How Catholic Places Serve Civic Purposes: the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Economic “Halo Effects”

Wednesday, November 30th at 5:30pm
Penn Hillel, 2nd Floor
215 S. 39th St, Phila, PA, 19104

Cosponsor: Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society

Join Collegium Institute and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) as we mark the release of the new PRRUCS Report on Catholic Nonprofits in Philadelphia.  Keynote speaker, Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, will reflect on the mission and significance of religious non-profits in history, and on their evolving place in civil society in the present.  The panel of scholars and non-profit leaders, moderated by Professor Ram Cnaan of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, will then consider more specifically the contours of the “halo effect” that Catholic institutions in particular are supposed to be generating in Philadelphia today.

Keynote speaker: Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia

Moderator: Dr. Ram Cnaan, Program Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research

Panelists:

~Joseph P. Tierney, Executive Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program

~Lorraine M. Knight, Executive Director, Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

~A. Robert Jaeger, President, Partners for Sacred Places

Reception to Follow

RSVP HERE to attend this lecture.


Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965.  He was appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997, and later appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011.

During his ministry, he has assisted in the founding of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, an affiliate of the Pontifical Lateran University, as well as Centro San Juan Diego in Colorado, the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), and ENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to “Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women.” He was also instrumental in creating the Denver-based Augustine Institute, an independent, lay-run graduate school for the formation of lay Catholic leaders, catechists, and evangelizers. Archbishop Chaput has served on various national and international committees for advancing religious freedom, in addition to serving as a board member for various Catholic educational institutions.  For the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Archbishop Chaput is currently Chair of the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics, and a member and consultant for several other committees.

In addition to numerous talks, pastoral letter, and articles, he has authored two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008).

 

Dr. Ram A. Cnaan is a Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He is also the founder and Faculty Director the Goldring Reentry Initiative which works to reduce recidivism. Professor Cnaan received his doctorate degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.W. and M.S.W. (both cum laude) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Professor Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues (mainly faith-based organizations, volunteerism, social policy, and development) and serves on the editorial boards of 11 academic journals, as well as authored or edited several academic books.

Professor Cnaan is considered an international expert in the areas of faith-based social care, volunteering, prisoners’ reentry, and social policy. He lectures widely and teaches regularly in four countries.

 

Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society

The PRRUCS mission is to translate Benjamin Franklin’s timeless yet timely nonsectarian civic vision for Penn and for American democracy itself—a nonsectarian civic vision that models both robust respect for religious pluralism and a bedrock belief that sacred places, both on their own and via public-private partnerships, can and should serve secular purposes unto “the common good”—into a 21st century, university-anchored agenda of fact-based research on urban and other faith-based organizations; survey research on religion and democratic values in America; arts and sciences teaching relevant to religion; service-learning initiatives; and special events and projects that advance knowledge and promote mutual understanding concerning contemporary America’s most complex and contentious church-state issues.

On the Secular University and the Church

Reconsidering Newman’s Philosophy of Education Today

Penn Newman Catholic Center
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dr. Don Briel, the Blessed John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary, launched the Inaugural John Henry Newman Lecture, speaking and answering questions at this first annual lecture marking the University of Pennsylvania as the site of the nation’s first Newman Club.

Here is a transcript of the Inaugural Newman Lecture.

 

Natural Law and Interfaith Relations: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Trialogue

Co-sponsored by the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, the Penn Muslim Law Student Association, the Penn Muslim Student Association, the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the Jewish Law Students Association, and the Christian Legal Society of Penn.

Where: Penn Law School

                Gittis 213

                3501 Sansom Street, Phila, PA, 19104

When: Thurs, Oct. 27th at 5:00pm, with Reception to Follow

In a world that appears increasingly polarized and fractured, especially across religious and cultural divisions, could natural law offer a new principle of unity? Join Collegium as co-authors Dr. Novak, Dr. Levering, and Dr. Emon come together to revisit their collaborative volume, Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2014).  In this project, they reflect on Natural Law doctrine through the interconnected lens of their respective academic disciplines and faith traditions.  Drawing on classical thinkers from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, each reflects on how the particularity of the respective religious tradition is squared with the evident universality of natural law claims.  Their dialogue, as co-authors and panelists, provides a forum for further discussion among their respective scholarly and religious communities on natural law and shared morality.

Panelists: 

Dr. Anver M. Emon: Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Matthew Levering: James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Dr. David Novak: Professor and J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

CLE Credit: This program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Please RSVP HERE.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.


Dr. Anver M. Emon is a leading scholar of Islamic law who works across multiple legal traditions in both his research and teaching, and brings that scholarly grounding to his consultations for governments, NGOs and legal advocacy groups around the world. Dr. Emon’s research focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory; premodern modes of governance and adjudication; and the role of Shari’a both inside and outside the Muslim world.  His general academic interests include topics in law and religion; legal history; and legal philosophy. He teaches torts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation, and offers specialized seminars on Islamic legal history, gender and Islamic law, and law and religion. The recipient of numerous research grants, he was named as a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of law.

In addition to publishing numerous articles, Emon is the author of Islamic Natural Law Theories (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as the co-editor of Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He is the founding editor of Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and series editor of the Oxford Islamic Legal Studies Series.

Dr. Matthew Levering received a B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.T.S. at Duke University, and Ph.D. at Boston College.  Previous appointments include: assistant professor of theology at Ave Maria College, associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University, Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, and professor of theology at University of Dayton.  He has authored numerous books including Christ’s Fulfillment of Torah and Temple, Scripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and Community, Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural Law, Ezra and Nehemiah, and Christ and the Catholic Priesthood.  He is the translator of Gilles Emery, O.P.’s The Trinity and serves as co-editor of Nova et Vetera and of the International Journal of Systematic Theology.  He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.

Dr. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of Religion and Philosophy in the University of Toronto, where he is a member of University College and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. In the past, he has held appointments at various prestigious universities, as well as served as the Jewish Chaplain to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., as the rabbi of several U.S. congregations, and as a consultant to the governments of the United States, Israel, and Poland, and to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  David Novak is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), and a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. He is a founder, Vice President, and Coordinator of the Panel of Inquiry on Jewish Law of the Union for Traditional Judaism. He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and a member of the Advisory Board of its monthly journal First Things.

In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC), a federal agency, by the Governor-General of Canada. In 2008 he founded the Tikvah Fund Summer Seminar of Princeton University. In 2011 he was appointed a Project Scholar in the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center of Georgetown University.

 

Coffee with the Classics Module II: Beauty & the Good Life

Date: 10/12; 10/19; 10/26

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Description:

Beauty is in everything that surrounds us.  We see it in art, the human body, and nature, and we hear it in music of all sorts of cadences and melodies.  Where does this beauty come from? Even though much of the beauty we are aware of comes to us through our senses, there is also a beauty that comes to us through the intangible–the beauty of the intellect, of the virtues, and of the good.  What is the good, and how can it help us come to a vision of this seemingly inaccessible form of beauty?  How must we alter our conduct of life in order to live a good life, and essentially, to see true beauty?

Join us as we continue to explore perennial questions with Coffee with the Classics.  Students, together with faculty facilitators, will be coming together to examine brief selections from works by Plato, Plotinus, Schiller, Maritain, von Balthasar, and Hart.

Meetings will be Wednesdays, starting at 6:30pm, with dinner and texts provided free of charge.  Express interest or ask questions to Elizabeth Feeney: elife@sas.upenn.edu.

On the Secular University and the Church: Reconsidering Newman’s Philosophy of Education Today

When: Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm

Where: Penn Newman Catholic Center

3720 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Co-sponsored by Penn Newman Catholic Community

Please join Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Catholic Community for this historic inaugural lecture, the first part of an annual series that marks the legacy of the University of Pennsylvania as the site of the first Newman Club in America.

Dr. Don Briel is the founder, and was for 20 years director, of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which was the first such Center of its kind.  He has since led efforts to develop similar programs at both Catholic and secular research universities across the country.  At the University of St. Thomas he also held the Koch Chair of Catholic Studies and was the first non-clergyman to hold the Chair of the Theology Department.   He served for a time as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He now holds the Blessed John Henry  Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary.

Reception to Follow the Lecture

Please Register Here.  Any questions may be directed to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.

The text and video of Dr. Briel’s lecture can be found HERE.

Seeking the “Real” Francis of Assisi

Medieval Hagiography, Modern History, and Incarnational Theology

When: Tuesday, Sept 27th, 12:00-2:00pm

Where: Stiteler Hall, B26

A Collegium Institute luncheon lecture cosponsored by the Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

When Paul Sabatier published the first modern biography of St. Francis of Assisi in 1893, the medieval sources he favored and the approach he used to find the “historical Francis” behind the legends and myths triggered 100 years of contentious and often fierce debate about texts, interpretations, and proper historical method. By the 1980s many new sources had been discovered and the well-known ones had been meticulously edited and studied.  According to nearly all modern literary and cultural historians working on Francis, however, the historical man would always be hidden behind the source texts.  All that scholars could do was analyze the diverse “readings” of Francis produced by his medieval biographers.

Prof. Augustine Thompson proposes that this decision was a mistake and that the man behind the legends can be discovered, if not perfectly, with a high degree of certainty.  He demonstrated this conviction in his recent monograph, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (Cornell Univ. Press, 2012), which has sold 70,000 copies over the last 4 years making it Cornell’s bestselling book of all time.  In this luncheon lecture, Thompson will explain the issues at stake, his approach, and the major changes of focus these imply.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. (born New York, 1954), is a Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers and Professor of History at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkleley CA. He holds a Ph.D in medieval history from the Univ. of California, Berkeley CA. Until 2009 he was Professor of Religious Studies and History at the Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville VA. His research focuses on medieval Italy and medieval religious history.  Among his monographs are Revival Preachers and Politics: The Great Devotion of 1233 (Cambridge, 2000); Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125-1325 (Penn State, 2006; Winner of the ACHA Howard R Marraro Prize for best book published in Italian History 2006); and now Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, winner of the 2013 Ennio Flaiano Prize in Italian Studies.

Lunch will be provided to all registrants during the lecture.

Register Here or contact Elizabeth Feeney for more information: elife@sas.upenn.edu.

Fall Faculty Colloquia Series: Between Justice and Mercy

Should our society be just or merciful? Should we forgive debts, pardon criminals, and offer private charity to the poor? Today, we often pit the two against each other, and question whether mercy is a virtue: we fear that mercy undercuts justice, which we understand in terms of rights and equal, impartial treatment. But mercy was long understood as a virtue that complements justice rather than contradicting it. This fall, Collegium Institute invites faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, and other area universities to take part in a reading group spanning the history of justice and mercy, exploring the tension between the two and the values of justice and mercy in today’s world.

Our five-session survey may include:

1): The Ancient World: Selections from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Rhetoric and Seneca, De Clementia (On Mercy)

2): Christianity: Selections from Augustine’s City of God and Political Writings (Letters) and Aquinas’s Summa Theologica

3) The Renaissance: Dante’s Inferno (very brief selections) and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

4) The Enlightenment: Beccaria’s On Crime and Punishment and Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals (selections from book 6)

5) The Modern Era: C.S. Lewis’s The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment, Melville’s Billy Budd, Samuel Beckett, “Dante & the Lobster”

For more information or to participate, contact program coordinator Elizabeth Feeney: elife@sas.upenn.edu

Coffee With The Classics Module I:

Can Politics Be Redeemed?

When: 09/07 | 09/14 | 09/21 | 09/28

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm

Where: Harrison House

Description:

Conflict and animosity seem to have reached unprecedented levels in the current election season.  The most disturbing aspect of this phenomenon, however, may not be its shocking proportions, but on the contrary, its increasing inability to shock us.  We are no longer surprised. Verbal attacks, corruption, negative integration: these “scandals” now seem routine, if not banal.  Behind any compromise or agreement, we tend to assume not so much goodwill as an affinity of interests.  Is it sensible to be so jaded?  What is the end of politics anyway? How much or what kind of unity is necessary in a pluralistic society to be able to pursue a truly common good?  Is there hope for politics, or is that just another self-serving slogan?

This September, the Coffee with the Classics seminar will join students together with faculty facilitators in community to explore these timely yet perennial questions by sifting salient, classical responses to them.  We will consider brief selections from the great conversation of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Marx, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Winthrop, and Aquinas, none of whom were of one mind, and discuss them over dinner freely, uncompelled by requirements or grades, for our own sakes and, perhaps, for the sake of the polis.

To join this four-part weekly dinner series in September, directed by the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn, please fill up this form with your contact information and a brief letter of interest (50-250 wds).

Admitted students will receive all dinners free of charge.

 

Previous Meetings of the Circle of St. Bede

January 2016

“Celebration of the Eucharist is the Heart of the Life of the Catholic Church.  The church is where the Eucharist is, and the Eucharist forms the church.”  ~Gerald O’Collins, S.J. Living Vatican II: The Council for the 21st Century

Jan 19“The Fight for Religious Freedom, John Coutney Murray’s Role in ‘Dignitatis Humanae'” America, Nov. 20, 2015.  Discussion led by Dr. Tom Finnegan, physicist.

Feb 2: “Contemporary Medical Miracles.” Discussion led by Dr. Michael Atchison, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Feb 9: “The Eucharist as the Telos of the Law in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas” by Robert Barron. Discussion led by Ron Day, retired law librarian.

Feb 16: “Ted Kennedy: Priest-Friend of the Australian Aborigines. Part 1″ Discussion led by Dr. Tom Connolly, professor emeritus of music.

Mar 1: “Between Religion and Science: Georges Lemaitre, Pope Pius XII and the Big Bang Theory.” by Alexander Van Biezen.  Discussion led by Dr. Tom Finnegan, physicist.

Mar 8: “An Ecologically Adequate Folklore: Responding to Pope Francis’s Invitation in Laudate Si” Presentation by Dr. Mary Hufford, Senior Research Scientist, Virginia Tech University.

Mar 15: “Holy Rosary: the luminous mysteries.” Led by Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

Mar 22: “Stations of the Cross by Julian of Norwich.” Led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

Mar 29: “The Dark Box: the Secret History of Confession” by John Cornwell, Basic Books, 2014. Discussion led by Joan Rolland, art historian.

Apr 5: “Psalm day. Bring a copy of your favorite psalm.” Coordinated by Ron Day, retired Law Librarian.

Apr 12: “The Jubilee Year of Mercy.” Presented by Meghan Cokely, Director of the Office for New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Apr 19: “AINULINDALÉ – The Music of the Ainur.” Pp. 3 – 13. From The Silmarillion by J.R. Tolkein. Presented by Dr. Phil Cary, Eastern University.

Apr 26: “The Holy Rosary. Led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor ofmusic.

May 3: “Natural Law” pp. pp. xiii – xviii in: Dissenting Opinions by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Vanguard, New York, 1929. Discussion led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

May 10: “Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.” By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Discussion led by Dr. Dan Cheely, Executive Director of the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.


September 2015

“Appearances notwithstanding, every person is

immensely holy and deserves our love.”

          Pope Francis

          The Joy of the Gospel

Sept. 8 Marisa March: Put out into the Deep:  Finding Faith in the Depths of the Universe

Sept. 15 Tom Connolly: Essay on Faith and Science – Eugene Stockton

Sept. 22  Tom Finnegan: Laudato Si  Encyclical – Chapter 1

Sept. 29  Peter Dodson: Chapter from A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and the Great War


October 2014 

Tues. Oct. 7. “On the holy rosary.” Discussion led by Dr. Marisa Marsh, astrophysicist, Dept. of Physics.

Tues. Oct. 14. “On consulting the faithful in matters of doctrine” by John Henry Newman, 1859. Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Oct. 21. Open

Oct. 28. Open


April 2014

April 1. “”Parker’s Back,” a short story by Flannery O’Connor.” Discussion will be led by a special guest, Dr. Phil Cary of Eastern University.

April 8. “Swedenborg and Osteopathy.” Special guest: Dr. David Fuller, D.O.

April 15: “Stations of the Cross with Meditations of Julian of Norwich.” Led by Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

April 22. “Richard Wagner and his cultural impact.” Discussion led by Brooke McCorkle, Ph.D. candidate in music.

April 29. “Evangelii Gaudium – the Joy of the Gospel.” Exhortation of Pope Francis. Chapter 5, Spirit-Filled Evangelizers.”  Discussion led by Tom Finnegan, physicist.

 

Summer 2016 Platonic Symposia

On Virtue in the Polis,
and in its Leadership

The Platonic Symposia of Donald Antenen, Collegium alumnus, will continue this summer under the direction of Dr. Anne Hall, Penn English Professor and moderator of Collegium’s inaugural Coffee with the Classics program.

This summer, in anticipation of the election this fall, the reading group will explore Plato’s Meno, Gorgias, and Protagoras. These three dialogues raise three questions–what is virtue and who teaches it? what is the connection between virtue and human happiness? and what is the connection between virtue and human dignity?

Participants will meet weekly to discuss these dialogues in a convivial setting with light refreshments. Copies of the dialogues will be awarded to committed participants while supplies last. Sessions will begin in mid-June on Penn’s campus and take place on a regular evening agreed upon by the participants.

The group will be organized by Mark Hoover, summer student fellow at the Collegium Institute. If you would like to participate, please contact him by May 31st at hooverm@sas.upenn.edu.  You may also sign up for the group by submitting this form.