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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
an Open Conversation about both Illness and Wellness
A How to Heal luncheon
When: Thurs, April 20, 1-2:00pm
Where: Jordan Medical Education Bldg, 503
This month, guest speakersDr. Phil Gehrman, (Penn Sleep Center) and Dr. Richard Summers (Co-Director of Residency Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UPenn) come together to share how their ultimate sense of life and of human flourishing influences how they understand and treat depression.
This series in Medical Humanities is a monthly luncheon seminar that invites students across the healthcare community to engage with veteran practitioners and faculty on concrete, clinical issues that prompt more fundamental questions: what does it mean to heal? how does one measure wellness? how do doctors and nurses determine when their responsibility for making someone well is complete? How is the flourishing of patient and caregiver related — or not?
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.
Sir Roger Scruton
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: email@example.com.
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.
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 new series in Medical Humanities is a monthly luncheon seminar that invites students across the healthcare community to engage with veteran practitioners and faculty on concrete, clinical issues that prompt more fundamental questions: what does it mean to heal? how does one measure wellness? how do doctors and nurses determine when their responsibility for making someone well is complete? How is the flourishing of patient and caregiver related — or not?
Caring at the End of Life
Dr. Kristen Carey-Rock
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
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).
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 Gillespie—will 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.
You can learn a lot of theology from a short story.
Join Collegium and the Newman Catholic Community this February for three late dinners/informal seminars before the late Sunday Mass.
Together we will read and discuss short stories that every Catholic should encounter, featuring authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Madeleine L’Engle, Graham Greene, Georges Bernanos, G.K. Chesterton, and Andre Dubus.
Catholic faith opens our imagination and expands our vision of the world. Ordinary flesh and blood becomes pregnant with spiritual possibility. What do Catholics believe about nature and creation, sacrifice and fulfillment, morality and community, love and redemption? And what can we learn about who we really are, and how we are to live? The Spirit can move in literature, revealing itself in a glance between two characters, in the way a person moves or speaks, in the way that the light falls. And a great author can capture it all in a short story…
Come read some stories with the Collegium Institute’s resident theologian,
Dr. Christopher Roberts
February 12, 19, and 26 in the Newman Center seminar room at 7:30. Concludes before 9pm Mass. Cost is $20 for the 3-part series. Registration includes Pizza, Texts, and Professor. To register CLICK HERE.
Limited to 20 students. Interested students may join the wait list by contacting Elizabeth Feeney ~ firstname.lastname@example.org. No prior knowledge or experience required for this beginner’s seminar, open to undergraduate students from all schools and levels.