Morality & Markets: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Where: Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street

Join us at the beautiful Penn Club in Manhattan for cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a panel discussion on morality and the markets. Co-sponsored by the Penn Club of New York and the journal First Things.  Tickets are available now!  Click here until April 15 for early registration — general registration continues after that date.

Featuring:

David Skeel, Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011), Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has been interviewed on The News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines.  Professor Skeel is, most recently, the author of True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of a Complex World.

Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Penn’s Population Studies Center, and a Research Affiliate for the Centre for Economic Policy Research. His research agenda is in macroeconomics and econometrics, with a focus on the computation and estimation of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models.  Professor Fernandez-Villaverde is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO).

 

Eric Cohen has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007.  He was the founder and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, and he serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic.  Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post,Weekly StandardCommentaryThe New RepublicFirst Things, and numerous others. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things.

 

Atif Mian is the Theodore A. Wells ’29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School.  Prior to joining Princeton in 2012, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago.  His more recent work centers on understanding the origins of the global financial crisis, the political economy of government intervention in financial markets, and the link between asset prices, household borrowing, and consumption. Professor Mian’s work has appeared in top Economics and Finance journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial Economics. Professor Mian’s work has also been profiled by leading media outlets such as The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Humanity on Wall Street? A Luncheon Conversation with Jason DeSena Trennert

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 12 noon
Where: The Wharton School, Room TBA*
University of Pennsylvania

Part memoir, part love letter to an institution popularly viewed as a necessary (or as just plain) evil, My Side of the Street: Why Flash Boys, Quants, and Masters of the Universe Don’t Represent the Real Wall Street delivers a defense of the investment banking industry critiqued by Michael Lewis and others, illuminating the ethical and decent majority who take the subway, worry about mortgages, and keep the entire enterprise on its feet. Introducing the general reader to captains of finance, famous on The Street but invisible to outsiders, Mr. Trennert lays on display the absurdity and unbridled joy of big business – a comic tale of unlikely success in America’s most notorious industry.

Featuring Jason DeSena Trennert.  Mr. Trennert is the Managing Partner of Strategas Research Partners LLC and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s broker-dealer subsidiary, Strategas Securities, LLC. In addition, as Chief Investment Strategist, Mr.Trennert is known as one of Wall Street’s top thought leaders on the subject of markets and economic policy. His research pieces are read by leading institutional investors and corporate executives across the globe. He received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and BS in International Economics from Georgetown University.

A limited number of complementary copies of My Side of the Street will be available to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To join us for lunch, please register here!  *Location update will be sent to all registrants.

Third Annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics

When: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12 noon
Where: University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402
249 S 36th St Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics commemorates Elizabeth Anscombe (1919 – 2001), former Penn Professor of Philosophy and one of the most influential woman philosophers and Catholic intellectuals of the modern era.

Featuring:

Dr. Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, and Principal Investigator on “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life,” a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill’s Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology (Routledge, 2001) and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard University Press, 2002), and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas.  Her research interests are in practical philosophy (particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe), practical reason, Kant’s ethics, Marx, and neo-Aristotelian naturalism.

Luncheon provided.  To reserve your place, please register here.  For more information, contact Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu.

The Enigma of Academic Success

On November 13, 2015, Collegium co-sponsored a panel with The Veritas Forum on surviving, thriving, and rediscovering the meaning of learning.  Featuring Francis Su, the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.

The Enigma of Academic Success

When: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Huntsman Hall Auditorium (G-06) at the University of Pennsylvania

The Enigma of Academic Success: An Organizational Psychologist and Christian Mathematician discuss surviving, thriving, and rediscovering the meaning of learning. An honest encounter of two viewpoints, featuring Francis Su, the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. This event is cosponsored with the Veritas Forum.

Featuring:

Dr. Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is currently President of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that divinely blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, reflection and action.

Dr. Stewart Friedman has been on the Wharton faculty since 1984.  He became the Management Department’s first Practice Professor for his work on applying theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations. As founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, in 1991 he initiated the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses.  He is also founding director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project.  Stew worked for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.  He has published on work/life, leadership, and the dynamics of change, including the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles, “Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game” (1998); “Be a better leader, have a richer life” (2008); and “Work+Home+Community+Self (2014); and “The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees” (in Academy of Management Executive, 2003).  Stew’s most recent book is Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal best-seller.

Biblical Genealogy: Sacred Lineages From Noah to Jesus

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 12 noon
Where: Nevil Room, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

 

This closing lecture by Dr. Jon D. Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, is the grand finale to the Sacred Writings Exhibition at the Penn Museum. This event is in partnership with the Museum, which, among other precious artifacts, will be showcasing its papyrus fragment of Matthew 1, one of the world’s oldest extant gospel fragments.  Lunch will be served.

Featuring:

Dr. Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School.  Professor Levenson’s work concentrates on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including its reinterpretations in the “rewritten Bible” of Second Temple Judaism and rabbinic midrash.  He has a strong interest in the philosophical and theological issues involved in biblical studies, especially the relationship of premodern modes of interpretation to modern historical criticism. Much of his work centers on the relationship of Judaism and Christianity, both in antiquity and in modernity, and he has long been active in Jewish-Christian dialogue. Professor Levenson has published several books, the newest being The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton University Press, 2015).  In all his work, emphasis falls on the close reading of texts for purposes of literary and theological understanding.

To reserve your place, please register here.  For more information, contact Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu.

Nostra Aetate, 50 Years Later

The Past, Present, and Future of Inter-Faith Relations: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate.

Cosponsored with the Religious Studies Department

 

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Where: Shotel Dubin Auditorium in Steinhardt Hall (Penn Hillel), University of Pennsylvania

Issued in October 1965, Nostra Aetate was the Second Vatican Council’s seminal declaration on the relationship of the Church to other Faiths.  Situated two weeks after the historic visit of Pope Francis and two weeks before the visitation of the Dalai Lama, this special event presents an opportunity for the university to take stock of the transformation of inter-faith relations ushered in by this pivotal church document and to consider what still lies ahead.

Featuring:

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, secretary-treasurer of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is also webmaster of the CCJR’s online resource supersite called Dialogika. Interested in biblical studies, religious education, and theologies of Christian-Jewish relations, he is the author of numerous books and articles on these subjects. His most recent book is Seeking Shalom: The Journey to Right Relationship between Catholics and Jews (Eerdmans, 2015).

 

Dr. Daniel Mark is Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.  He is also an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. At Villanova, he is a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and serves on the Jewish Religion and Culture Lecture Committee and the Graduate Committee of the Department of Political Science. Dr. Mark works with the Tikvah Fund in New York and the Hertog Foundation in Washington, DC, and he has taught at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

Dr. Heather J. Sharkey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University after conducting research abroad on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.  Before joining the Penn faculty in 2002, she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Trinity College in Connecticut. She is the editor of Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missions in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (Syracuse University Press, 2013). Dr. Sharkey is writing a book for Cambridge University Press about the history of intercommunal relations in the modern Middle East.

Reception to follow

Please register here.  For more information, contact Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu

 

Special Events in September

Thursday, September 17: What is the Meaning of the World Meeting of Families? A Discussion on Love, Vocation, and Human Fulfillment featuring Dr. Christopher Roberts, who is the principal author of the World Meeting of Families Catechism, and other panelists.  For further details and information on registration, click here.
Tuesday, September 22: The Family as Holy Anarchy. Special event at the Philadelphia Convention Center immediately preceding the World Meeting of Families. Dr. Mary Beth Yount, an assistant professor of theology at Neumann University, will MC. Dr. Fabrice Hadjadj, the French Catholic philosopher, author and convert from Judaism, will deliver the main comments on family-related issues, and Cardinal Mueller of the CDF and Dr. Anna Moreland of Villanova will offer brief responses. To register, please contact Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu
Thursday & Friday, September 24-25: Religious Faith & Environmentalism Symposium
          o Thursday, Sept. 24,  5pm: Religious Faith & Environmentalism. Lecture by Thomas R. Dunlap (Texas A&M) with response by Justin McDaniel (Chair, Penn Religious Studies).  Reception to follow.
          o Friday, Sept. 25, 11:30am:Green Faiths? Laudato Si and other Religious Responses to Ecological Pressures. Panel featuring Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Bethany Wiggin (Penn), Carolyn Fornoff (Penn), Mark Shiffman (Villanova), Cam Grey (Penn) and Ilana Schachter (Penn). Moderated by Mary Summers (Penn). Luncheon.
          o Friday, Sept. 25, 2pm: Keynote Address
For more information or to register, click here.