A Symposium Co-Organized by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and the Collegium Institute
Cosponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum, the Penn Museum, the Penn Newman Catholic Community, the Green Campus Partnership, and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
When: Thursday & Friday, September 24 – 25 Where: Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia)
Thursday, September 24th; 5:00 p.m.
Lecture by Thomas R. Dunlap (Texas A&M) with response by Justin McDaniel (Chair, Penn Religious Studies). Reception to follow
Friday, September 25th; 12:00 p.m.: Green Faiths? Laudato Si and other Religious Responses to Ecological Pressures Panel featuring Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Bethany Wiggin (Penn), Carolyn Fornoff (Penn), Mark Shiffman (Villanova), Cam Grey (Penn) and Ilana Schachter (Penn). Moderated by Mary Summers (Penn). Lunch will be served.
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A Special Presentation and Panel Discussion on the Nature of the Family in the Age of Scientific Control
When: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119 A/B
Fabrice Hadjadj, 44, is a French philosopher and prolific author. A former atheist and anarchist, he entered the Catholic faith in 1998. Widely recognized as one of Europe’s rising Christian scholars, Hadjadj’s book Réussir sa mort: Anti- méthode pour vivre, won the French Grand Prix Catholique de Littérature in 2006. Currently Hadjadj teaches philosophy and directs the Philanthropos European Institute for Anthropological Studies in Fribourg, Switzerland. Married to the actress Siffreine Michel, Hadjadj and his wife have four daughters and two sons. In 2014, Pope Francis named Hadjadj as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Anna Bonta Moreland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University and currently the Myser Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. Her areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She is the author of Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010). She also edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012). She resides in Bryn Mawr, PA, with her husband and four children.
Cardinal Ludwig Gerhard Müller was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Mainz, Germany, in 1978. He became chair of dogmatic theology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1986 and is currently an honorary professor there. In 2002, Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Regensburg. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2012, and he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis in February 2014.
Mary Beth Yount is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Theological Studies at Neumann University and Director of Programming for the World Meeting of Families. Her specialization includes a focus on ethics, the theology of the family, parenting, and education. She has authored many book and article contributions, including: the meaning of the family in society (Liguori, 2015), living out mission (Saint Paul University, 2014), and the significance of dating (Wiley- Blackwell, 2011). She resides with her husband and four children in Aston, PA.
This event is free and open to the public. No World Meeting of Families Registration Required. Kindly RSVP to Katie Becker: email@example.com to reserve a seat.
This event is made possible through the support of: The Bruderhof Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Humanities, Villanova University Office of the President, Neumann University The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae/ Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University
Thursday, September 17: What is the Meaning of the World Meeting of Families? A Discussion on Love, Vocation, and Human Fulfillment featuring Dr. Christopher Roberts, who is the principal author of the World Meeting of Families Catechism, and other panelists. For further details and information on registration, click here.
Tuesday, September 22: The Family as Holy Anarchy. Special event at the Philadelphia Convention Center immediately preceding the World Meeting of Families. Dr. Mary Beth Yount, an assistant professor of theology at Neumann University, will MC. Dr. Fabrice Hadjadj, the French Catholic philosopher, author and convert from Judaism, will deliver the main comments on family-related issues, and Cardinal Mueller of the CDF and Dr. Anna Moreland of Villanova will offer brief responses. To register, please contact Katie Becker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday & Friday, September 24-25: Religious Faith & Environmentalism Symposium
o Thursday, Sept. 24, 5pm: Religious Faith & Environmentalism. Lecture by Thomas R. Dunlap (Texas A&M) with response by Justin McDaniel (Chair, Penn Religious Studies). Reception to follow.
o Friday, Sept. 25, 11:30am:Green Faiths? Laudato Si and other Religious Responses to Ecological Pressures. Panel featuring Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Bethany Wiggin (Penn), Carolyn Fornoff (Penn), Mark Shiffman (Villanova), Cam Grey (Penn) and Ilana Schachter (Penn). Moderated by Mary Summers (Penn). Luncheon.
A Collegium-Newman Discussion on Love, Vocation, Friendship, and Human Fulfillment
When: Thursday, September 17th, 2015; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Upper Lounge, Newman Center (3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
Can’t make it with the thousands of others across the globe for the World Meeting of Families Congress at the Philadelphia Convention Center? Please join us for this special presentation at Penn.
Dr. Christopher Roberts: Theologian. Dr. Roberts is the primary editor and writer for the World Meeting of Families Catechism, Love is our Mission: the Family Fully Alive. His previous book was Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage (2008). For several years he was a television journalist at PBS, including time as a reporter for the program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Dr. Roberts completed his Ph.D. in theology at Kings College, University of London. He taught at Villanova University, and is currently studying for the permanent diaconate at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Chris and his wife Hannah recently welcomed their fourth child.
Ms. Caitlin La Ruffa: Director of the Love and Fidelity Network. Caitlin is a frequent speaker, commentator and writer on marriage and sexual integrity. She has been featured in The New York Times, WORLD Magazine, the National Catholic Register, National Review Online, and the Christian Broadcast Network. She has been published in The Public Discourse, Mercatornet, AltCatholicah, and Verily Magazine. Prior to joining LFN, Ms. La Ruffa graduated from Princeton University, worked at Bain & Company in New York, and began her career in the International Programs division of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Mr. Ron Belgau: Cofounder of Spiritual Friendship, an increasingly popular group blog dedicated to exploring authentic Christian teaching on friendship, especially in the context of homosexuality. He is in the PhD program in philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches Ethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of the Human Person. He has served on the steering committees for Bridges Across the Divide and the Seattle Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministry, as a group leader for Multifaith AIDS Projects, and as leader of the Gay Christian Network’s celibacy support forum. For more than a decade, he has travelled around North America speaking about Christian teaching and homosexuality. Many of his essays and speeches are available at CityofGod.net. He also blogs at First Things and Spiritual Friendship.
This special Newman Night event will take place immediately following Newman’s Thursday Night Dinner. To be sure that we have adequate seating, it would be helpful if you claim a space in advance with Katie Becker: email@example.com
All are invited to participate in the Collegium Institute’s summer Plato reading group at the University of Pennsylvania. This year we are reading The Republic. We will read one book per week through June and July and meet to discuss each reading in an informal setting. The group will meet on Mondays at 6:30 pm, beginning on June 1st. The location will be determined shortly. Participants should read Book I before the first meeting.
The reading group is organized by Donald Antenen, the summer fellow at the Collegium Institute. If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015; 12 Noon | LUNCH WILL BE SERVED
Where: Class of ’49 Auditorium (Houston Hall 230)
“What are you going to do with that?” This perennial question about the utility of a liberal arts education is one posed not only by anxious parents, but now also by students themselves, as well as state legislatures and even university administrations. One reliable answer is that the liberal arts cultivate a sharp, critical mind, which actually offers students a competitive advantage in a dynamic marketplace. But are there other answers that do not reduce an education to its economic value? In this Humanities Forum, Professor Peter Struck and Professor Anna Bonta Moreland will reconsider the relationship between the liberal arts and one’s life thereafter.
Peter Struck is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of their Texts (Princeton, 2004),explores how ancient readers found in Homer’s epic poems extraordinary insights — about the gods, the cosmos, and the place of human beings within it. It won the American Philological Association’s C.J. Goodwin Award for outstanding book in classical studies. He is the Director of Penn’s Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program, a Faculty Advisor of the Penn Humanities Forum, and the founder and co-director of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.
Anna Bonta Moreland is Associate Professor of Humanities at Villanova University. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between faith and reason, the theology of religious pluralism, Christian scholasticism and Islamic theology. She has written Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010) and edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder and Herder, 2012). To conclude her next book project on Prophecy in Christianity and Islam, she was awarded a fellowship for the next academic year at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.
Registration for this luncheon lecture is requested. To RSVP, please click here.
A Three-Part Intensive Series (March 24th – April 7th – April 21st).
When: The seminar meets every other Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Houston Hall 223, Golkin Room (3417 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania)
The Catholic Tradition has a long history of bioethical reasoning and decision making concerning end of life issues. Yet, what ought to be done in specific cases is still challenging for clinicians as well as for patients and their families. These seminars will analyze contemporary real world cases in light of Catholic Bioethics. The goals of each seminar include: 1) furthering participants understanding of the philosophical foundations of the Tradition; 2) enhancing understanding of specific teachings regarding end of life care; and 3) developing skills of practical clinical ethics decision making. These are interactive seminars designed to present material in an engaging format for active learning.
No Advanced Reading or Preparation Required! Those who attend all three sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Session I:What is the End of Life: Ethical Decisions Surrounding Brain Death The Cases of Jaci McGrath and Malise Munoz
What qualifies as brain death? Who decides? What is the Church’s view on the moral status of brain death and what do we owe the unconscious and the dead? What do we owe to fetuses in the context of a brain dead mother.
Session II:Choosing Well at the End of Life: Ethical Decisions Regarding Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment by Self and Others The Cases of Nancy Cruzan, Christopher Reeves, and Tim Bowers
When is it permissible to forego life-sustaining treatment? Is there a moral distinction between withholding and withdrawing end of life care? What are the unique ethical challenges regarding withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH)? Can advanced directives and living wills ever be ignored ethically and if so in what contexts?
Session III: Securing Dignity at the End of Life: Decision Making and Hastening Death The Cases of Theresa Ann Campo Pearson and Brittany Maynard
What is the meaning of “dignity” when we say “Death with Dignity?” Can we ever hasten or cause dying to prevent suffering or to help others? What is the duty of the physician when adequate pain management entails hastening death? Do we have the right to die and if so what does it mean? Is there inherent value in suffering? What if the good to be achieved by death seems so much greater than continued life? What is the ethically appropriate role of the treating physician in these cases?
SEMINAR CO-LED BY:
Sarah-Vaughan Brakman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Professor Brakman’s scholarship focuses on clinical bioethics and has been published in, among other places, The Hastings Center Report, The American Journal of Bioethics, Human Reproduction, Hypatia, and Philosophy in the Contemporary World. Professor Brakman is co-editor of the book, The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition (Springer, 2007) and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of the ethics of embryo donation, serving as such for the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to her work on numerous ethics committees throughout the Philadelphia area, Professor Brakman is the Ethics Consultant and Chair of the National Ethics Committee of Devereux, the largest non-profit provider of behavioral and mental healthcare across the United States, where she also serves as a voting member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Kristen Carey Rock is an Assistant Professor in Anesthesia and Critical Care, and a practicing anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has written articles on bioethics in the Penn Bioethics Journal and The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition: Moral Arguments, Economic Reality, Social Analysis (Springer, 2008).
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 12 Noon | Lunch will be served Where: Ben Franklin Room (Houston 218)
How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices, and beliefs to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
In this luncheon lecture, Dr. Wilken will be speaking about the book that was ten years in the making.
Robert Louis Wilken is an Emeritus William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia and a Distinguished Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Wilken is a highly distinguished scholar of early Christianity, and author of numerous books, including The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (Yale, 2012), The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God (Yale, 2005), The Christians as the Romans Saw Them (Yale, 2003), and Remembering the Christian Past (Eerdmans, 1995).