Appointments announced to Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society

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Appointments announced to Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society
March 11, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) are very pleased to announce the appointment of the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow and the James N. Perry Scholar of Philosophy, Politics, and Society.

Dr. Janice Tzuling Chik, presently an assistant professor of philosophy at Ave Maria University, has been appointed to serve as the John and Daria Barry Foundation Fellow for the academic year 2019-2020. Dr. John Peter DiIulio (C’12), presently the Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, has been appointed to serve as the James N. Perry Scholar for the next three academic years.

Dr. Chik earned her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Saint Andrews and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Oxford University. Dr. DiIulio earned his PhD in Political Science at Princeton University, where he has been a Fellow of both the James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions and the University Center for Human Values. Dr. Chik is presently working on a book with the (tentative) title “The Unity of Action: A Metaphysics of Agency.” Dr. DiIulio is presently working on a book with the (tentative) title “Liberal Sentiments: A Unified Ethical, Moral, and Political Theory of John Stuart Mill.”

Last year, through the support and generosity of Mr. James N. Perry (C’82), a member of the Penn School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers, and Dr. Matthew O’Brien of the Collegium Institute, and through a collaboration between the Penn Department of Philosophy and PRRUCS, the archive of G.E.M. (Elizabeth) Anscombe was transferred to the Penn Library's Kislak Center for Special Collections, where it will be housed and studied through June 2022.

Anscombe (1919-2001), an analytic philosopher who is widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, was part of the famous Oxford University scholarly circle that included Phillipa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Penn (1968-1980).

Along with PRRUCS-supported Philosophy Department Scholars, over the next several years the Barry Fellow and the Perry Scholar will dedicate substantial portions of their time to research, writing, events, and symposia related to the Collegium Institute Anscombe Archive at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Perry Scholar will also teach several LPS courses.

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