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Sep
17

11:55 am - 12:00 pm
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Peter Decherney A History of Copyright in the U.S.: From the Constitution to Today60-Second Lecture Stiteler Plaza, 37th and Locust Walk

*Special Constitution Day Lecture*

Penn Arts and Sciences professors squeeze a wealth of knowledge into just one minute as the 60-Second Lectures return this fall. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on Wednesdays in September for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch online at: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall Bistro



Sep
17

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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The Writer's Palette: Zadie Smith in Conversation with Jed EstyPenn Humanities Forum Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South Street

Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

Zadie Smith's brilliant novels have featured characters of every shade and hue, covering an astonishing range of cultures, styles, voices, and ethnicities across many locations of diaspora and belonging. She has further explored the aesthetics and politics of color in her ambitious essays on painting, architecture, philosophy, and literary influences from E.M. Forster to Zora Neale Hurston.

Jed Esty, an English professor who specializes in twentieth-century British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures, joins Smith in a wide-ranging discussion of her work and ideas.

Zadie Smith will be available to sign books after the event.



Sep
19

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The War on Poverty at 50: Its History and Legacy Fitts Auditorium, Golkin Hall (Penn Law), 3501 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

As Historian Michael Katz (who passed away on August 23) noted in a new edition of his classic, The Undeserving Poor, “poverty is deeply rooted” in American life. “Before the twentieth century, the nation lacked both the economic surplus and policy tools to eradicate it.” With the inception of the War on Poverty fifty years ago, however, economic abundance and new methods of providing social services joined together to confront poverty and, “for about a decade, this combination, backed by popular support and political will, did spectacularly well.” Since then, “poverty has been allowed to grow again.”

Honoring and critically appraising his work in its first roundtable session, the Penn SSPF fall conference, “The War on Poverty at 50: Its History and Legacy,” will bring together leading scholars and policy analysts to examine the key questions Katz raises. What worked and what did not in the War on Poverty? Were its successes and failures the outcome of methods or of political will? Where did the political will to declare such a war come from? And in twenty-first century America, can it ever be regained?

Click here to view the full program.



Sep
23

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Katherine Kuchenbecker Nick Parrotta The AddLab: 3-D Printing in ResearchPenn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening an additive manufacturing facility. Commonly known as "3-D printing," this futuristic technique has captured the popular imagination. Kuchenbecker and Parrotta will talk about how it works and how it can advance research in a variety of disciplines, through rapid prototyping and iterative design processes.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science 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. Contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email bryangm@pobox.upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 5–7 p.m.



Sep
24

11:55 am - 12:00 pm
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Emily Owens The Revolution Will Be Evidence-Based: The Promising Future of American Criminal Justice60-Second Lecture Stiteler Plaza, 37th and Locust Walk

Penn Arts and Sciences professors squeeze a wealth of knowledge into just one minute as the 60-Second Lectures return this fall. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on Wednesdays in September for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch online at: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall Bistro