11:55 am - 12:00 pm
Paul K. Saint-Amour The World Has Raised Its Whip; Where Will It Descend?60-Second Lecture Stiteler Plaza, 37th and Locust Walk

Penn Arts and Sciences professors squeeze a wealth of knowledge into just one minute as the 60-Second Lectures return this spring. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on Wednesdays in April for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch online at:

Rain Location: Houston Hall Bistro


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Marisa March Astronomy Night Shoemaker Green and David Rittenhouse Laboratory lobby

Stargazers of all ages are invited to spend an evening looking up!

Faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will help you explore the night sky through telescopes on Shoemaker Green. Special physics demonstrations and a discussion of the fate of the universe are also on the agenda. Join us for any or all of our free Astronomy Night events.

Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
The Fate of the Universe


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Penn DCC Conference: Citizens, Constitutions, and Democracy in Post-Neoliberal Latin America Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been widely hailed as a new dawn for Latin America, putting an end to the dominance of neoliberal policies in the region’s politics. This was signaled by the election of such leftist leaders as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva in Brazil – and their successors – and the success of indigenous politicians in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.  DCC is devoting 2014-15 to a regional theme, “Post-Neoliberal Latin America,” that highlights the importance of these developments not only for Latin America but for the world. The Program welcomes both empirical and normative scholarship, focused comparatively or on particular nations, regions, or communities, that explores the recent transformations in Latin America; the changing nature of its politics; the impact of political developments on civic and social inclusion; the continuing legacies of mass violence and civil war; the prospects and consequences of regional integration; the changing role of Latin America in the global political economy; and the scope and durability of the post-neoliberal turn.

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Refreshments

9 a.m.
Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC), University of Pennsylvania

9-10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Post-Liberal Democracy
George Ciccariello-Maher, Assistant Professor of History and Politics, Drexel University
Philippe Schmitter
, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, European University Institute
Discussant: Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Sigal Ben-Porath Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Panel 2: Courts and Constitutional Changes
Sandra Botero, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Roberto Gargarella, Professor of Law, University Torcuato Di Tella Law School
Discussant: Tukufu Zuberi, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies and The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

1:30-3 p.m.
Panel 3: Race and Ethnic Identities
Juliet Hooker, Associate Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin
Oscar Vega Camacho, Fundación Cultural del Banco Central de Bolivia
Discussant: Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Mauro Guillén, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, and Director of The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

3:15-5 p.m.
Panel 4: Citizenship and New forms of Participation
Thamy Pogrebinschi, Research Fellow in Democracy and Democratization, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Gisela Zaremberg, Professor of Social Sciences, FLACSO México
Discussant: Tulia Falleti, The Class of 1965 Term Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

5-6 p.m.


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Penn Arts & Sciences BEN Talks – NYC The Union Club - New York City, (Corner of East 69th Street and Park Avenue)

Modeled after the popular TED Talks, BEN Talks will give our acclaimed faculty ten minutes each to deliver their “ideas worth sharing,” bringing to life the innovative vision and future of Penn Arts and Sciences.

Hosted by Penn Arts and Sciences Overseer
Dhan Pai, W’83, PAR’12, PAR’15 and
Heena Pai, PAR’12, PAR’15

We invite you to join Dean Steven J. Fluharty, faculty, and fellow alumni and parents of Penn Arts and Sciences for an evening of stimulating conversation and an exclusive glimpse into the exciting new frontiers ahead.

6 p.m. | Reception
7 p.m. | Program

*Space is limited*

Dress code: Business attire - jacket and tie required.

Featured BEN Talks will highlight:

Diversity, Inequality, and Human Well-Being
Martha Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society
Humanities in the Digital Age
Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies, Department Chair, and Undergraduate Studies Chair
Energy, Sustainability, and Environment
Dan Mindiola, Presidential Term Professor of Chemistry
Mapping the Mind

Sharon Thompson-Schill, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience



6:00 pm
Big Questions in Cosmology Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419 - Rose Recital Hall, 3340 Walnut St.

Cosmologists have made spectacular progress in understanding our universe over the last twenty years, but a number of “big questions” remain. What happened at the big bang? What is this mysterious dark energy driving cosmic acceleration? Howard Burton, host and CEO of Ideas Roadshow and founding director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, will moderate a public discussion among five world-leading cosmologists to explore the current state of the field in an accessible yet potentially speculative way. The event will be co-hosted by the Center for Particle Cosmology and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Penn.


9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alumni Weekend 2015

10–11 a.m.
60-Second Slam!
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419 - Rose Recital Hall
3340 Walnut Street

Join us for breakfast during an hour-long roundup of our famous 60-Second Lectures. Stephen A. Levin Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor, and Professor of Mathematics Dennis DeTurck will moderate this event. The live lectures, given by Penn Arts and Sciences’ foremost faculty and students, prove that a world of knowledge can be condensed into just 60 seconds. Vote for your favorite lecture, and see who walks away with the grand prize.

1–3 p.m.
Penn Back Then
Penn Arts and Sciences tent and around campus

Alumni from all generations are invited to contribute notable Penn anecdotes and remembrances to Penn Back Then. Look for roving Penn Back Then recorders and tell them your best story for this web-based audio scrapbook. For past recordings, visit: