60-Second Lectures

The 60-Second Lectures have been a Penn Arts & Sciences tradition since 2003. Each spring and fall, the School’s faculty take a minute to share their perspectives on a variety of topics ranging from the Constitution to intracellular landfills to what makes a poem a poem. 


As the world faces unprecedented challenges, the series has provided scholars with an opportunity to share insight and expertise on the global COVID-19 pandemic, the enduring legacy of racism, and the ever-present threat of climate change. 

Special 60 Second Lectures

The 60-Second Lectures: In Quarantine series explored the complex social, cultural, historical, and economic issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the video library here.

60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice.
This set of short talks spotlights the history and contemporary manifestations of racism in the U.S., Black lives and culture, and the range of factors that have contributed to this moment.

1.5 Minute Climate Lectures to sound the alarm about the climate emergency, to call for large-scale climate action, and to share a vision of constructive and comprehensive response. 

No upcoming lectures at this time. Please check back later.