Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Adrian RaineRichard Perry University Professor, Department of CriminologyThe Anatomy of Violence: Dissecting the Biological Roots of Crime World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

The very rapid developments taking place in the neuroscience of crime are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand and understanding and mercy on the other. Raine will provide a brief overview of this new body of knowledge and its implications for our future conceptualization of moral responsibility, free will, and punishment. If the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in offenders, how moral is it of us to punish prisoners as much as we do? Should we use biology to better predict who among us are predisposed to future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.