BEN Talks

Penn alumni, friends, and parents gathered at The Union Club in New York City for the Penn Arts and Sciences BEN Talks program, generously hosted by Dhan Pai, W’83, PAR’12, ’15, and his wife Heena Pai, PAR’12, ’15. This year’s event explored an exciting branch of the School’s major strategic priorities, referred to as “Mapping the Mind.” Modelled after the popular TED talks, the BEN talks featured three esteemed faculty members who shared —in just 15 minutes—what their research tells us about the science behind how we form judgements and make decisions.

Ben Talks NYC

1st photo, from left: Heena, PAR’12, ’15, and Dhan Pai, W’83, PAR’12, ’15 2nd photo: Joseph Kable, Baird Term Associate Professor of Psychology, presents his BEN Talk, titled “Eat the Marshmallow: The Hidden Rationality of Quitting.” Other faculty were Sara Jaffee, professor of psychology; Michael Platt, James S. Reipe University Professor, professor of neuro–science, professor of psychology, and professor of marketing; and Sharon Thompson-Schill, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

Ben Talks NYC

1st photo, from left: Dick Thune, C’69, PAR’00, ’05, ’06; Shannon Thune; Spencer Thune, C’05; and Colin Thune, C’06. 2nd photo, from left: Steven Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences; Jamie, C’83, PAR’19 and Haim Handwerker, PAR’19; and Jean-Marie Kneeley, Vice Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences. 3rd photo, from left: Michael Liu, W’89; Eddie Chung, C’95; Heena Pai, PAR’12,’15; and Ahalya Nava, C’94.

Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance Event “Mind Full to Mindful”

The Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) hosted an event on the topic of mindfulness, presented by Dr. Michael Baime, Founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Attendees learned strategies for mindfulness-based stress reduction and even experienced the effects of mindfulness through a guided meditation.


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