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Collegium Institute Student Fellows Program

The Collegium Institute Student Fellows form an undergraduate intellectual community at the University of Pennsylvania committed to exploring the past, present, and future of academic learning as a whole.  Student fellows show varying degrees of interest in the meaning of the liberal arts, the promise of the research university, and the study of the intellectual tradition of Catholicism or other religions in both contexts.  All, however, seek to reflect together upon the inter-relation of knowledge across the university.  They pursue the questions that transcend the disciplines, while striving to draw wisdom from each one.  

Student Fellows of the Collegium Institute are granted a number of academic opportunities, including:

  • Special Access to the Institute’s Guest Speakers and Faculty Senior Fellows, which includes invitations each semester to join the speakers’ dinners and private receptions after Collegium Institute events.  Past lecturers have included Michael Lewis, Ann Matter, John Haldane, Christy Wampole, Wilson Goode, Robert Wuthnow, Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Brad Gregory and other leading intellectuals from the United States and abroad.
  • Priority Admission to the Institute’s evening non-credit seminar, Coffee with the Classics, and the gift of the classical texts that accompany it.  Student Fellows are granted the privilege of opting into the seminar without having to submit a separate application.
  • Board Membership in the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn, which includes participation in event plotting and design, strategizing, and the direction and execution of publicity campaigns.
  • Invitation to lead the monthly Fellows’ ColloquiaThese colloquia are monthly luncheons that provide Student Fellows with leadership experience in directing the intellectual community of the Collegium Institute at Penn.  Each month a different fellow, in consultation with the Graduate Service Fellow, will have the option of (a) inviting a guest faculty member to lead a conversation on some topic relevant to the Fellows’ collective interests or (b) personally preparing and leading that conversation, or (c) workshopping some of his or her own writing or a planned research project on a theme likely to engage the other fellows (religion and the university, unity of knowledge, the liberal arts, etc.).

The Fellows Program is open to Penn students of all faiths and of none.

Undergraduates interested in applying should compose a brief essay of 300-500 words on one of the following topics:

(1) Should we have faith in the secular research university?  Explain why or why not according to one or more of the multiple senses of the question.

(2) Synthesize any thinker’s account of the relationship between faith and reason and then articulate your own understanding within the context of your studies at Penn.

(3) Why the liberal arts?

(4) How might the Catholic intellectual tradition fit in here?  Discuss proposals and expectations.

Essays will be reviewed by committee and also may be nominated for one of the $250 essay prizes.

Applications should be sent to Daniel Cheely  at cheelyjm@sas.upenn.edu.  The subject should be labeled as CI Student Fellow Application.  The review process is rolling, but admission is capped, and priority will be given to applications received by Friday, September 5th.

Coffee with the Classics

Collegium Institute Undergraduate Reading Group

Ever wonder whether universities make us better people? Can virtue be taught?  If so, are we obliged to practice it? In what sense are we moral beings?  Is it legitimate to impose morality on others?  How can a society be “free”?  What is Justice and how does that relate to my own happiness?

Ever wish you had a chance to step back and consider the big questions, the ones incredibly smart people have been struggling with for millennia, outside the pressures of grades and papers?  Did you think college would give you a chance to read Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Kant, and Nietzsche altogether, and to develop a sustained, coherent conversation about them?

Coffee with the Classics provides an opportunity to consider some foundational questions about education, morality, and politics in a laid back extracurricular forum. Students will read some of the most influential and provocative texts of the Western tradition and discuss them twice a month with some of Penn’s most exciting professors.  The seminar generally meets every other Wednesday evening for an hour and a half in Houston Hall.  Texts will be provided to admitted applicants free of charge.  Refreshments will be served.

To apply, please write a short letter of 150-250 words explaining why you would like to join our biweekly evening conversation.  Make the subject of the letter “Coffee with the Classics Application” and send it to Daniel Cheely of the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn at cheelyjm@sas.upenn.edu.  The first session is Wednesday, September 17, 7-8:30pm.  Space is limited.  To receive the texts in time, apply soon.  Deadline for Session 1 is September 8th.

 

Breakdown by Session:

I: Plato’s Dialogues and Republic
– Sept 17 (W): Plato’s Republic with Prof. Anne Hall (English)
– Oct 1 (W): Plato’s Laws with Prof. Susan Sauvé Meyer (Philosophy) and Prof. Anne Hall
– Oct 7 (T): Plato’s Apology and Meno with Prof. Hall
II: Cicero on Rhetoric, Politics, and Moral Education
– October 22 (W): Cicero’s De Officiis with Prof. Rita Copeland (Classics and Comparative Literature) and Prof. Hall
III. Aristotle and Aquinas on Ethics
– Nov 5 (W): Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics with Prof. Hall
– Nov 19 (W)**: Aquinas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Ethics with Prof. John Mulhern (Classics, Government) and Prof. Anne Hall
All sessions meet at 7pm in Houston Hall 313 (Morris-Seitz Seminar Room).  Texts will be provided.  Coffee and Refreshments will be Served.
** Nov 19th Special Meeting Time: 6pm.
  

This Friday: Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium and Modern Catholic Social Thought

A Lunch Colloquium at the University of Pennsylvania
When: Friday, May 23rd, 2014; 12 noon – 2pm
Where: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall 218 (3417 Spruce Street)
Featuring:
Dr. Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor at Princeton University.  Dr. Fernandez-Villaverde is also Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Centre For Economic Policy Research.  He is Vice-President of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) and a Senior Fellow of the Collegium Institute.
and
Dr. Matthew O’Brien, Chairman of the Collegium Institute.  Dr. O’Brien completed an A.B. in Philosophy at Princeton University, a Classics Certificate at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.  His articles have appeared in venues such as The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Public Discourse, The British Journal of American Legal Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and as an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has taught as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Villanova University and now works as an equity research analyst for O’Brien Greene & Co., an investment management firm in Media, PA.
Space is limited.  To RSVP, please contact Dan Cheely at
dcheely@collegiuminstitute.org

This Sunday: CI’s Penn Alumni Weekend Reception

When: Sunday, May 18th, 2014; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Where: Houston Hall 223 (Golkin Room): 3417 Spruce Street

The Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will host a breakfast reception immediately following the 9:30 a.m. Penn Alumni Mass at St. Agatha-St. James at Houston Hall in celebration of its first year of activities at Penn. We warmly welcome all alumni, family, and friends to join us. Advance registration is not required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Cheely, cheelyjm@sas.upenn.edu, or visit collegiuminstitute.org 

Perelman Quadrangle Photo by Scott Spitzer, University of Pennsylvania Public Stock Images

Alumni Weekend Reception

When: Sunday, May 18th, 2014; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Where: Houston Hall 223 (Golkin Room): 3417 Spruce Street

The Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will host a breakfast reception immediately following the 9:30 a.m. Penn Alumni Mass at St. Agatha-St. James at Houston Hall in celebration of its first year of activities at Penn. We warmly welcome all alumni, family, and friends to join us. Advance registration is not required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Cheely, cheelyjm@sas.upenn.edu, or visit collegiuminstitute.org 

The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium and Modern Catholic Social Thought

A Lunch Colloquium at the University of Pennsylvania

When: Friday, May 23rd, 2014; 12 noon – 2pm
Where: Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall 218 (3417 Spruce Street)
Featuring:
Dr. Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor at Princeton University.  Dr. Fernandez-Villaverde is also Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Centre For Economic Policy Research.  He is Vice-President of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) and a Senior Fellow of the Collegium Institute.
and
Dr. Matthew O’Brien, Chairman of the Collegium Institute.  Dr. O’Brien completed an A.B. in Philosophy at Princeton University, a Classics Certificate at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.  His articles have appeared in venues such as The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Public Discourse, The British Journal of American Legal Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and as an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has taught as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Villanova University and now works as an equity research analyst for O’Brien Greene & Co., an investment management firm in Media, PA.
Space is limited.  To RSVP, please contact Dan Cheely at
dcheely@collegiuminstitute.org

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

FEATURED SPEAKER

 

  • 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.