February 6, 2014

4:30PM - 6:00PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Zellerbach Theatre
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
  • James Fowler

    Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, University of California

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

Levin Family Dean's Forum

How much do we influence one another’s tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, and even weight? James Fowler’s work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavioral science, evolution, politics, genetics, and big data. A professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, Fowler was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, TechCrunch's Most Innovative People in Democracy, and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group.

With Nicholas Christakis, Fowler coauthored Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, Connected has been translated into twenty languages, named an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review, and featured in Wired, Oprah's Reading Guide, Business Week's Best Books of the Year, GOOD's 15 Books You Must Read, and a cover story in The New York Times Magazine.

About the Levin Family Dean’s Forum
The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his son Eric T. Levin, C’92.

2014 Dean's Scholars:

College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Boreen, Biochemistry and Chemistry
Christina Economy, International Relations and Economics
Rachel Eisenberg, Religious Studies
Vinicius Ferreira, Chemistry
Benjamin Freedman, Biological Basis of Behavior
Aleksandra (Sasha) Igdalova, Visual Studies
Dahlia Klein, Biophysics, Chemistry, and Physics
Ting Cho Lau, Philosophy and Political Science
Rosaline Zhang, Biology and Urban Studies

College of Liberal and Professional StudiesUndergraduate Program
Darren Finn, Biology

Professional Master's Programs

Jenna Shweitzer, Master of Environmental Studies

Graduate DivisionDoctoral Programs
Margaret (Meg) Andrews, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
Guzmán Castro, Political Science
Allegra Giovine, History and Sociology of Science
Adam Goodman, History
Alessandra Mirra, Romance Languages
Jill Portnoy, Criminology
Jerome Robinson, Chemistry
Madeleine (Maddie) Stone, Earth and Environmental Science
Dmytro Yeroshkin, Mathematics