Collegium and Harrison College House welcome students to this weekly dinner discussion exploring music and the role it plays–or should play–in our lives. This series is directed by Professor Naomi Waltham-Smith of the Music Department. Join our relaxed community of committed students and professors each week for this musical exploration.
Food for Thought invites students to explore perennial questions with the aid of good food and powerful texts (or music) but without the pressure of grades or papers.
Free Texts and Dinner are provided for registered participants.
Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to contemporary urban sound ecologies, and from post-Kantian European thought to Kafka and casinos.
“To Be Deep in History:” Newman on the Gift of Tradition
On Thurs, Feb. 8th, Collegium Institute and Penn Newman Community were honored to welcome Prof. Thomas Pfau (Duke) to present our 2nd Annual John Henry Newman Lecture. A recording of his lecture may be found below:
Collegium joins the Veritas Forum of the University of Pennsylvania to welcome Dr. Rosalind Picard (MIT)to the 2018 Vertias Forum, in conversation with UPenn’s “Year of Innovation.” Dr. Picard’s lecture will address what it means to be human in light of advancing technologies, such as those researched in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, of which Dr. Picard is the founder and director. Dr. Michael Platt (Penn) will offer a response following the lecture.
Co-sponsored by the Penn Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society and the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy
Of the three dominant ideologies of the 20th century–fascism, communism, and liberalism–only the last remains. Could liberalism’s triumph be its own undoing? Collegium Institute welcomes Prof. Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, to Penn to discuss his new book on the roots of the American political project and its contemporary upheaval.
Response by Prof. Samuel Freeman, Avalon Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Law (Penn)
Patrick J. Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency. From 1997-2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University. From 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012. He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and has delivered invited lectures around the country and several foreign nations.
Deneen was awarded the A.P.S.A.’s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 1995, and an honorable mention for the A.P.S.A.’s Best First Book Award in 2000. He has been awarded research fellowships from Princeton University and the Earhart Foundation.
His teaching and writing interests focus on the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics.
Samuel Freeman teaches courses on social and political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of law at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written books on Justice and the Social Contract and on the political philosophy of John Rawls. His collection of papers, entitled Liberalism and Distributive Justice, is to appear in Spring 2018. Freeman edited the Cambridge Companion to Rawls (2002), as well as John Rawls’s Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (2007) and his Collected Papers (1999). He is currently working on a manuscript on liberalism.
Collegium Institute welcomes keynote speaker, Dr. Remi Brague, Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the University of Paris, to the University of Pennsylvania to defend the legitimacy of humanity in spite of the challenges of the Anthropocene. This luncheon program will include a lecture by Dr. Brague, followed by comments and a short Q & A.
Tertullian’s famous question, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” was rhetorical: Tertullian blamed Greek philosophy for leading Christians away from the truth. In this seminar, we will take up this question again, pursuing it in light of its many levels of meaning. We will explore the relations between philosophy and Scripture, the natural intellect and matters of faith, in order to discern models for the Christian intellectual life.
On Nov. 30th, 2017, the Magi Project welcomed Prof. Kenneth Miller (Brown) for their Fall Lecture. Prof. Miller spoke regarding the relationship between faith and science, with particular regard to evolution. Hear his reflections in the video below.
Not since the 1960’s has there been so much speech about speech on college campuses. Such conflicts challenge us to reflect upon issues fundamental to the university itself, including the purpose of education, the freedom of inquiry, the power of language, and the moral boundaries of community. Join us on our quest to make sense of what’s at stake and to grapple together toward a way forward, building upon the centuries-long debate among Plato, John Stuart Mill, Judith Butler, George Orwell, and others in a relaxed community of committed—if not necessarily like-minded—students.
Food for Thought invites undergraduate students of the University of Pennsylvania to explore perennial questions with the aid of good food and powerful texts but without the pressure of grades or papers.
Free Texts and Dinner are provided for registered participants.
On November 30th, 2017, The Magi Project welcomed Prof. Ken Miller (Brown) to Penn for a lecture on God, Darwin, and the Cosmos: Is Faith Still Relevant in a Scientific World? He spoke on the relationship evolution and faith have in popular perception, as well as the ways in which they could be compatible. The full recording of his lecture can be heard below:
This lecture will explore J. H. Newman’s understanding of tradition and its relevance for humanistic and theological inquiry today. Newman is the first to contest the Enlightenment’s critique of tradition as backward, static, and as inherently prejudicial to social, political, and intellectual progress. Moving beyond the prevailing cultural and intellectual movements of the Romantic era – those of historicism and sentimentalism – Newman’s 1845 Idea of Development of Christian Doctrine outlines an understanding of tradition that proved remarkably prescient of developments in twentieth-century philosophical theology and scriptural hermeneutics. Above all, Newman shows that the many voices that comprise a tradition amount to a gift of sorts. We honor it by receiving it, not as a possession but as a temporary trust, a palimpsest of voices inviting us to interact with them and, in so doing, discover and cultivate our own voice and reason.
Join the Collegium Institute and the Penn Newman Center for this annual lecture marking the legacy of the University of Pennsylvania as the first Newman club in the United States.