This edition of the Penn Alumni Water Forum's Speaker Spotlight will feature DC Water's Clean Rivers Project, an ongoing program to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO's) into the District's waterways - the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. The Project is a massive infrastructure and support program designed to capture and clean wastewater during rainfalls before it ever reaches our rivers.
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The Center for Particle Cosmology welcomes Sean Carroll, this year's speaker.
One of the great intellectual achievements of the twentieth century was the theory of quantum mechanics, according to which observational results can only be predicted probabilistically rather than with certainty. Yet, after decades in which the theory has been successfully used on an everyday basis, most physicists would agree that we still don't truly understand what it means.Go to event
Join us for a special event as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passing of Janet Lee Stevens, a remarkable individual who dedicated her life to bridging cultures and fostering understanding in the Arab world.
Janet Lee Stevens, a doctoral student of Arabic literature in the Department of Oriental Studies (now the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), left an indelible mark on all who knew her. She embraced the Arabic language and culture passionately, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to promoting tolerance.Go to event
What lengths would you go to get home? In this Philadelphia premiere by The Acting Company, two-time OBIE Award-winning director Lisa Peterson brings new life to Homer’s homecoming epic, The Odyssey. Four young women, trapped in the limbo of a refugee camp, retell Odysseus' adventures as they struggle with their own search for a home.Go to event
As attention is fragmented across digital interactions and focus is increasingly hard to find, what is lost? And how can a liberal arts education respond to the challenge of digital distraction?
Get together with fellow alums at The Peninsula Beverly Hills to hear from Penn Arts & Sciences faculty about experiments in immersive learning experiences—involving approaches that both embrace and step back from the call of new technology.Go to event
Following its popular outing in New York City, Ben Talks is bringing The Science of Being Social to San Francisco this fall. Get together with fellow alums at Thriller Social Club to hear from Penn Arts & Sciences faculty about research ranging from the evolution of cooperative behavior to how we navigate our world. There will be time for questions, and to get social yourself with a networking pre-reception and with the club’s great amenities, including a photo booths and midway arcade games.Go to event
Global Discovery Series - Undoing Slavery: Bodies, Race and Rights in the Age of Abolition and Its Implications for Today
Join Penn Professor Kathleen M. Brown in a discussion about her new book, Undoing Slavery: Bodies, Race and Rights in the Age of Abolition. The book takes a fresh look at the campaign to end slavery and highlights how abolitionists, Black as well as white, put embodied forms of liberty at the center of the struggle. Professor Brown takes abolitionist language seriously, not just as an effort to stir white empathy, but as a focus on the physical body as the basis for universal humanity and rights claims.Go to event
Penn Spectrum Weekend is a tri-annual conference that focuses on cultural identity and intersectional issues faced by the Black, Latinx, Native, Asian, LGBTQ+, Muslim, and first-generation, low-income communities. The conference invites all members of the Penn community including alums, undergraduates, and graduate students to explore topics under the broader theme of cultural identity. Roundtables and discussions range from the subjects of healthcare, business, politics, and higher education. Celebrations, socials, and networking events will also be hosted.Go to event
Knowledge by the Slice
Penn Arts & Sciences' long-running Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series offers educational talks led by our insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there’s pizza? So, come for the discussion and have a slice on us.
Every 10 years in the United States, states draw new voting district boundaries in response to the latest U.S. census data. This process has long been fraught, with accusations of gerrymandering coming from whichever party is not in power, since voting districts can affect election outcomes.
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