two-fold: first, it draws the academic community into conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition; second, it seeks to integrate the many, diverse parts of the university through common reflection upon the truly catholic, or universal, questions that once animated the university as a coherent whole.
To these ends it coordinates lectures, panels, conferences, reading groups, academic advising and mentorships, colloquia, non-credit seminars, for-credit courses, visiting fellowships, summer seminars, interdisciplinary communities, intermural scholarly networks, artistic performances and exhibitions, a website and multimedia productions, and other programs that foster an integrated, humane, and catholic education in University City and the broader region.
How do we understand the universe and our place within it? To what extent should our answer to that fundamental question be different whether we approach it as scientist, philosopher, or theologian? What are the methodological differences that must be respected and which frameworks could enable them to fit together into a coherent whole? Faced with the widespread fragmentation of disciplines, how can we seek fruitful exchanges of insight in the modern academy?
This one-week Collegium Summer Seminar will address these questions, through a daily series of lectures in which students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the universe, the relationship of space and time, freedom and determinism, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine.
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 9AM and afternoon lectures at 2PM.
The Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Center invite all alumni, family, and friends to join us for Sunday brunch. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones; learn about the surprising new movements afoot in the university where the Newman movement first started; and hear remarks from
Dr. Christopher Roberts
Collegium’s Theologian-in-Residence AY 2016-2017
Literature and the Catholic Imagination
The brunch will immediately follow the 9:30AM Mass celebrated at St. Agatha-St. James Church.
Dr. Roberts is Theologian-in-Residence for the Collegium Institute during academic year, 2016-17. Before coming to the Collegium Institute, Dr. Roberts taught in the Ethics Program at Villanova University and served as the primary editor and writer for the World Meeting of Families Catechism, Love is our Mission: the Family Fully Alive. For several years he was a television journalist at PBS, including time as a reporter for the program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Yale (BA, Religious Studies and Environmental Studies), Oxford (MPhil, Christian Ethics) and the University of London (PhD, Theology). When his diaconate training concludes in 2017, he will also receive a further MA in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary here in Philadelphia.
Penn Newman Catholic Community
Serving the Penn Catholic Community since 1893, the Newman Center’s mission to support, challenge, inspire and empower students, faculty and staff to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ on campus, preparing Catholic leaders for service to the Church and world.
Join Collegium Institute and undergraduates across Philadelphia for this final session of Enchantment and Disenchantment in the Modern Era. For our closing seminar, we will examine Poetry as Enchantment, under the esteemed direction of poets Prof. James M. Wilson and Chaplain Chaz Howard. Through a poetry reading and discussion of literary criticisms, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Howard will guide us in an exploration of poetry, religion, and philosophy.
Information about past sessions in this Paideia series may be found here.
As poets and scholars, this month’s guest speakers explore ideas of inspiration through the medium of poetry. Dr. James Wilson (Villanova) blends his poetic work with his scholarship in religion, literature, and philosophy, while Dr. Chaz Howard (UPenn) enlists his various chaplaincy experiences from hospitals to universities to examine the human experience.
Professor James M. Wilson
James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor of Religion and Literature in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, from the importance of local culture to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative, as well as in his six published books of poetry and scholarship.
Chaplain Chaz Howard
Dr. Chaz Howard is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his service at Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts Quarterly, Black Theology: An International Journal, Daily Good, Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, and Slate. He is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, which explored new ways of considering homelessness and poverty and The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection, among others. He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters. He sees his vocational calling to be to work for a communal increase in joy, peace, justice and love.
Jonathan Haidt joined New York University Stern School of Business in July 2011. He is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, based in the Business and Society Program. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Haidt is a social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He co-founded the research collaboration at EthicalSystems.org. His next book will be titled Three Stories About Capitalism: The Moral Psychology of Economic Life. His writings appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and Prospect magazine.