April 10, 2018

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Bethany Wiggin

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

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Richard Pepino

    Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science
  • Howard Neukrug

    Professor of Practice in Earth and Environmental Science

Water, Water Everywhere

Penn Science Cafe

In presentations and a panel discussion, a quartet of Penn researchers with diverse backgrounds will share their research and thoughts about water. Nikhil Anand and Bethany Wiggin will present their work on Mumbai and Philadelphia as two chapters in a global story about trade, water, and empire; the creation of port infrastructure and the loss of historic wetlands; and the responses of contemporary communities to changing waters, including those rising as a result of climate change. And with the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a backdrop, Richard Pepino will discuss his investigation of the risk of lead service lines contributing to childhood lead poisoning in Philadelphia. Howard Neukrug, Director of the new Water Center at Penn, will offer a brief introduction to the panel.

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

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés.