Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jamal EliasWalter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Religious StudiesWhy There’s Opposition to Depictions of Muhammad World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

After events like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad, and on other satirists and cartoonists in Europe, many may be wondering if depictions of Muhammad are actually forbidden in Islamic scripture. From where does this aversion to pictorial representations arise? And are all Muslims similarly offended? Elias’ talk explores such questions within a broader context of cultural and political conflicts.

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.

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.