Penn Science Cafe

Hauling science out of the lab for a night on the town, the Penn Science Café offers the Philadelphia region an opportunity to pitch questions to leading scientific experts who drop the jargon to explain their work in layman's terms. All Penn Science Café events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Megan KassabaumAssistant Professor, Department of AnthropologyInvestigating the Origins of America's First City World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The ancient city of Cahokia, located across the Mississippi River from modern-day St. Louis, thrived from A.D. 1050-1300 and was home to more than 20,000 people. Among many other activities, these people built massive earthen mounds that served a variety of functions. The history of mound building began nearly 5,000 years before the mounds at Cahokia were constructed; Kassabaum investigates the origins of America's first city by considering these precursors.    

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

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4-6 p.m.