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Sample of PRRUCS-Sponsored Courses

  • AMES 335 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Relations in the Middle East

  • ASTR 007 The Big Bang and Beyond

  • COML 200 Mythology

  • ENGL 359 Urban Cosmopolite/ Belief in the Age of the Enlightened Cosmopolite

  • FOLK 025 Magic, Science, and Religion

  • HIST 313 Religion and Society in the Iberian World

  • HIST 325 Religion in American History

  • HSSC 001 The Emergence of Modern Science

  • HSSC 301 Science and Religion

  • MUSC 150 Introduction to Global Music/ Thinking Globally about Music

  • PSCI 240 Religion and Public Policy

  • PSCI 275 Muslim Political Thought

  • PSCI 298 Spirited Debate

  • RELS 002 Religions in the West: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

  • RELS 107 Religion in Philadelphia

  • RELS 010 Religion in Public Life

  • RELS 111 Religion and Secular Values: Hip Hop Culture

  • RELS 133 Introduction to Christianity

  • RELS 144 Persian Mystical Thought: Rumi/ The Foundations of Islamic Mysticism

  • SAST 163 Introduction to Hinduism

  • SOCI 300 Religious Life at Penn

 

Sample of PRRUCS Events

Coversations in Science, Faith, and Philosophy about the Origins of our Universe

June 25th to 29th, 2018: 
Speakers:

  • John Farrell, Author of the book: The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaitre, Einstein, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology
  • William Carroll, Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science, University of Oxford
  • James Platania, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Seton Hall University
  • Joseph Laracy, Instructor, Seton Hall University
  • Don Lincoln, Senior Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) 
  • David Charbonneau, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
  • Jim Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Princeton University

 

Genealogies of Modernity II: Possible Modernities between Medieval and Enlightenment

June 11th to 15th, 2018:
Speakers:

  • Karen Detlefsen, Professor of Philosophy and Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ulrich Lehner, Professor of History and Theology, Marquette University
  • Ryan McDermott, Professor of Literature, University of Pittsburgh
  • Christopher Nygren, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Eileen Reeves, Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • Naomi Waltham-Smith, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

 

Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict

April 24th, 2018: Speaker:  Stephen Barr, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware 

 

Did Liberalism Fail?

March 27th, 2018: Speaker: Patrick Deneen, Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame

 

State vs. Individual? Robert Nisbet and the Freedom of Association

February 21st, 2018: Speaker: Luke Sheahan, Post-Doctoral Associate of Political Science, Duke University 

 

Darwin, God, and the Cosmos: Is Faith Still Relevant in a Scientific World?

November 30th, 2017:
Speakers:

  • Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology, Brown University
  • Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

 

 The Legacy of the Reformation After 500 Years

October 25th, 2017:
Speakers:

  • Carlos Eire, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University
  • Margo Todd, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

 

Genealogies of Modernity

July 3rd to 7th, 2017
Speakers:

  • Ryan McDermott, Professor of Literature, University of Pittsburgh
  • Carlos Eire, Professor of History, Yale University

 

Seeing Reality: Coversations in Science, Faith & Philosophy

June 5th to 9th, 2017:
Speakers:

  • Andrew Pinsent, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford 
  • Hans Halvorson, Stuart Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University
  • Karin Öberg, Associate Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
  • Marie I George, Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University
  • Thadeusz Pacholczyk, Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia

 

Art and Morality: On the Relationship between Aesthetics and Ethics

April 5th, 2017: Speaker: Roger Scruton, a philosopher, public intellectural and author of over 40 books

 

Fall Faculty Colloquia Series: Between Justice and Mercy

Fall 2016, between October and December: 5 sessions

 

How Catholic Places Serve Civic Purposes: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Economic “Halo Effects”

November 30th, 2016: Joseph P. Tierney, PRRUCS Resident Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program released a PRRUCS report that estimates the annual economic impact of Catholic community-serving organizations in Philadelphia. The report was released during an event on University of Pennsylvania’s campus featuring Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and a panel of distinguished guests including PRRUCS Senior Fellows Dr. Ram Cnaan and A. Robert Jaeger as well as Lorraine M. Knight, Executive Director of Nutritional Development Services in Philadelphia. 

 

The Brookings Institution presents: The Halo Effect and the Economic Value of Faith-based Organizations

November 29th, 2016: Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a panel to discuss the economic importance of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships and considered strategies to strengthen these hubs of civic engagement and social support. Click here to view the event.

 

Natural Law and Interfaith Relations: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Trialogue

October 27th, 2016
Speakers:

  • Anver M. Emon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto
  • Matthew Levering, Chair of Theology, University of Saint Mary of the Lake
  • David Novak, Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

 

Religion and the 2016 Presidential Election Colloquiums, University of Pennsylvania

1st Colloquium: September 16th, 2016
Speaker: John L. Jackson, Richard Perry University Professor, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice

2nd Colloquium: September 23rd, 2016
Speaker: Michele Margolis, Assistant Professor of Political Science

3rd Colloquium: September 29th, 2016, National Museum of American Jewish History
Speakers:

  • John DiIulio, Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society
  • John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies
  • Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Program for Research on Religion, and Urban Civil Society
  • Jane Eisner, Editor-In-Chief of The Jewish Daily Forward
  • Moderated by Dick Polman, National Political Columnist

4th Colloquium: October 14th, 2016
Speaker: Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners

5th Colloquium: October 21st, 2016
Speaker: Prema Kurien, Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

6th Colloquium: October 28th, 2016
Speaker: Mike Hout, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Post-Election Debrief Panel: December 2nd, 2016
Speakers:

  • John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Geoff Layman, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

 

The PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of INTER-FAITH RELATIONS: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

October 15th, 2015:
Speakers:

  • Philip Cunningham, Professor of Theology, St. Joseph’s University
  • Heather Sharkey, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Mark, Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

 

Varieties of Modern Orthodoxy

February 5th, 2015:
Speakers:

  • Alan Brill, Ross-Cooperman Professor of Jewish-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University
  • Anna Bonta Moreland, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Villanova University 
  • Cheikh Babou, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderated by Talya Fishman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

 

Can a Secular Society Last?

October 30th, 2014: 
Speakers: 

  • Rémi Brague, Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne & Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion, Princeton University
  • Jeffrey Green, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderated by Mark Shiffman, Associate Professor of Humanities and Classical Studies, Villanova University

 

How to Redesign an American Metropolis: Water, Transportation and Land Use in the Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109

October 2nd, 2014:
Speakers:

  • Philip Bess, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
  • Moderated by Lothar Haselberger, Professor of Roman Architecture and Art History, University of Pennsylvania

 

A Crisis of Community: Catholic School Closures and Urban Neighborhoods

September 18th, 2014:
Speakers:

  • Margaret Brinig, Chair in Law, Notre Dame Law School
  • Nicole Stelle Garnett, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
  • Moderated by Tim Scully, Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame

 

Faith in Fossils: Theological Reflections of a Penn Paleontologist

February 5th, 2014: Speaker: Peter Dodson, Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology, University of Pennsylvania

 

Religious Charter Schools: Constitutional? Desirable?

October 24th, 2013:
Speakers:

  • Aaron Saiger, Professor of Law, Fordam University
  • Wilson Goode, Former Mayor of Philadelphia
  • Joan Goodman, Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania

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