This lecture was given on November 5, 2015 by Dr. Jon D. Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, as the grand finale to the Sacred Writings Exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The event was presented in partnership with the Museum.
On November 13, 2015, Collegium co-sponsored a panel with The Veritas Forum on surviving, thriving, and rediscovering the meaning of learning. Featuring Francis Su, the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.
Dr. Philip A. Cunningham delivered these opening remarks for a panel on Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s seminal 1965 declaration on the relationship of the Church to other faiths. The speech and subsequent discussion took place on October 15, 2015, two weeks after the historic visit of Pope Francis and two weeks before the visit of the Dalai Lama.
The Collegium Institute welcomed Dr. Peter Wicks, a Catherine of Siena Fellow in the Ethics Program of Villanova University, as the speaker for its Second Annual Elizabeth Anscombe Lecture in Ethics on March 4, 2015.
Peter Wicks was born in London and educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. His doctoral dissertation interrogated the role of language in the formation of moral judgment. He is currently working on a book on Princeton Philosopher Peter Singer and the appeal of utilitarian ethics.
On February 5, 2014, Dr. Peter Dodson collaborated with the Collegium Institute to share his reflections on theology and science.
Dr. Peter Dodson is Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of The Dinosauria, a definitive scholarly resource, and the author or co-author of more than one hundred academic papers and books, including The Horned Dinosaurs (Princeton, 1996). A research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Religion and Science, Dodson has taught a broad range of course in geology, history, history and sociology of science, and religious studies for more than three decades at Penn. In 2011 he received a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
On November 14, 2013, the Collegium Institute hosted an afternoon panel discussion on capitalism, solidarity, and modern Catholic social thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Our featured speaker was Dr. Maciej Zieba, OP, a former activist in Poland’s Solidarity movement, a close associate of Karol Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II) and the author of the new book “Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism.” Our respondent was Dr. Mary Hirschfeld, economist and theologian at Villanova University. This event was cosponsored by Penn’s Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).