Graduate Fellows Program

The Graduate Fellows Program was founded in 2013 by graduate and professional students throughout the University of Pennsylvania, all of whom were united by an interest in bringing their respective disciplines into dialogue with the humanistic and Christian intellectual traditions.  The principal features of the program are as follows:

1) Monthly Reading Colloquia

In the spirit of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the monthly reading colloquia cultivate an ongoing conversation about the Christian tradition and modern scholarship at Penn. They present opportunities for graduate students to delve together into foundational, canonical texts, which in turn are harmonized with the institute’s special events in order to facilitate a fellow’s deeper engagement with them. Graduate Fellows are asked to facilitate one colloquium per year and to attend the other colloquia.

For a look at recent colloquia topics, visit this link.

2) Professional Development Workshops

The Collegium Institute will make professional development opportunities available to the Graduate Fellows. There will be 2-3 workshops per semester on topics relating to religious identity and the academic profession, facilitated by the Collegium Faculty Fellows and professional mentors at other universities. The workshops offer a rich, if rare, space for the formation of young academics and professionals.

3) Research and Travel Grants

Each Graduate Fellow is eligible to apply for a limited number of travel and research grants available each year, and awardees will be determined by a Collegium faculty selection committee.

This academic year, 2016-2017, we will be reading a selection of seminal Christian texts.

For our Fifth Colloquium, we will be reading excerpts from the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II and Blaise Pascal regarding the Catholic approach to faith and reason.  Our colloquium coincides with the Circle of St. Bede’s discussion on the same topic and points to the themes of our summer graduate student seminars.  This Fifth colloquium will take place Thursday, February 16th from 7:30pm-9:00pm.

For more information about the program or to RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Feeney (elife@sas.upenn.edu).


Previous Colloquia for Academic Year 2016-2017

Thurs, September 15th: Our First Colloquium featured Mother Teresa’s private letters, composed during her dark night of the soul, on the occasion of her canonization the same month and in preparation for our special event on a new biography of Francis of Assisi, that reflects upon the humanity of one of history’s greatest saints.

Thurs, October 20th: Our Second Colloquium included readings from the Bible and some of its leading commentators on Natural Law.  This colloquium anticipates our next special lecture, featuring panelists and co-authors reflecting on Natural Law and Interfaith Relations.

Thurs, November 17th: Our Third Colloquium featured select writings of Dorothy Day and from Peter Maurin’s Easy Essays.  This discussion on Christian social thought previewed the release of a PRRUCS report on Catholic Nonprofits in Philadelphia.

Thurs, January 19th: Our Fourth Colloquium featured short essays by Hans Urs von Blathasar and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for our discussion on Aesthetics: Beauty and Mystery in preparation for our special lecture and performance on Sacred Songs.