Inspiring Impact Virtual Series - The Stories We Tell, the Objects We Keep: What They Reveal About Human Nature
There is a reason that storytelling is having a moment. Done well, stories evoke a range of emotions, help forge powerful connections, and enable us to better understand ourselves and others. Similarly, the objects we save—from fine art to ephemera—create a mosaic of memory.Go to event
This event is presented by The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy.
WHEN SPEAKING OF COMPANIES SUCH AS UBER AND LYFT, commentators often use the terms “sharing economy” and “gig economy” interchangeably, even though they point to diametrically opposed visions of economic life. It raises the question of exactly when, and how, the idea of using the internet to share resources outside of market channels became the practice of employing – and often exploiting – informal workers as a way to sidestep regulated markets.Go to event
Sufism is an Islamic belief and practice in which individuals seek an intimate personal experience of God. This intimate connection has been a major subject of Persian poetry for many centuries and is often described as a feeling of intoxicating love. Join Professor Jamal J. Elias as he explores Sufism and Sufi poetry using examples from famous figures such as Rumi, as well as from other lesser-known poets in Persian and other languages. He will be sharing poems in translation and the original and providing suggestions for further reading.Go to event
The extreme weather conditions of recent years are visible canaries-in-the-coal-mine of climate change. This session of the Inspiring Impact Virtual Series will explore how Penn’s growing strengths in climate science and policy are addressing stark environmental realities in practical and actionable ways.Go to event
Data collection is ubiquitous…and not always benign. It can feel creepy to get online prompts about what to eat, watch, do, or buy. And biases in computer code can skew data-driven decisions in ways that negatively impact individuals without their knowledge. But there’s good news, too. Penn researchers are harnessing huge data sets to improve health care, manage business challenges, identify crime patterns, mitigate the risks of social media, and more. In this session, they will share many ways Penn is leading in a quickly evolving field and what these changes mean for all of us.Go to event