Alberto Amaral is an undergraduate studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He transferred to Penn after attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, for two years. During his gap year, he witnessed first-hand the polarized nature of contemporary political discourse as well as the disastrous effects of some (well-intentioned) government policies. Through the Collegium Institute, he hopes to broaden his knowledge of the humanities and find ways to encourage philosophical conversations among undergraduates. After college, he plans on working in the management consulting field before attending law school.
Donald Antenen studied Classical Languages and Literature (Greek, Hebrew, and Latin). He was the education chair of the Classics Undergraduate Advisory Board, as well as a member of the fiction committee of the Kelly Writers House and as a whip in the Penn Political Union. His summer research about Plato was featured on Penn News Today, and he wrote an honors thesis on the same subject. His plan of study at Penn has been primarily philological, including a year of taking three languages at once. His future plans include a career in teaching the liberal arts at the secondary level and reading more philosophy from the Common Era, particularly Machiavelli. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Philippe Becker is a senior undergraduate majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, but is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. As a fellow, Philippe hopes that the road of truth, virtue, and holiness will be illuminated by immersion in the classics and the Catholic school of thought. He is also looking forward to engaging with like-minded individuals that will foster an enlightening environment, to get to the heart of humanities. Outside of the sphere of academics, he enjoys the power of song, the peace of writing, and the fullness of reading. One day, he hopes to return to Venezuela and leave a positive mark for his country.
Anneka DeCaro is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Visual Studies. She is researching how instilled ideas combined with visual stimuli, albeit from an online ad or a basilica mosaic, shape human behavior. Coordinating interfaith service projects through iBelieve and attending various dialogues on campus, such as Abraham’s Tent, inspire her to continue exploring religious rhetoric. Her work seeks to depict cultural dialect through visual and literary outlets.
James Fangmeyer studied statistics in the Wharton School. He hopes to use probability models and machine learning to infer and predict interactions between church and business. As a Fox Leadership Research Fellow James contributed to social science studies of American Catholicism at Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. At the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion annual conference he presented findings on the civic and religious outcomes of religious volunteer service. The CI Student Fellowship is James’ way of integrating his personal experiences of spiritual and intellectual formation.
Matthew Hammond is a junior undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania studying biochemistry and history. He is also a member of the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences and is working towards his master’s degree in chemistry. He is currently researching the genetic component of addiction and mental illness in Dr. Wade Berrettini’s lab, and is also active in the Penn Newman Catholic Community. He is a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School, a Xaverian-sponsored Catholic school for boys. It is there that he first developed his interest in the Catholic intellectual tradition which he hopes to further pursue with the Collegium Institute. After Penn, Matthew hopes to attend graduate school and possibly work in the field of Catholic education.
Emily Hoeven is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and French. Originally from Fremont, California, Emily will spend the summer studying literature and law and conducting independent research at Cambridge University as a Thouron Scholar. She has served on a branch of student government, the Undergraduate Assembly, for the past two years and writes opinion columns for Penn’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. In addition, she is the co-founder of PennFaces, a soon-to-be-launched website featuring student, faculty, alumni, and administrative stories of successes and failures in order to foster resilience in the Penn community. She is particularly interested in studying the nuances of human identity as manifested in language and culture. Through the Collegium Institute, she hopes to further explore different facets of humanistic thought and moral philosophy.
Mark Hoover is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Arabic and Hebrew studies. Mark is also a co-founder and co-director of Dialoguing under Abraham’s Tent, which promotes interfaith dialogue between Penn’s Jewish, Christian, and Muslim undergraduate communities. His main research interest is the interactions between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities and their theologies in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Understanding these ancient interactions is pivotal to contextualizing the way in which their successor communities have taken shape and continue to engage with each other in the contemporary Western world.
Sean Tristan Massa majored in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Philosophy. In the spring of 2014, he had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam, South Africa and Brazil as a participant of the International Honors Program through the School for International Training (SIT). On campus he was involved with the Natives at Penn organization as co-chair and am the former vice president for the Ivy Native Council. He was also a member associated with the Whitefield Society, a fellowship on campus. As a student fellow, he explored the application of faith in social justice as well as interfaith dialogue.
Andrea Muglia studied Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and Statistics in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in the ways in which business can inform purpose-driven institutions to realize their goals. As a fellow, she explored the receptiveness of students at secular universities to Catholic intellectual tradition. Outside of the classroom, she performed in the student-run dance group Arts House Dance Company and volunteered her time as a leader of Connections faith-sharing groups with Penn Newman.
Jonathan Olatunbosun Osinaike was a Cinema Studies major from Chicago, Illinois. As an undergraduate, he wrote, directed, and produced a student film about the struggles of students in business school. He joined the Collegium Institute to find a forum for new interpretations of religious concepts, and gauging spiritual traditions in the technological age.
Carter Skeel was a philosophy major in the College. He wrote for the Intercollegiate Review Student Voices blog, and also taught seventh and eighth grade Sunday school at his church. In past summers, he has worked or attended programs at various institutions, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Witherspoon Institute, and Mars Hill Audio. On campus, he is co-chair of the Philosophy Undergraduate Advisory Board and helped found an undergraduate philosophy journal at Penn. He has also been an editor of Common Subjects, Penn’s Christian journal. He enjoys almost every area of philosophy, but especially likes studying ethics, philosophy of mind, and political philosophy. As a Christian in an overwhelming secular department, he constantly seeks to integrate faith into his studies.
Laura Spence, Paideia Steering Committee, is a native of Dallas, Texas, but currently lives outside Washington, D.C. She is a Senior at Villanova University, studying Humanities and Classics. She is a Presidential Scholar, co-president of The Villanova Russell Kirk Society, and a member of Back On My Feet, a non-profit running club. She has spent the last few summers working at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in Herndon, Virginia, the Program for Academic Leadership and Success in Washington, D.C., the Kazakhstan Foundation for Cultural, Social, and Educational Development in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her primary interests are Eurasian foreign policy, literature, foreign languages, and running.
Ethan Swain, Paideia Steering Committee, is a senior Humanities and Theology Major at Villanova University who hails from West Hartford, Connecticut. At Villanova, he is a co-president of the Russell Kirk Society and a member of the Villanova Jazz Ensemble in which he plays bass. Last semester he studied theology and philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. This past summer he received an undergraduate research fellowship from Villanova with which he studied the theology of deification in St. Augustine. Ethan is also a member of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization committed to conservative thought and the virtues and principles of the West. Outside of school he enjoys exercise, particularly swimming and soccer.
Kyle Tebo (C’17) is an undergraduate from Texas. He spent a season studying International business and Mandarin before switching to studies in philosophy and economics. Kyle is grateful to the Collegium Institute for providing a setting that nurtures familiarity with the Western humane tradition as well as a social group for sharing in an appreciation of it.
John Todaro studied psychology in the College. He was a brother in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity in which he volunteered at numerous events and charities around Philadelphia. He was also a member in Penn Red Cross, a certified EMT, and the founder of an investment club on campus. His academic interests include scientific research, finance, and religion. He has conducted chemical research at Penn and is currently conducting psychology research on generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). He is particularly interested in the cross roads between science and religion and spends much of his leisure time discussing and reading on this topic. In the Student Fellows Program at the Collegium Institute he hoped to gain an even deeper understanding of this field through readings, lectures, and discussions. In the near future he hopes to travel abroad either on a Fulbright scholarship or other to perform research in orthodox religious societies and explore their differences.
Aaron Wolff is from Great Neck, NY. As a Fox Fellow, Aaron worked for the Collegium Institute a scholarly foundation dedicated to fostering the Catholic intellectual tradition and the humanities more generally. He helped develop several programs including a summer program for high school students, a college reading group and a Collegium Fellows program. He also helped organize events and bring speakers, Remi Brague and Alan Brill to speak at Penn. He is the co-director of marketing and outreach for Giving What We Can: Penn and a writer for IMPACT Magazine.