Join Collegium Institute for our Summer Graduate Seminars, "Seeing Reality" and "Genealogies of Modernity."
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Seeing Reality: Conversations in Science, Faith, and Philosophy

Inaugural Residential Graduate Seminar exploring Science & Theology

June 5th-
June 9th, 2017

at University of Pennsylvania

Registration closes
Friday, March 17th.

To apply for full financial scholarship, APPLY HERE.  Please direct any questions to
How do we understand the universe and our place within it?  To what extent should our answer to that fundamental question be different whether we approach it as scientist, philosopher, or theologian?  What are the methodological differences that must be respected and which frameworks could enable them to fit together into a coherent whole?  How can we seek unity of life and thought in the modern academy?

This one-week residential Collegium Summer Seminar will address these questions, welcoming a small cohort of graduate students to Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across the disciplines.   Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the universe, the relationship of space and time, freedom and determinism, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine.

Drawing together insights from the sciences, theology and philosophy we will build a toolkit to explore how we can describe reality in an integrated, intellectually rigorous way.  


Rev. Dr. Andrew Pinsent,
Oxford University & Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion.

Prof. Hans Halvorson,
Princeton Departments of Philosophy and Mathematics

Prof. Karin Öberg,
Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics


Prof. Marie I. George,
St. John’s University, Department of Philosophy

Genealogies of Modernity

July 3rd-7th, 2017
at University of Pennsylvania

When and how did we become modern? Many twentieth- and twenty-first century thinkers have identified an “age of reform,” roughly 1350-1600, as the birthplace of modernity. Many of these accounts are declension narratives that locate the origins of modernity’s ills in late-medieval and Reformation-era intellectual developments. This seminar will re-examine several influential declension narratives and explore alternative possibilities from within the relevant disciplines: philosophy, theology, art history, and the intersection of biblical and literary studies—with intellectual, social, and religious history as continual interlocutors.

Each of four days of the five-day seminar will be led by a specialist in the field focusing on a specific genealogy in one discipline: philosophy and the rise of univocal metaphysics, as well as covenantal voluntarism; theology and the rationality of tradition; art history and the “age of the world-picture;” biblical studies / literary history and the ascendancy of literal-critical exegesis.

The seminar’s disciplinary foci are history, philosophy, theology, literary studies, and art history, but graduate students across the humanities are welcome to apply.



Full Scholarships are awarded upon acceptance to the seminar.  
Deadline for registration is March 31st

Carlos Eire
T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies
Yale University

Ryan McDermott
Associate Professor of English
University of Pittsburgh

Christopher Nygren
Associate Professor of Art and Architecture
University of Pittsburgh

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