Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ira HarkavyAssociate Vice President and Founding Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community PartnershipsThe Engaged Research University in the 21st Century World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Ira Harkavy, a leader in integrating research, learning, and service, will discuss Benjamin Franklin’s revolutionary vision for American higher education. Though it has yet to be put into practice, significant improvements locally, nationally, and globally have occurred during the past 25 years toward creating the engaged, democratic, civic university dedicated to the progressive betterment of the human condition. Harkavy, who teaches in the Departments of History, Urban Studies, and Africana Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education, will describe the historical progression of the engaged research university and discuss how we might realize Franklin’s vision in the 21st century.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. 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 Café 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.