60-Second Lectures

Every spring and fall, Penn Arts and Sciences faculty take a minute out by the Ben Franklin statue in front of College Hall to share their perspectives on topics ranging from human history and the knowable universe to fractions and fly-fishing. 


The recent killings of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with other incidents of racist violence, have shined a spotlight on the painful reality that many in our community have long been aware of: the enduring legacy of racism.

In an effort to amplify the messages of the protests, Penn Arts & Sciences is presenting a special series: What Happens to a Dream Deferred? 60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice.

In this virtual edition of our 60-Second Lecture series, faculty will spotlight 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. The series’ title comes from Langston Hughes’ 1951 poem, “Harlem.”60-Second BLM 7.9.20

Please follow Penn Arts & Sciences on Facebook and Twitter @PennSAS for the next edition of “What Happens to a Dream Deferred? 60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice”.

60-Second Lectures: Racial Injustice Library


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.

Look for past 60-Second Lectures on Vimeo and YouTube!

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