To pour forth benefits for
the common good is divine.
– Benjamin Franklin
Perry Scholars-Collegium Institute
Engaging Faith & Reason in the University and the Modern World
Partners for Sacred Places
Empowering community-serving religious organizations.
Common Ground for Common Good
Elevating Contemporary Church-State Debates
Program for Empirical Studies and Surveys
Examining Religion and spirituality empirically
Transnational Religious Organizations
Exploring global religion and transnational FBOs
Spring & Fall 2021 Events
As Earth Without Water: An Evening with Novelist Katy Carl
Monday, December 13, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00pm
In this evening conversation, we will encounter the debut novel by Katy Carl, As Earth without Water. Christopher Beha, editor of Harper’s Magazine describes the novel as a “sharp and moving meditation on freedom, choice, and the creative life. Katy will read from her novel and participate in a discussion about the text with Joshua Hren, editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books.
Catholic MidCentury Modern: The Church & Other Possible Modernities
Monday, December 6, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
In the ferment of the mid 20th-Century, Catholic writers and artists sought to develop a new, distinctly Catholic, modernity. They navigated the political challenges of fascism, communism, and liberalism. In this event, we look to the history of MidCentury Catholicism, with figures like Georges Rouault, the Maritains, Dorothy Day, and Claude McKay, and its response to the cultural, intellectual, and political ferment of the 1920s-60s. What can we learn from these great figures as 21st Century people grapple with the challenges of our century?
The Women Are Up to Something
Tuesday, November 4, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:15pm
Join Collegium Institute for a conversation with Benjamin J.B. Lipscomb, a philosophy professor at Houghton College specializing in ethical theory, the history of ethics, biomedical ethics, agrarianism, and legal interpretation. He is principally concerned with character formation. Lipscomb has contributed to a collection on Immanuel Kant, and his current project is a group biography on Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch.
Anscombe and Moral Prohibition
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:15pm
Join Collegium Institute for a special evening lecture featuring Dr. Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. The topics of Dr. Vogler’s wide-ranging research include ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, and more.
Elizabeth Anscombe famously suggested that if we couldn’t understand the basis of moral prohibition, then we couldn’t do moral philosophy at all. Like Peter Geach, she held that Aristotle was of no help in understanding moral prohibition.
Anscombe &: The History of Philosophy according to Elizabeth Anscombe
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00pm
Probing the Shallows of the Unknown: A Magi Project Evening Conversation
April 8, 2021 | 7:00 – 9:00pm
The State of Religious Freedom: A 2021 Global Survey
March 23, 2021 | 10am – 12:00pm
Religion after the Pandemic: Forecasting the Global Future of Faith
March 5, 2021 | 12pm – 1:30pm