Events

Mar
7

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Brendan O’Leary What Are the Implications of UKEXIT for Northern Ireland and Ireland? Can the Good Friday Agreement Survive?Penn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

Brendan O’Leary, a U.S. and Irish citizen, will discuss what the so-called BREXIT might mean for both parts of Ireland, including the likely outcomes, good and not-so-good.  A specialist in power sharing and constitutional reconstruction, O’Leary has worked with the European Union, the United Nations, and the Kurds of Iraq. He was also influential in the making of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which offered a peaceful resolution to nearly 30 years of conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. 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 Cafe 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 bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe



Mar
14

5:00 pm
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Ernesto Vaca Fausto Rodríguez Galápagos: Then and Now Perry World House Forum, 3803 Locust Walk

Penn Philosophy presents an evening with Galápagos naturalists Ernesto Vaca and Fausto Rodríguez. 

https://philosophy.sas.upenn.edu/events/gal%C3%A1pagos-then-and-now-1



Mar
17

12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Grad Ben Talks International House Philadelphia, South America Room, 3701 Chestnut Street

 


A day of TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts and Sciences graduate students representing the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional master’s programs. Each student will present a 10-minute talk to an audience of undergraduates, faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students. Judges will select winners in each of the four categories, and each winner will receive a $500 cash prize. All will be invited to a closing reception where winners will be announced.

Presentations: Noon–5 p.m.
Reception: 5–6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

This competition is open to students enrolled in any of Penn Arts and Sciences’ graduate groups or professional master’s programs. 
Enter now! Deadline February 17.




Mar
21

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Richard Berk Big Data and Algorithms: Can They Be Fair and Accurate at the Same Time?Penn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

Working with Penn colleagues in statistics and computer science, Richard Berk develops and deploys algorithms that assist in criminal-justice decision making. His computer software is used to help inform whether a prison inmate is released on parole and the kind of supervision provided to individuals on probation. He is currently working on projects regarding release decisions at arraignment and police handling of incidents of intimate-partner violence. In each application, the goal is to improve current practice. Nevertheless, these tools can be controversial because of errors and potential unfairness for the people affected. Are there tradeoffs between accurate forecasts of criminal behavior and fairness, and what about the consequences for potential crime victims?

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. 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 Cafe 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 bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe



Mar
30

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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David Yokum Tales of Psychological Science from City Hall to Oval OfficeGoldstone Forum Claudia Cohen Hall, Terrace Room, 249 Soth 36th Street

There is currently a unique attempt, emerging from within government itself, to integrate the insights and experimental methods from the psychological sciences directly into day-to-day governance. David Yokum, a founding fellow of Obama’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, will talk about the latest work emerging from the front lines, most notably a new initiative, The Lab @ DC, from the District of Columbia Government. As part of exploring the unique roles that social scientists can play in experiment-based policy-making, he’ll touch on examples ranging from a randomized controlled trial of police body-worn cameras to a “form-a-palooza” that aims to systematically improve every government form based on psychological insights. He will also describe a novel effort underway to integrate open science principles and political process.

About the Speaker

David Yokum, J.D., Ph.D. is director of The Lab @ DC in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia Government. David was previously a founding member of the White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and director of its scientific delivery unit, housed at the U.S. General Services Administration. David’s expertise draws on the cognitive foundations of judgment and decision-making and, in particular, how that knowledge and associated methodologies can be extended into applied settings. His work has been published in journals such as Health Affairs and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and received media coverage from outlets such as NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. David earned a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Arizona (UA), a law degree from the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, a Master’s degree in bioethics and medical humanities from the University of South Florida, and a B.S. in biology from Birmingham-Southern College.



Apr
4

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Nancy Steinhardt How Chinese Architecture Became Modern, 1927-1977Penn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

From 1927, when the first group of Chinese architects trained abroad returned home, to 1977, the year Mao Zedong died, Chinese architecture transformed from buildings like the Forbidden City to a modern building system inspired by Western architecture. France, the United States, the Soviet Union, Taiwan, and Japan are all part of this story that takes place during the war-torn 1930s and 1940s, through the Soviet advisors of the 1950s and the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Sun Yat-sen and Mao were central to China’s drive toward modernism in this tumultuous half-century.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. 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 Cafe 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 bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe