Call for Applications

Associate Director and Theologian-in-Residence

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.

 

Those interested, please see further Application Requirements HERE.

June Magi Lectures

Seeing Reality:

Conversations in Science, Faith, and Philosophy

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.

Public Lectures

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.

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Penn Catholic Community Brunch

 

When: Sunday, May 14th at 10:30am

Where: Penn Newman Catholic Center

              3720 Chestnut St, Phila, Pa, 19114

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.

Please RSVP HERE

For inquiries, you may contact Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.


Dr. Christopher Roberts

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.

4th Annual Anscombe Lecture

Art and Morality: on the Relationship between Aesthetics and Ethics

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at noon
Terrace Room (G14), Claudia Cohen Hall

Sir Roger Scruton spoke at Collegium Institute for our annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics, addressing the history of aesthetics and the role for which we seek to use it in our modern world.

Visit us soon for a video of Sir Roger Scruton’s lecture and the following question and answer session.

Poetry as Enchantment

Annual Humanities Symposium
& a Paideia Seminar

When: Friday, April 21st at 5pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania

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.

Please direct questions and RSVPs for this dinner to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.

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.

 

 

A New Moral Culture on Campus?

3rd Annual Penn Club Lecture

 

 

When: Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00pm

Where: Penn Club of New York

30 W 44th Street, New York, NY

Join Collegium  for cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a lecture on

A New Moral Culture on Campus?

featuring:

Professor Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York University

Registration Required.  Please RSVP HERE.  Please direct any questions or comments to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.


 

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.

 

Fourth Annual Anscombe Lecture in Ethics

When: Wed, April 5th, noon-1:30pm

Where: Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall

249 S 36th Street

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:

Sir Roger Scruton

on

Art and Morality: on the Relationship between Aesthetics and Ethics

This year’s lecture is cosponsored by the Penn Departments of Philosophy and History, as well as the Program for Research in Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS).

Lunch provided. To reserve your place, register HERE.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Feeney: elife@sas.upenn.edu.


Sir Roger Scruton

Eminent writer and philosopher, Prof Sir Roger Scruton has for over three decades taught at institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including Birkbeck College, Boston University, and more recently, the University of Buckingham. He is an author of over forty books. In his work as a philosopher he has specialized in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He has written several works of fiction, as well as memoirs and essays on topics of general interest. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. He has been officially honoured by the Czech Republic, by the City of Plzen and by Virginia’s General Assembly. In 2004 he received the Ingersoll Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. In 2015 he published 3 books all of which were chosen among people’s ‘books of the year’. In 2016 he was recipient of the Polish Lech Kaczynski Foundation’s Medal for Courage and Integrity, was awarded the Italian Masi Prize for the Culture of Wine in recognition of his book I Drink Therefore I Am (Bevo, dunque sono), and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

CwtC Module V: On Science, Faith, and Culture: Conflict and Reconciliation

When: Wednesday, March 15, 22, and 29

Where: Harrison College House

How can ancient creation narratives be understood in light of modern astrophysics?  What does the experience of the founder of modern physics (Galileo) actually reveal about the relationship between science and the church?  Or the experience of the founder of the Big Bang Theory (LeMaitre) reveal about the relationship between science and the state?  How is religious belief still possible for scientists in the modern age? Has Cosmology become the “Religion for Intelligent atheists?”

Join us on a great adventure as we journey through intellectual history exploring the relationship between science, faith and culture.  Through a discussion of very brief but momentous texts, we’ll be asking ourselves deep and searching questions about the interaction of science and religious belief and about how this relationship has been portrayed, accepted and rejected in popular culture in times past and in the present day.

This informal dinner seminar is directed by Penn astrophysicist and Collegium Faculty Fellow, Dr. Marisa Cristina March.  Please contact elife@sas.upenn.edu with any questions. All dinner and texts provided.

Christ in the City

Summer of Service Program

May 22~June 4, 2017
Philadelphia

Collegium and Penn Newman Center cosponsor this urban service immersion program for undergraduates, to take place May 22 – June 4.  For more on this two-week opportunity to serve the homeless in Philadelphia, while studying Human Anthropology, Catholic Social Thought, and the Theology of Christian Vocation, visit the Christ in the City website.

 

The registration cost of $600 covers housing, food, and formation for theduration of the program.  Questions can be directed to missiontrips@christinthecity.org.

Applications are currently being accepted.  Apply Today!

 

Faith in Media?: a Veritas Forum

When: March 23rd at 7:30pm

Where: Harold Prince Theater

Annenberg Center

3680 Walnut Street

 

The event, Faith in Media?, developed as a Veritas Forum, will address the university’s annual theme — Media — through the lens of faith.  At this student-focused discussion, professors—including Dean Michael Delli Carpini of the Annenberg School of Communication, the Frances Yates Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School Carolyn Marvin, and Emory University Professor and PBS Commentator Andra Gillespiewill reflect upon a variety of questions at the intersection of media and faith, including society’s faith (or lack thereof) in the media’s standard of neutrality and objectivity, the media’s role in covering divisive issues, and its ability to accurately and fairly represent different faith communities.  The panelists will also reflect on how faith communities engage with the media, both institutionally and through the choices or predilection of individual faith-abiding reporters.  The forum is a rare opportunity for students to hear their own highly respected professors address Penn’s annual theme not just from their academic specialization, but from their personal experience and convictions as well.  

 

RSVP HERE to attend this event.  Any questions or comments may be directed to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.


Our Presenters

Dr. Andra Gillespie

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

EMORY UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Delli Carpini

PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION

WALTER H. ANNENBERG DEAN OF THE ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

Dr. Carolyn Marvin

FRANCIS YATES PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION

THE ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA


Moderator

Dr. Lia Howard

VISITING PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

ST. JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY

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