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?
Please join Collegium for the inaugural luncheon seminar:
To what extent should clinicians be concerned with
both body and spirit?
Dr. Brian Wojciechowski
President, Catholic Medical Association of Philadelphia
with Composer and Professor of Music James Primosch
co-sponsored by the Penn Department of Music
When: Monday, January 23rd at 5:30pm
Where: Lerner Center, Room 101
201 South 34th Street
Penn faculty composer James Primosch presents a lecture/recital on his vocal music, featuring live performances by soprano Mary Mackenzie and pianist Eric Sedgwick.
In Primosch's work, idioms from 20th/21st century traditions intersect with materials gleaned from his work as a liturgical musician. While some of the songs provide fresh settings for old liturgical melodies and texts, others set contemporary poetry with newly devised music. The result is concert music that also fulfills a pastoral function, serving as a space for contemplation, and an act of praise.
James Primosch studied composition at Cleveland State University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and multiple awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his music has been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and soprano Dawn Upshaw, among many other ensembles and soloists. 20 of his compositions have been released on compact disc. He has served on the Penn faculty since 1988.
Cosponsor: Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society
Join Collegium Institute and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) as we mark the release of the new PRRUCS Report on Catholic Nonprofits in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker, Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, will reflect on the mission and significance of religious non-profits in history, and on their evolving place in civil society in the present. The panel of scholars and non-profit leaders, moderated by Professor Ram Cnaan of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, will then consider more specifically the contours of the “halo effect” that Catholic institutions in particular are supposed to be generating in Philadelphia today.
Keynote speaker: Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Moderator: Dr. Ram Cnaan, Program Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research
~Joseph P. Tierney, Executive Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program
~Lorraine M. Knight, Executive Director, Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
~A. Robert Jaeger, President, Partners for Sacred Places
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. He was appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997, and later appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011.
During his ministry, he has assisted in the founding of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, an affiliate of the Pontifical Lateran University, as well as Centro San Juan Diego in Colorado, the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), and ENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to “Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women.” He was also instrumental in creating the Denver-based Augustine Institute, an independent, lay-run graduate school for the formation of lay Catholic leaders, catechists, and evangelizers. Archbishop Chaput has served on various national and international committees for advancing religious freedom, in addition to serving as a board member for various Catholic educational institutions. For the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Archbishop Chaput is currently Chair of the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics, and a member and consultant for several other committees.
In addition to numerous talks, pastoral letter, and articles, he has authored two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008).
Dr. Ram A. Cnaan is a Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He is also the founder and Faculty Director the Goldring Reentry Initiative which works to reduce recidivism. Professor Cnaan received his doctorate degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.W. and M.S.W. (both cum laude) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Professor Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues (mainly faith-based organizations, volunteerism, social policy, and development) and serves on the editorial boards of 11 academic journals, as well as authored or edited several academic books.
Professor Cnaan is considered an international expert in the areas of faith-based social care, volunteering, prisoners’ reentry, and social policy. He lectures widely and teaches regularly in four countries.
Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society
The PRRUCS mission is to translate Benjamin Franklin’s timeless yet timely nonsectarian civic vision for Penn and for American democracy itself—a nonsectarian civic vision that models both robust respect for religious pluralism and a bedrock belief that sacred places, both on their own and via public-private partnerships, can and should serve secular purposes unto “the common good”—into a 21st century, university-anchored agenda of fact-based research on urban and other faith-based organizations; survey research on religion and democratic values in America; arts and sciences teaching relevant to religion; service-learning initiatives; and special events and projects that advance knowledge and promote mutual understanding concerning contemporary America’s most complex and contentious church-state issues.
Please join Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Catholic Community for this historic inaugural lecture, the first part of an annual series that marks the legacy of the University of Pennsylvania as the site of the first Newman Club in America.
Dr. Don Briel is the founder, and was for 20 years director, of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which was the first such Center of its kind. He has since led efforts to develop similar programs at both Catholic and secular research universities across the country. At the University of St. Thomas he also held the Koch Chair of Catholic Studies and was the first non-clergyman to hold the Chair of the Theology Department. He served for a time as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He now holds the Blessed John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary.
Should our society be just or merciful? Should we forgive debts, pardon criminals, and offer private charity to the poor? Today, we often pit the two against each other, and question whether mercy is a virtue: we fear that mercy undercuts justice, which we understand in terms of rights and equal, impartial treatment. But mercy was long understood as a virtue that complements justice rather than contradicting it. This fall, Collegium Institute invites faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, and other area universities to take part in a reading group spanning the history of justice and mercy, exploring the tension between the two and the values of justice and mercy in today’s world.
Our five-session survey may include:
1): The Ancient World: Selections from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Rhetoric and Seneca, De Clementia (On Mercy)
2): Christianity: Selections from Augustine’s City of God and Political Writings (Letters) and Aquinas’s Summa Theologica
3) The Renaissance: Dante’s Inferno (very brief selections) and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
4) The Enlightenment: Beccaria’s On Crime and Punishment and Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals (selections from book 6)
5) The Modern Era: C.S. Lewis’s The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment, Melville’s Billy Budd, Samuel Beckett, “Dante & the Lobster”
For more information or to participate, contact program coordinator Elizabeth Feeney: email@example.com
Conflict and animosity seem to have reached unprecedented levels in the current election season. The most disturbing aspect of this phenomenon, however, may not be its shocking proportions, but on the contrary, its increasing inability to shock us. We are no longer surprised. Verbal attacks, corruption, negative integration: these “scandals” now seem routine, if not banal. Behind any compromise or agreement, we tend to assume not so much goodwill as an affinity of interests. Is it sensible to be so jaded? What is the end of politics anyway? How much or what kind of unity is necessary in a pluralistic society to be able to pursue a truly common good? Is there hope for politics, or is that just another self-serving slogan?
This September, the Coffee with the Classics seminar will join students together with faculty facilitators in community to explore these timely yet perennial questions by sifting salient, classical responses to them. We will consider brief selections from the great conversation of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Marx, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Winthrop, and Aquinas, none of whom were of one mind, and discuss them over dinner freely, uncompelled by requirements or grades, for our own sakes and, perhaps, for the sake of the polis.
To join this four-part weekly dinner series in September, directed by the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn, please fill up thisform with your contact information and a brief letter of interest (50-250 wds).
Admitted students will receive all dinners free of charge.