In addition to numerous lectures and academic events, Collegium hosts several special programs at Penn:


Collegium Institute Undergraduate Student Fellows Program

The Collegium Institute Student Fellows form an undergraduate intellectual community at the University of Pennsylvania 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 one. The Fellows program is open to Penn students of all confessions and affiliations. For more information and application inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Feeney ( For a list of our current student fellows, please visit

Food For Thought

This non-credit seminar (formerly called Coffee with the Classics) brings undergraduates and outstanding Penn professors together to engage foundational questions about human flourishing and intellectual inquiry without the pressures of grades and papers. Students have an opportunity read and discuss the great books that have been central to an intellectual tradition spanning Greco-Roman Antiquity and Western Modernity, such as Plato, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and Rousseau, to modern literature and articles on scientific advances. The curriculum of the program varies by semester. Updates on what the program is currently reading can be found at our Facebook page, and past discussions can be read here.  To Register for this program, contact Elizabeth Feeney (

The Renaissance Latin Workshop

This workshop convenes graduate students and scholars of the Penn community to translate significant Renaissance texts whose language conceals them from most modern audiences. We meet weekly in an informal, convivial setting to build our skills of translation and paleography and to enjoy reading post-classical Latin texts together. The workshop is moderated by Dr. Ann Moyer, who is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the Executive Director of the Renaissance Society of America. For more information, please contact Dan Cheely (

Koine Greek Reading Group

A weekly reading group for students of all levels of Ancient Greek who want to read Biblical and Patristic texts in their original language, moderated by Professor Jay Treat of our Department of Religious Studies.  For more information, please email Katie Becker at

Faith & Reason Reading Group

This seminar offers students the opportunity to study the Christian intellectual tradition.  In Spring 2017, students explored Literature & the Catholic Imagination through the fiction of Flannery O’Connor, Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton.  To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Protestant faculty co-led Reading the Reformation, a seminar on central texts of the Reformers, tracing the evolution of their ideas through centuries of Christian tradition.  For more information, please email Elizabeth Feeney at

Paideia Seminar

This monthly seminar is an intercollegiate community of Penn, Villanova, Swarthmore, Eastern, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford students, gathered to explore the promise of the liberal arts.  The community addresses the central question, How can the Humanities actually humanize us? through the lens of various topics and approaches.  In past years, we have explored the topics of How can the Humanities humanize us?, Enchantment and Disenchantment in the Modern Era, and What does it mean to be a Humanist?  For more information, please email Elizabeth Feeney at

Collegium Institute Graduate Fellows Colloquium

The Collegium graduate fellows form a scholarly community intended to cultivate an ongoing conversation about the Christian tradition and modern scholarship at Penn. They join together to read great texts in the development of the Christian tradition in conjunction with the Institute’s special events. For more information about the Graduate reading group and graduate fellows program, please contact Katie Becker (

How to Heal: a Medical Humanities Series

This 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?  For more information about this luncheon series, please contact Elizabeth Feeney (

The Magi Project: Religious Belief in the Era of Astrophysics

This program explores the intersection of science and theology through the highly divisive idea that contemplation of the physical Universe can lead people to ask deeper questions about meaning and human existence, which can lead them to think deeply about the experience of God and the spiritual life.  The Magi Project invites those from all levels of academia to confront such ideas through various programming, from courses and seminars to lectures and workshops.  More detailed information can be found HERE.  For any questions or comments, please contact contact this Project at