9:00 am - 5:00 pm
DCC Annual Conference: Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/RaceCivil Discourse at Penn Arts and Sciences Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall, 3401 Spruce Street
  • Although privileges and protections provided by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship.  In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge.

  • Schedule
    9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

    Chair: Emily Hannum, University of Pennsylvania
    Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
    Nancy Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania

    9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
    Sexualities, Citizenship, and Exclusion
    hair: Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania
    Paul Mepschen, Universiteit Van Amsterdam
    Tracy Robinson, University of the West Indies, at Mona
    Discussant: Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Masculinity, From Margin to Center
    Erez Aloni
    , Whittier Law School
    Charles Mills, Northwestern University
    Discussant: David Eng, University of Pennsylvania

    1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    Marginalized Populations and Civic Space
    Chair: Amy Hillier, University of Pennsylvania
    Samantha Majic, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Michael Rembis, University at Buffalo
    Discussant: Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania

    3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Sexual Violence, Violent States
    Chair: Anne Teitelman, University of Pennsylvania
    Mishuana Goeman, UCLA
    Kimberly Theidon, Tufts University
    Discussant: Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania

    4:45 - 5:00 p.m.
    Concluding Discussion and Remarks

    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Organized by the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism.





9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alumni Weekend 2017

Penn Arts and Sciences Tent on College Green
Saturday, May 13
Noon–3:30 p.m.
College Green

Be sure to stop by the Penn Arts and Sciences tent for an opportunity to reconnect with other College alumni, pick up some unique Penn swag, pose in the photo booth, share your Penn story to be featured on Penn Back Then, find out about opportunities to get involved, learn about new alumni programming, and much more. Follow Penn Arts and Sciences on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @PennSAS. Share your photos, videos and posts with #PennStartsHere and #PennAW

Penn Back Then
Saturday, May 13
Noon–3:30 p.m.
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:

60-Second Slam - Watch Live on Facebook and Twitter!
Saturday, May 13
Watch from 11 a.m.–noon

Can’t make it to Alumni Weekend? Watch a live stream of the Penn Arts and Sciences 60-Second Slam on Facebook and Twitter @PennSAS. 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.


6:00 pm
Timothy Powell What Standing Rock Protests Can Teach Us about Climate Change AdvocacyPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

Timothy Powell will discuss his research on why the Sioux Water Keepers were successful at the first standoff at Standing Rock. He will share stories told by Native people who went to Standing Rock and will talk about how indigenous storytelling and philosophy can teach the world new ways to talk about climate change.

Powell’s talk will explore the Lakota phrase “Mitákuye Oyás’in,” meaning “all my relations” in English, and what this concept of interrelatedness can mean to environmental scientists, advocates, and the general public at a historical moment in climate change.

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

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