February 7, 2017

6:00PM - 7:00PM
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Bethany Wiggin

    Associate Professor of German and Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

The banks of the lower, tidal Schuylkill River in Philadelphia support both an oil refinery and a bird sanctuary. The river is home to the eastern seaboard's largest oil port, in operation since the 1870s, and long-standing residential neighborhoods. This talk explores the history of these entanglements, drawing on collaborations of artists, scientists, historians, community partners, and urban planners catalyzed by the WetLand Project, a floating lab for experiments in sustainability, moored at Bartram's Garden. And it asks, how we might hope to envision the future of this river and the many lives it sustains?

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