Past Events

  • Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Forum

    The Fels Policy Research Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania will host its inaugural conference, “Breakthroughs: New Ideas for Policy,” Tuesday, March 14 at the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th St., Philadelphia.  Designed to address some of today’s most pressing policy-related issues, the conference will feature interdisciplinary panel discussions, such as “Putting Research into Practice in Philadelphia,” “Data and a New Era of Research,” and “Researching Gender and Immigration in a Changed Political Climate.”   Policy leaders and Penn faculty participating in the conferen

  • Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

    Join the Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy as they host distinguished academic Per Krusell, visiting scholar with the Economics Department. 

  • Fitts Auditorium (Penn Law)

    The last spring workshop of The Optimizing Government Project.

    More information here. 

  • Fisher Fine Arts Library, 3rd Floor Classroom

    Second in a series of op-ed writing workshops

  • Fitts Auditorium (Penn Law)

    The Optimizing Government Project draws together researchers from across the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia area to collaborate on studying the implementation of machine learning by government.

    The project aims to assess the technical, legal, ethical, and political challenges associated with machine learning in government, promoting collaboration between government, the private sector, and the academy.

    More information here. 

  • The Fels Institute, Sweeney Room

    Faculty are invited to participate in a workshop and lunch with The Philadelphia Inquirer's op-ed editor, Kevin Ferris, to discuss tips and tricks for writing successful op-eds

  • Fox Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

    Lead by Fels Policy Research Initiative Managing Director, Diana Lind, this working group is discussing the disparity in voting rates between urban and suburban voters. Participants include faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Portland State University, among others. 

  • Glandt Forum

    A large part of our digital infrastructure is designed to automate decision making, and ideally should improve economic efficiency. Automated decisions now govern, among many other things, whether we are approved for credit cards, what advertisements we are shown, and what search results we see. Algorithms determine the government’s perception of an individual’s risk (e.g. at airport security) or trustworthiness (e.g. in evaluating recidivism risk for parole decisions).

  • Annenberg 111

    Although studies of human genetic variation have long discounted the existence of biological human races, race and biology (genetics, in particular) continue to be linked in relation to humans. In various ways, concepts and constructs of race travel globally, and the associated notions of identity and difference permeate biomedical research, healthcare, and health policy. This presentation highlights similarities and differences in global perceptions and applications of race as well as the complexities of variation in global health equality and health outcomes.

  • Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

    The Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative hosted a panel discussion during the Democratic National Convention with Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint, MichiganDr.