Penn Science Cafe

Hauling science out of the lab for a night on the town, the Penn Science Café offers the Philadelphia region an opportunity to pitch questions to leading scientific experts who drop the jargon to explain their work in layman's terms. All Penn Science Café events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm
Mark Liberman Paul Reverdy Adelheid VoskuhlChristopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics , School of Arts & Sciences and professor in Department of Computer and Information Science, School of Engineering and Applied ScienceArtificial Intelligence: Past, Present and Future World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

​​​​​​​In presentations and a panel discussion, a trio of Penn researchers with diverse backgrounds will share their research and thoughts on the past, present and future of artificial intelligence. Adelheid Voskuhl will describe the surprising responses androids evoked in 18th century Europe, Mark Liberman will discuss communicating with machines and Paul Reverdy will offer his perspective on building robots to meet the needs of society.

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

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe 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.