NSO Preceptorial 2018

Date & Time

08/25/18 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

Preceptorial Description

Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: what wisdom might he have about how to go about getting an “education” here at Penn? In this preceptorial we will reflect together on some of Plato’s writings on the conditions and ends of learning. Whether these issues have long bothered you or you’ve never considered them before, please join us for a convivial first seminar with Collegium at Penn. No prior reading. All brief excerpts to be handed out and discussed in session.


Dr. Ralph Rosen | Vartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies

Dr. Daniel Cheely | Director of Collegium Institute and Perry Family Scholar of History, Religion, and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania


To register for this preceptorial, you must log into PennInTouch and search for the courses listed under the code PREC. Our preceptorial is listed as “PREC-409-001.” 

A more detailed account of the registration process can be found on the NSO Website

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Philippe Becker at


Arch 108, 3601 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania


Creation Ex Nihilo

Science, Faith, and Philosophy on the Origins of our Universe

June 2018

Collegium Institute and the Magi Project welcome all to our week-long Collegium Summer Seminar  structured around the question of the beginning of the Universe and the Big Bang theory, with a special focus on the contribution of Georges Lemaîte, as well as on planetary origins and the formation of our solar system. The Seminar will welcome a small cohort of graduate students to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across disciplines of physics, philosophy, and theology.

Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the origins of the universe, the relationship of space and time, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine in an exploration some of deepest questions about the origins of our Universe.

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 10 AM and afternoon lectures at 3 PM.


Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29

Mornings 10 AM

On Georges Lemaitre

John Farrell

Philosophy of Creation: Part 2

Prof. William Carroll

Theology of Genesis

Rev. Joseph Laracy

Standard Model of Physics

Prof. Don Lincoln

Lemaitre and Cosmology

Rev. James Peebles

Afternoons 3 PM

Philosophy of Creation: Part 1

Prof. William Carroll

Genesis & the Ancient Near East

Rev. James Platania

Science of the Big Bang Theory

Prof. Don Lincoln

Exoplanets and Origins

Prof. David Charbonneau

All lectures will be held at

International House of Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street

For more information on our speakers, please visit the Magi Project at

Christ in the City


May 23 – May 31, 2018

Penn Newman Catholic Center

3720 Chestnut St, Phila, PA, 19104



Students in Philadelphia are invited to join Christ in the City for four lectures on Catholic Social Thought and the New Evangelization, sponsored by the Collegium Institute, to be held at the Penn Newman Center.  These lectures will be held as part of the Christ in the City undergraduate service-learning seminar.   John Buchmann will lead the lectures on Catholic Social Thought, and Dr. Rebecca Cherico will lead lectures on the New Evangelization.

Catholic Social Thought
Wednesdays, May 23 & 30 | 10 – 11:30 am
New Evangelization 
Thursdays, May 24 & 31 | 10 – 11:30 am

Please direct any questions about this portion of the Christ in the City program to Elizabeth Feeney at

Summer Reading Groups 2018

Join Collegium Institute this summer for our Annual Summer Reading groups.  This summer, we will return to our series on Faith & Fiction, as well as explore the Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe.  Students are welcomed to join us for one or both of the programs.  Light refreshments and texts will be provided for all registered participants.

Faith & Fiction

Wednesdays, 6/6 – 6/20, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Vote for our Readings HERE

Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

Wednesdays, 7/11 – 7/25, 5:15 -6:30 pm

Register HERE

Please direct questions to

Global Health & Provider Responsibility

a How to Heal Luncheon in Medical Humanities

When: Wed, April 18th | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Where: Claire Fagin Hall, Rm 214

Dr. Tony Luberti (medical director of informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff(medical director of the Global Health Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) join Caritas, the Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Penn, and Collegium for a discussion on global health and the responsibilities of healthcare providers in relation to it.  Lunch Provided

RSVP to Elizabeth Feeney at

Meet our speakers:

Dr. Steenhoff graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa with a distinction in pediatrics. He completed pediatric training in South Africa, England and the United States. Following pediatric residency and chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, he did an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Steenhoff combines clinical and research skills to improve pediatric outcomes in the developing world. His research focuses on pediatric infectious diseases with a particular interest in tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia and gastroenteritis. Dr. Steenhoff is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has worked at CHOP since 2004. He teaches and mentors students, residents and fellows in Botswana, the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia.

Dr. Luberti received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a masters in Information Science from Penn State University. He has more than 10 years experience with the implementation of several Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems at CHOP in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. Luberti also serves as Medical Director of CHOP’s nurse triage call center, and is a supervising/attending physician for pediatric residents in CHOP’s Resident Continuity Clinic.  He is the medical director of informatics education in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since February 2009, Dr. Luberti has been involved in various aspects of CHOP’s Global Health programs and the Botswana UPenn Partnership (BUP) including the development and application of database programs and the use of various technologies and distance learning methods to support a number of educational and research efforts in Botswana.

The Financial Crisis: 10 Years Later

4th Annual Penn Club Reception

When: Tuesday, May 8th | 6:00pm

Where: Penn Club of New York

               30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Mistakes, or moral failures?  The actions of a few individuals, or systemic problems? Join Collegium for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a panel discussion exploring the causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the changes that have been made in its wake, and the work that remains to be done.


Professor Maureen O’Hara

Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management

Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Professor Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh

David S. Loeb Professor of Finance

Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

Professor Mauro Guillen

Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Registration Required.  Early Registration closes April 24th.

Please direct any questions or comments to Elizabeth Feeney at

2018 Reception Panelists:

Maureen O’Hara is the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, and she also holds a Professorship at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor O’Hara’s research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the classic book Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell: 1995). Recent research looks at the how ETFs affect market stability, liquidity issues in corporate bond markets, and corporate governance problems in banks. Dr. O’Hara also publishes widely on a broad range of topics including banking and financial intermediaries, law and finance, experimental economics, and finance and ethics, with her book “Something for Nothing: Arbitrage and Ethics on Wall Street” (Norton:2016). Professor O’Hara has served as President of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, the Financial Management Association, the Society for Financial Studies and the International Atlantic Economic Society. She currently serves on the Boards of several institutions, including NewStar Financial, Investment Technology Group, Inc. (ITG), and the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Board.  She was the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and Co-Editor of the Review of Asset Pricing Studies.

Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh is the Director of the Center for Real Estate Finance Research and David S. Loeb Professor of Finance at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, which he joined in 2003.

His research lies in the intersection of housing, asset pricing, and macroeconomics. One strand of his work studies how financial market liberalization in the mortgage market relaxed households’ down payment constraints, and how that affected the macro-economy, and the prices of stocks and bonds. In this area, he has also worked on regional housing prices and on household’s mortgage choice. He currently studies real estate price formation, the impact of foreign buyers on the market, and mortgage market design. Professor Van Nieuwerburgh has published articles in numerous journals, including the Econometrica, The Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Finance, and he is Editor at the Review of Financial Studies. He is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Center for European Policy Research. Professor Van Nieuwerburgh was awarded the 15th Edition of the Bérnácer Prize for his research on the transmission of shocks in the housing market on the macro-economy and the prices of financial assets. The Bérnácer Prize is awarded annually to a European economist under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.

Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a research-and-teaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. He is an Elected Fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society, a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2005 he won the IV Fundación Banco Herrero Prize, awarded annually to the best Spanish social scientist under the age of 40.

His current research deals with the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations.  His most recent books are Global Turning Points (2012) and Emerging Markets Rule (2012).  His research has appeared in a variety of academic journals in four separate fields: management, sociology, area studies, and applied policy.  He is an Associate Editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly, and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of International Business Studies.


Photo credit: Charging Bull, by Sam Valadi, via Flickr

What is Humanity?

A Veritas Forum Event

When: Thursday, Mar. 22nd at 7:00 pm

Where: Annenberg School, Rm 110


Collegium joins the Veritas Forum of the University of Pennsylvania to welcome Dr. Rosalind Picard (MIT) to the 2018 Veritas Forum, in conversation with UPenn’s “Year of Innovation.”  Dr. Picard’s lecture will address what it means to be human in light of advancing technologies, such as those researched in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, of which Dr. Picard is the founder and director.  Dr. Michael Platt (Penn) will offer a response following the lecture.

RSVP Today

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Music: Why we listen & Why we should

a Food for Thought module


When: Wed, 3/14 | 3/21 | 3/28 from 5:45-7:00 pm

Where: Harrison College House

Collegium and Harrison College House welcome students to this weekly dinner discussion exploring music and the role it plays–or should play–in our lives.  This series is directed by Professor Naomi Waltham-Smith of the Music Department. Join our relaxed community of committed students and professors each week for this musical exploration.

Food for Thought invites students to explore perennial questions with the aid of good food and powerful texts (or music) but without the pressure of grades or papers.

Free Texts and Dinner are provided for registered participants.

Reserve your free dinner and texts by emailing Elizabeth at

Professor Naomi Waltham-Smith

Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to contemporary urban sound ecologies, and from post-Kantian European thought to Kafka and casinos.

Faith & Film: a Magi Project Module


When: Sundays, April 8, 15 & 22 | 7:30-9:00 pm

Where: Penn Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St


Modern cinema broaches many of the topics that have prompted conversation between scientists and persons of faith.  How did the universe come into being?  Does God exist and, if so, what role did God play?  The more we learn about the universe, the more we realize that we know so very little.  There is mystery still.  Join us for three evenings of conversation as part of Magi’s Faith & Film 3-part series as we navigate the relationship between science and faith and perhaps, in our searching, uncover some answers.

Session I: Interstellar

In Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking science fiction epic, the Earth has been devastated by famine. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of the solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, in search of a world that may hold the key to humanity’s future.

Session II: Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking was given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde. James Marsh’s biography charts the life and legacy of one of the most celebrated theoretical physicists of the modern age.

Session III: Arrival

As nations teeter on the verge of global war, linguistics professor Louise Banks must race against time to find a way to communicate with mysterious extraterrestrial visitors.


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Magi Project Summer Seminar 2018

Creation Ex Nihilo?

Perspectives on the Origin of the Universe in Science, Theology and Philosophy

The theme of our 2018 Summer Seminar will be “Cosmic Origins”. 

What does it mean to speak about the origin of our Universe?  Why is there something rather than nothing?   Did time begin with the Big Bang?  What does it mean to speak of a Creator?  Why was Genesis 1 written? Is it still relevant today?  How do the Big Bang theory and Genesis fit together?  Can one believe in the modern physical mechanics of an inflationary Universe and also in God? 

The week-long Collegium Summer Seminar will be structured around the question of the beginning of the Universe and the Big Bang theory, with a special focus on the contribution of Georges Lemaître, as well as on planetary origins and the formation of our solar system. The Seminar will welcome a small cohort of graduate students to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across disciplines of physics, philosophy, and theology. 

Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the origins of the universe, the relationship of space and time, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine in an exploration some of deepest questions about the origins of our Universe.   Read more