Today: Learning Without Irony

Inaugural Humanities Symposium

It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Christy Wampole (Princeton) and Dr. R. R. Reno (First Things) to the University of Pennsylvania, and to invite you to join our symposium today.

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Room, Houston Hall (3417 Spruce St)

“Against Critical Thinking” by Dr. R. R. Reno, First Things & Creighton University

“The Other Serious” by Dr. Christy Wampole, Princeton University

Cosponsored by French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will follow.

Today: Conscience Colloquium

J.S. Mill & John Henry Newman on Liberty & Conscience

A Lunch Colloquy
Part 1 of the Day Conference “Dictating Conscience”

When: Monday, March 31, 2014; 1:30 p.m.
Where: Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law School (34th & Sansom)

The Collegium Institute is proud to cosponsor this lunch colloquy with Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.

This is the first event in the Penn Federalist Society’s day conference, “Dictating Conscience: Law as a Cultural Weapon.”  Lawyers who register for the event are eligible for 5.5 hours of substantive CLE credit.

To register, or for more information, please visit the Penn Federalist Society’s Eventbrite page here.

Tonight: The Meaning of Beauty



It is our pleasure to invite you to attend this evening’s Collegium Institute lecture, The Meaning of Beauty, which will be delivered by Dr. Michael LewisFaison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College



  • When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Meyerson Hall B3, School of Design (210 South 34th Street)

This event is sponsored by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Cosponsored by the Department of the History of Art and the Program of Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Please find a PDF of our event poster here.

Acting Well: The Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue

Anscombe Lecture Today

It is Collegium Institute’s great pleasure to invite you to attend its inaugural Anscombe lecture in ethics, which will be delivered by Dr. John Haldane this afternoon.

  • Date: Wednesday March 19th, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: Stiteler B21 (208 S. 37th Street).

 Dr. John Haldane is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, and Chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Psychology, and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.




Please find a PDF of our event poster here.




Faith In Fossils?

Reflections of a Penn Paleontologist

On February 5, 2014, Dr. Peter Dodson collaborated with the Collegium Institute to share his reflections on theology and science.

Dr. Peter Dodson is Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of The Dinosauria, a definitive scholarly resource, and the author or co-author of more than one hundred academic papers and books, including The Horned Dinosaurs (Princeton, 1996). A research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Religion and Science, Dodson has taught a broad range of course in geology, history, history and sociology of science, and religious studies for more than three decades at Penn. In 2011 he received a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.


New Events for Spring 2014!

Penn Year of Sound Panel:
“Silent Music: St. Cecilia as Model of Contemplation”
  • Date and time: Thursday February 27th, 5:00 pm
  • Location:  102 Music Building (201 S. 34th St)


Thomas Connolly, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Mourning into Joy: Music, Raphael, and St. Cecilia (Yale, 1995)


Ann Moyer, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Musica Scientia: Musical Scholarship in the Italian Renaissance (Cornell, 1992)

Cosponsors: Department of Music, Department of History, Medievalists @ Penn, and a Penn Year of Sound (YoS) grant

CI’s Inaugural Anscombe Lecture in Ethics
“Acting Well: The Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue”
  • Date and time: Wednesday March 19th, 5:00 pm
  • Location: TBD


John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, and Director of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews


“The Meaning of Beauty”
  • Date and time: Tuesday March 25th, 7:00 pm
  • Location: TBD


Michael Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History, Williams College

 Copsonsored by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute

CI’s Inaugural Humanities Forum: “Learning without Irony”
  • Date and time: Thursday April 10th, 5:00 pm
  • Location: TBD

“In Praise of Seriousness”

by Dr. Christy Wampole, Assistant Professor

of French and Italian, Princeton University

“The Pedagogy of Piety”

by Dr. R.R. Reno, Editor, First Things