Collegium and the Church of Sts. Agatha and James welcome all to a joyful, ecumenical choral service celebrating Christmas with the Penn community. Join fellow students, professors, and performing arts groups for an evening of Lessons & Carols. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.
What would the ideal world look like? What role would technology play in that ideal world? We will search for the answers to these questions and more through the world of science fiction and short stories. Together with a faculty moderator, we will explore imaginary worlds of film and literature to better understand the goals and desires of our own.
Food for Thought is a seminar for engaging foundational questions without the stress of grades or papers. This informal seminar forum setting provides an opportunity to read and discuss some of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the ancient and modern Western Tradition.
Join Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Center for a keynote lecture by returning Collegium Faculty Fellow, Prof. Clemens Cavallin on expressions of religion in modern society. Dr. Cavallin will explore these modern expressions of ritual practice and show us what religious significance of contemporary cultural phenomena, including mainstream yoga and Catholic apocalyptic novels.
Dr. Clemens Cavallin is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of Department for Internationalization at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is Visiting Instructor of Religion & STINT Fellow in the Department of Religion at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, during the fall semester 2013. Dr. Cavallin’s research interests are broad and include Hinduism, Ritual theory and Catholic Studies. His thesis The Efficacy of Sacrifice (2002) was within the first field, more precisely focusing on Vedic sacrifices, while his second book, Ritualization and Human Interiority (2013) is within the second field of ritual theory. He most recent work, On the Edge of Infinity, to be published this year, is a biography on Canadian Catholic artist and novelist, Michael D. O’Brien.
Currently, he is directing the research project Religion on Campus: A Study of Views on Religion at Two Indian Universities together with professor Åke Sander. The focus is on the relation between Indian forms of secularity and the academic study of religion. In 2017, he will begin to work on a new research project called Christian Yoga which will investigate Christian responses to the popular modern forms of yoga.
Collegium Institute and Penn Newman cordially welcome Penn Alumni and families to our Homecoming celebrations on Saturday, November 4th with opportunities to discover anew the Catholic and scholarly community at Penn, both past and present.
Alumni Open House: 10 am
Start your day with a Meet & Greet of Penn Quakers and families over a light breakfast.
Vigil Mass: 5:30 pm | with a Wine + Cheese Reception following at 6:30 pm
Penn students invite alumni to join them for a Sunday Vigil mass at St. Agatha-St. James at 5:30, featuring the Newman student choir, followed by a Wine & Cheese reception with current students and Collegium’s new Theologian-in-Residence.
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture
Founded by faculty, alumni, students, and friends of Penn, the Collegium Institute is an independent organization that seeks to enrich academic culture by sharing the intellectual fruits of the Catholic tradition with a mainstream audience, both secular and religious, and by supporting scholarship, teaching, and learning that engages across the disciplines.
The institute’s name, collegium, serves as a reminder that the pursuit of knowledge, which is the principal object of all universities, is a communal enterprise. Its flourishing depends upon its members working together to cultivate certain virtues of mind and character, such as humility, trust, honesty, justice, and the love of truth. By witnessing to these enduring virtues, the Collegium Institute aims to serve contemporary academia and become a vibrant center of learning within it.
Penn Newman Catholic Community
Our mission is to support, challenge, inspire and empower students, faculty and staff to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ on campus. We prepare Catholic leaders for service to the Church and world.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 12pm-1pm, with lunch reception to follow
Where: Wolf Auditorium, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Co-sponsored by the Wolf Humanities Center, the Program for Research on Religion in Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), Global Medieval Studies, the Department of History, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Collegium Institute presents a keynote lecture by Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and author of the recent monograph, Reformations (Yale, 2016). Professor Eire’s lecture will be followed by a comment from Professor Margo Todd, Walter H Annenberg Professor of History at Penn, and conclude with a luncheon reception.
PleaseRSVP HERE to reserve your seat for the lecture and luncheon.
Paideia Seminar returns for AY 2017-2018 for an intercollegiate discussion on “What does it mean to be a Humanist?” We open this discussion with Renaissance Humanism, looking at the work of Francesco Petrarch under the direction of Prof. Eva Del Soldato (UPenn).
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Protestant faculty will co-lead a community of Christian students through central texts of the Reformers and trace the evolution of their ideas through centuries of Christian tradition. This fall module will convene on Friday afternoons for 6 sessions beginning Sept 22.
When: Wednesdays, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, & 10/18, at 5:45pm
Where: Harrison College House
Digital and mechanical technologies have become indispensable in nearly every aspect of our lives so much so that we rarely think critically about the roles they should fill in social as well as individual existence. This semester FFT presents a module that challenges our everyday indifference to things technological. Join us as we explore the uses and abuses of technology and consider what a human-centered use of technology might really look like.
Food for Thought is a seminar for engaging foundational questions without the stress of grades or papers. This informal seminar forum setting provides an opportunity to read and discuss some of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the ancient and modern Western Tradition. Students and a faculty guide will read and discuss brief but momentous texts over dinner and relaxed conversations.
Faculty and religious leaders confront the relationship between faith and ambition at Penn, addressing the definitions of success and encounters with failure, and differences from the secular approaches to both. They will reflect on their experiences of faith within Penn’s culture of achievement and the intersection of faith and ambition more broadly.
Patricia Anton: Chaplain of the Penn Muslim Students Association
Deven M. Patel: Assoc. Prof. of South Asia Studies and Religious Studies at UPenn
Marisa Cristina March: Cosmologist at UPenn and Faculty Fellow at the Collegium Institute
Rabbi Micah Shapiro: Rabbinic Fellow for Innovation at Penn Hillel
Dr. Michael Baime: Founder and Director of the Penn Mindfulness Program
Dr. Ralph Rosen is theVartan Gregorian Professor of Humanities and outgoing Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Classical Studies. His teaching and research interest lie in the fields of Greek literature and intellectual history, ancient comic and satirical poetic genres, and ancient medicine. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature).Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, in Riepe College House.
Dr. Daniel Cheely is a historian of the Renaissance and Reformation. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Before beginning doctoral studies at Penn, he joined Teach For America in Chicago, where he taught eighth grade for R.S. Abbott School, chaired the social science division and partnered it with local universities through the Chicago History Project, and was awarded his school’s teacher-of-the-year distinction. He is now, while serving as Executive Director of the Collegium Institute, also a Resident Senior Fellow of the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Lecturer in Penn’s History Department.
Collegium is happy to partner with Preceptorials at the University of Pennsylvania during New Student Orientation 2016. To incoming freshmen we say welcome to Penn! Now that you’re here, what exactly is the College supposed to be helping you to accomplish over the next four years? If you’re after “an education”, how do you go about actually getting one? Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: how might he respond to these questions? 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.
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