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.
The “household names” of the contemporary academy are often cited, but only occasionally read. The Collegium Institute invites graduate students to consider the work of these influential intellectuals under the auspices of its newest reading group: Theory and Theology. Designed for those with limited or no prior experience reading the authors, the group will examine one important text each month, sometimes in conjunction with a Christian text. Meetings, convened at lunchtime on the first Monday of the month, are set to discuss the following: Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Affect Theory, and Antonio Gramsci.
Space is limited, so please contact Katie Becker at email@example.com by to reserve your place.
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.
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.
Prof. Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, visits Penn to discuss his new book on the roots of the American political project and its contemporary upheaval.
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.
Collegium undergraduate fellows serve on the executive committee of the Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn. In that capacity, fellows help design Collegium undergraduate programming, committing to a minimum of two programming meetings per year. Depending upon the fellows’ own particular interests, they might help design Food For Thought, the Paideia Seminar, the Faith & Reason seminar, as well as special events and new programs like Friday Underground Coffees and Faculty Table Talks.
More broadly, the fellows form an intellectual community at Penn committed to exploring the past, present, and future of academic learning as a whole. Student fellows show varying degrees of interest in the meaning of the liberal arts, the promise of the research university, and the study of the intellectual tradition of Catholicism or other religions in both contexts. All, however, seek to reflect together upon the inter-relation of knowledge across the university. They pursue the questions that transcend the disciplines, while striving to draw wisdom from each other in the process.
To apply for an undergraduate fellowship, please submit a Statement of Interest in Collegium (150-300 words). Your statement might relate to specific CI programs or more general questions, including but not limited to:
– the relationship between the liberal arts and cutting-edge knowledge
– the relationship between faith and reason
– the search for a meaningful humanism today
Please note, the Fellows Program is open to Penn students of all faiths and of none.
The review committee will continue to process applications until all spots are filled. Please direct all documents and questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Prof. Carlos Eire (Yale) returned to Penn to provide a reflection on the lasting legacy of the Reformation. Listen below to hear some of his thoughts on the Reformation, its influence, and its commemoration through history.
Stay tuned for a video of the lecture and a personal interview with Prof. Eire about his recent book, Reformations (2016).
Where: Stiteler Hall Rm. B6, 208 South 37th Street
Cosponsored by: Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science (PLUS), Penn Forum for Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Affairs, and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS). Funding by the John Templeton Foundation.
Modern science has its roots in western religious thought and owes some of its greatest discoveries to scientists who themselves were people of faith. Nonetheless, on one issue after another, from evolution to the “big bang” to the age of the Earth itself, religion seems to be at loggerheads with scientific thought. Perhaps, as some suggest, we are approaching the end of faith. Is this conflict inevitable, or is there a way science can be understood and supported in a religious context?
Join The Magi Project as they welcome Prof. Kenneth Miller (Brown) for this keynote lecture approaching questions of conflict between religion and science through the contentious issue of biological evolution.
Collegium and the Church of Sts. Agatha and James welcome all to a joyful, ecumenical choral service celebrating Christmas with the Penn community. Join fellow students, professors, and performing arts groups for an evening of Lessons & Carols. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.