Homecoming at Penn

A Day of Celebration and Community

When: Saturday, Nov. 4th, various times

Where: Penn Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St

 

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.

RSVP HERE

Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Feeney (COL 2015): elife@sas.upenn.edu.


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.

The Legacy of the Reformation After 500 Years

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.

 

Please RSVP HERE to reserve your seat for the lecture and luncheon.

Please direct any questions to elife@sas.upenn.edu.

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Renaissance Humanism: Opening 2017-2018 Paideia

When: Friday, Sept 15th at 5pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania

 

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).

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Faith and Reason Reading Group

When: Fridays, 2:00pm

9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, & 10/27

Co-sponsored by the Christian Union

 

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.

Register HERE!

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The Promises and Problems of Technology: Or, Wisdom for Living in a Digital Age

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.

RSVP Here for complementary Dinner and Texts.

All questions can be directed to Elizabeth Feeney at elife@sas.upenn.edu.

NSO Preceptorial~Socrates on College

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: ARCH 108

University of Pennsylvania

 

Preceptorial Leaders:

Dr. Ralph Rosen is the Vartan 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.


Registration is now Open!

Please fill out this form if you would still like to participate in the seminar!


 

St. Augustine’s Confessions

 

When: Monday nights, 9/25–10/23 at 7:00-8:15pm

Where: Regina Angelorum Academy,

105 Argyle Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003

 

Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture presents a 5-session seminar on St. Augustine’s Confessions, co-facilitated by Dr. Paul Camacho and Dr. Ian Clausen, both Arthur J. Ennis Post-doctoral Fellows in the Humanities at Villanova University.

All who wish to explore this great spiritual classic are welcome to attend.  No prior knowledge assumed.  Registration is $30 for the whole series, including the book and course.  Registration for any session allows entrance to all 5 sessions, as well as light refreshments.

St. Augustine’s Confessions
Generously hosted by Regina Angelorum Academy and St. Colman’s Parish

Session 1: Monday 9/25  – Augustine’s Restless Heart: An Introduction to the Confessions

Session 2: Monday 10/2 – Conversion(s)

Session 3: Monday 10/9 – Love and Loss

Session 4: Monday 10/16 – Education and Entertainment

Session 5: Monday 10/23 – Time and Memory

REGISTER TODAY

Please direct any questions to Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Feeney: elife@collegiuminstitute.org.


About the seminar facilitators

Dr. Paul Camacho is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received a joint-PhD from Villanova University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, during which time he completed a dissertation on the relationship between love and freedom in Augustine’s account of moral motivation. Paul is broadly interested in bringing classical, late antique, and medieval accounts of morality and religious devotion into dialogue with modern and post-modern philosophy. He has an on-going research interest in our cultural imagination for love, and the role that it plays in our discussions of morality and religion.

Dr. Ian Clausen is an Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. He received his MTh and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Augustine’s theological ethics as a British Marshall scholar. His research interests include Augustine’s account of love, conscience, and education, which he explores in his forthcoming book Reading Augustine: On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2017). For more information on the book visit www.readingaugustine.com.

 

 

June Magi Lectures

Seeing Reality:

Conversations in Science, Faith, and Philosophy

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.

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 9AM and afternoon lectures at 2PM.

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