Events

Sep
7

11:55 am - 12:00 pm
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Charles Yang How Do Children Learn to Count?60-Second Lecture Stitler 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 fall. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on the first three Wednesdays in September for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch past lectures online at: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall, Bistro



Sep
13

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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John Lapinski The 2016 Election: Research and DataPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Associate Professor of Political Science John Lapinski directs Penn’s Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) and the Elections Unit at NBC News. The latter projects races for NBC and analyzes and produces election-related stories through exit polls for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, and NBC’s digital properties. Lapinski will provide an overview of the 2016 presidential race from the perspective of covering it from the Decision Desk at NBC News, along with a look at pre-election polling. 

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. 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 Café 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



Sep
14

11:55 am - 12:00 pm
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Coren Apicella What Can Hunter-Gatherers Teach Us About Human Psychology?60-Second Lecture Stitler 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 fall. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on the first three Wednesdays in September for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch past lectures online at: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall, Bistro



Sep
21

11:55 am - 12:00 pm
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Simon Richter The Many Languages of Sustainability60-Second Lecture Stitler 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 fall. Stop by Stiteler Plaza on the first three Wednesdays in September for quick and innovative talks on science, art, technology, and society.

Watch past lectures online at: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall, Bistro



Sep
27

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Vijay Balasubramanian Decoding Your Mental GPS: Transcendental Numbers in the BrainPenn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The brain uses specialized neurons known as place and grid cells to keep track of location. The discovery of the latter earned researchers a Nobel Prize, but the way the brain encodes and decodes this information is still a mystery. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers, led by Vijay Balasubramanian, has a theory for how grid cells work together to pinpoint an organism’s location on a mental map. He’ll explain how the brain’s many overlapping grids are connected by a special ratio, organizing them into something akin to the decimal system. 

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. 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 Café 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



Oct
18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Michael Leja A History of Print Advertising in the Presidential RacePenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Michael Leja, a professor of art history, studies the visual arts in various media from the 19th and 20th centuries, including painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, and illustrations. His work focuses on understanding visual artifacts in relation to contemporary cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments and in a historical context. In this Café, Leja will explore what it was like when presidential candidates first began using print advertisements.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. 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 Café 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



Oct
25

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Alain Plante The Carbon Beneath Our FeetPenn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

There is more carbon in the earth’s soils than in the atmosphere and plants combined. There is also six times more carbon exchanged annually between soils and the atmosphere, primarily as carbon dioxide, compared to annual fossil fuel emissions. Yet, as Leonardo DaVinci said, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” In this talk, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science Alain Plante will describe the role soils play in the global carbon cycle and in sustainable agriculture and land use.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. 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 Café 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



Nov
1

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Daniel Hopkins Ethnicity, Race, and Voting Behaviors of AmericansPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

In the final Penn Lightbulb Café before the 2016 presidential election, political scientist Daniel Hopkins will discuss what has driven the campaign, from how people decide on a candidate to who will likely turn out to vote. Generally, Hopkins studies questions related to racial politics, ethnicity, immigration, and urban politics and is writing a book about the nationalization of Americans’ voting behavior. He has a secondary appointment at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. 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 Café 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



Dec
6

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Daniel Gillion Governing With WordsPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

An associate professor of political science, Daniel Q. Gillion studies racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy, and the American presidency. In his latest book Governing With Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy and Inequality in America, he tackles the direct influence politicians’ race-conscious speeches have had on government productivity and changes in societal behavior. He also examines how a shift to “colorblind” policies has unexpectedly reduced discussions of racial inequality. But for politicians, he says, talking about race is not as harmful as once thought and can actually be beneficial.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. 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 Café 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