12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2018 Grad Ben Talks Irvine Auditorium, Cafe 58, 3401 Spruce Street

Grad Ben Talks

Please join us for an afternoon of TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts and Sciences graduate students representing the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional master's programs.

Judges select winners in each of the four categories for a $500 cash prize.  There will also be a $500 cash prize for the overall Audience Choice Winner, selected by online votes.

The event is open to the Penn community and the general public.  And there's plenty of delicious food throughout the day!

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
DCC Annual Conference: States of Religious FreedomCivil Discourse at Penn Arts and Sciences

What is religious freedom? Can it truly be universal? What are the rights of religious minorities when set against a nation's popular majority? And when religious liberties seemingly conflict with gender and sexuality rights, which should prevail if the conflict cannot be resolved?  

In its 2018 Annual Conference, The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will address these challenging questions and disucss how the U.S. accomodates, or hinders, religious expression, culture, and the practice of religious freedom.

This year's panelists will include: Lori G. Beaman (University of Ottawa), W. Cole Durham (Brigham Young University), R. Marie Griffith (Washington University in St. Louis), Nadia Marzouki (Harvard Kennedy School), Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame), and Winifred Sullivan (Indiana University at Bloomington).

Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Religious Studies.

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