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Sep 6, 2016
The Penn Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Program expresses profound appreciation for the life of Richard Beeman, the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History, Emeritus, who passed away in early September of 2016. In addition to his distinguished career as a scholar and teacher of early American history, and his superb administrative service as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Rick was a founding member of the DCC Executive Committee, and he also skillfully chaired the Planning Committee for the 2012-2013 DCC Faculty Workshop Series on "Constitution Making." He was an endless source of energy, enthusiasm, and great ideas. The DCC program, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania were all greatly enriched by Rick Beeman’s remarkable contributions, and we will all seek to carry forth his great legacy.
Sep 22, 2016

You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.

Apr 12, 2017

Lunch provided.

Dannah Dennis (Anthropology, University of Virginia)
“In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship"

Beth Wellman (Political Science, Yale University)
“Does Citizenship Travel? Constitutional Reform and Diaspora Voting Rights in Africa"
Apr 20, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

Discussant: Ezekiel Dixon-Román (Penn School of Social Policy and Practice)

ALONDRA NELSON is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016), which traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011). She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001), Afrofuturism (2002), and Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012).

May 3, 2017

Lunch provided.

Daniel Platt (American Studies, Brown University)
“From Contract to Status: Property Exemption in Nineteenth-Century American Law" 

Tesalia Rizzo (Political Science, MIT)
“When Clients Exit: Consequences of Programmatic Access to the State on Citizen Political Behavior and Clientelistic Structures"

May 5, 2017

Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium (Accessibility)

ALTHOUGH THE PRIVILEGES AND PROTECTIONS PROVIDED by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship.  In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge.  Participating Scholars include Erez Aloni (Whittier Law School), Mishuana Goeman (UCLA), Samantha Majic (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Paul Mepschen (Universiteit Van Amsterdam), Charles Mills (Northwestern University), Michael Rembis (University at Buffalo), Tracy Robinson (University of the West Indies at Mona), and Kimberly Theidon (Tufts University).