Seeing Reality

Conversations in Science, Faith and Philosophy

June 5th-9th 2017

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? Faced with the widespread fragmentation of disciplines, how can we seek fruitful exchanges of insight 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.  

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Each day of the workshop is devoted to a specific theme: 

  • Monday: Philosophy of Science  
  • Tuesday: Physical Sciences
  • Wednesday: Biological Sciences
  • Thursday: The Human Person
  • Friday: Summation


To Attend

A limited number of 25 funded places are available to suitably qualified graduate students.   The funding will cover course fees, course materials, accommodation and food.  Students will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  Students who are successful in the application process will pay a small contribution of $50 towards course costs. Preference will be given to graduate students in the sciences, philosophy and theology.  

This event has now concluded.  Please check back later for details of registration for the Summer Seminar 2018.

Participants and speakers from the 2017 Magi Summer Seminar

Participants and speakers from the 2017 Magi Summer Seminar