On November 30th, 2017, The Magi Project welcomed Prof. Ken Miller (Brown) to Penn for a lecture on God, Darwin, and the Cosmos: Is Faith Still Relevant in a Scientific World? He spoke on the relationship evolution and faith have in popular perception, as well as the ways in which they could be compatible. The full recording of his lecture can be heard below:
This lecture will explore J. H. Newman’s understanding of tradition and its relevance for humanistic and theological inquiry today. Newman is the first to contest the Enlightenment’s critique of tradition as backward, static, and as inherently prejudicial to social, political, and intellectual progress. Moving beyond the prevailing cultural and intellectual movements of the Romantic era – those of historicism and sentimentalism – Newman’s 1845 Idea of Development of Christian Doctrine outlines an understanding of tradition that proved remarkably prescient of developments in twentieth-century philosophical theology and scriptural hermeneutics. Above all, Newman shows that the many voices that comprise a tradition amount to a gift of sorts. We honor it by receiving it, not as a possession but as a temporary trust, a palimpsest of voices inviting us to interact with them and, in so doing, discover and cultivate our own voice and reason.
Join the Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Center for this annual lecture marking the legacy of the University of Pennsylvania as the first Newman club in the United States.
The “household names” of the contemporary academy are often cited, but only occasionally read. The Collegium Institute invites graduate students to consider the work of these influential intellectuals under the auspices of its newest reading group: Theory and Theology. Designed for those with limited or no prior experience reading the authors, the group will examine one important text each month, sometimes in conjunction with a Christian text. Meetings, convened at lunchtime on the first Monday of the month, are set to discuss the following: Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Affect Theory, and Antonio Gramsci.
Space is limited, so please contact Katie Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org by to reserve your place.
Collegium undergraduate fellows serve on the executive committee of the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn. In that capacity, fellows help design Collegium undergraduate programming, committing to a minimum of two programming meetings per year. Depending upon the fellows’ own particular interests, they might help design Food For Thought, the Paideia Seminar, the Faith & Reason seminar, as well as special events and new programs like Friday Underground Coffees and Faculty Table Talks.
More broadly, the fellows form an intellectual community at Penn committed to exploring the past, present, and future of academic learning as a whole. Student fellows show varying degrees of interest in the meaning of the liberal arts, the promise of the research university, and the study of the intellectual tradition of Catholicism or other religions in both contexts. All, however, seek to reflect together upon the inter-relation of knowledge across the university. They pursue the questions that transcend the disciplines, while striving to draw wisdom from each other in the process.
To apply for an undergraduate fellowship, please submit a Statement of Interest in Collegium (150-300 words). Your statement might relate to specific CI programs or more general questions, including but not limited to:
– the relationship between the liberal arts and cutting-edge knowledge
– the relationship between faith and reason
– the search for a meaningful humanism today
Please note, the Fellows Program is open to Penn students of all faiths and of none.
The review committee will continue to process applications until all spots are filled. Please direct all documents and questions to me at email@example.com.
To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Prof. Carlos Eire (Yale) returned to Penn to provide a reflection on the lasting legacy of the Reformation. Listen below to hear some of his thoughts on the Reformation, its influence, and its commemoration through history.
Stay tuned for a video of the lecture and a personal interview with Prof. Eire about his recent book, Reformations (2016).
Where: Stiteler Hall Rm. B6, 208 South 37th Street
Cosponsored by: Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science (PLUS), Penn Forum for Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Affairs, and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS). Funding by the John Templeton Foundation.
Modern science has its roots in western religious thought and owes some of its greatest discoveries to scientists who themselves were people of faith. Nonetheless, on one issue after another, from evolution to the “big bang” to the age of the Earth itself, religion seems to be at loggerheads with scientific thought. Perhaps, as some suggest, we are approaching the end of faith. Is this conflict inevitable, or is there a way science can be understood and supported in a religious context?
Join The Magi Project as they welcome Prof. Kenneth Miller (Brown) for this keynote lecture approaching questions of conflict between religion and science through the contentious issue of biological evolution.
Collegium and the Church of Sts. Agatha and James welcome all to a joyful, ecumenical choral service celebrating Christmas with the Penn community. Join fellow students, professors, and performing arts groups for an evening of Lessons & Carols. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.
What would the ideal world look like? What role would technology play in that ideal world? We will search for the answers to these questions and more through the world of science fiction and short stories. Together with a faculty moderator, we will explore imaginary worlds of film and literature to better understand the goals and desires of our own.
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.
Join Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Center for a keynote lecture by returning Collegium Faculty Fellow, Prof. Clemens Cavallin on expressions of religion in modern society. Dr. Cavallin will explore these modern expressions of ritual practice and show us what religious significance of contemporary cultural phenomena, including mainstream yoga and Catholic apocalyptic novels.
Dr. Clemens Cavallin is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of Department for Internationalization at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is Visiting Instructor of Religion & STINT Fellow in the Department of Religion at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, during the fall semester 2013. Dr. Cavallin’s research interests are broad and include Hinduism, Ritual theory and Catholic Studies. His thesis The Efficacy of Sacrifice (2002) was within the first field, more precisely focusing on Vedic sacrifices, while his second book, Ritualization and Human Interiority (2013) is within the second field of ritual theory. He most recent work, On the Edge of Infinity, to be published this year, is a biography on Canadian Catholic artist and novelist, Michael D. O’Brien.
Currently, he is directing the research project Religion on Campus: A Study of Views on Religion at Two Indian Universities together with professor Åke Sander. The focus is on the relation between Indian forms of secularity and the academic study of religion. In 2017, he will begin to work on a new research project called Christian Yoga which will investigate Christian responses to the popular modern forms of yoga.
Collegium Institute and Penn Newman cordially welcome Penn Alumni and families to our Homecoming celebrations on Saturday, November 4th with opportunities to discover anew the Catholic and scholarly community at Penn, both past and present.
Alumni Open House: 10 am
Start your day with a Meet & Greet of Penn Quakers and families over a light breakfast.
Vigil Mass: 5:30 pm | with a Wine + Cheese Reception following at 6:30 pm
Penn students invite alumni to join them for a Sunday Vigil mass at St. Agatha-St. James at 5:30, featuring the Newman student choir, followed by a Wine & Cheese reception with current students and Collegium’s new Theologian-in-Residence.
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture
Founded by faculty, alumni, students, and friends of Penn, the Collegium Institute is an independent organization that seeks to enrich academic culture by sharing the intellectual fruits of the Catholic tradition with a mainstream audience, both secular and religious, and by supporting scholarship, teaching, and learning that engages across the disciplines.
The institute’s name, collegium, serves as a reminder that the pursuit of knowledge, which is the principal object of all universities, is a communal enterprise. Its flourishing depends upon its members working together to cultivate certain virtues of mind and character, such as humility, trust, honesty, justice, and the love of truth. By witnessing to these enduring virtues, the Collegium Institute aims to serve contemporary academia and become a vibrant center of learning within it.
Penn Newman Catholic Community
Our mission is to support, challenge, inspire and empower students, faculty and staff to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ on campus. We prepare Catholic leaders for service to the Church and world.