12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ralph Rosen The Best Doctor Is Also a Philosopher: Galen on Science, Humanities, and the ArtsKnowledge by the Slice Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall

Rosen will discuss the relationship between the humanities and the sciences as framed by the second-century Greek physician, surgeon, researcher, and philosopher Galen in his work That the Best Physician Is Also a Philosopher. One of the most accomplished medical researchers in antiquity, Galen influenced the development of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic. He included poetry and music in his list of “high” and “useful” arts along with medicine, mathematics, and rhetoric.

Penn Arts and Sciences' Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series offers educational talks led by insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there's pizza? So sit back, relax—and have a slice on us.

Can't make it to the lecture? Now you can watch Knowledge by the Slice live online! Visit to learn more, sign up for an email reminder, or view the lecture. You can also view past Knowledge by the Slice lectures at:


7:00 pm
Tamara Walker Thinking with the Past: Race, Clothing, and Status in Colonial Peru Parkway Central Library, Room 108, 1901 Vine Street, 19103

The University of Pennsylvania History Department Presents Thinking with the Past at the Philadelphia Free Library.

Tamara Walker will explore the role of clothing in the ethnically diverse, urban, slaveholding society of Peru. She will specifically consider the ways that slaves and free blacks dressed to express their identities, negotiate their status, and challenge the dominant norms.

Walker is an assistant professor of history at Penn Arts and Sciences. Her work focuses on the daily lives and self-regard of Africans and their descendants in colonial Spanish America. 

RSVP is recommended, but not required.  RSVP HERE!

For more information, please contact Octavia Carr.


11:55 am - 12:00 pm
Jonathan Moreno Impromptu Man60-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


6:00 pm
The Hip-Hop Fellow Annenberg School for Communication, Room 110, 3620 Walnut Street

The Center for Africana Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, and Africana Studies UAB Present

The Hip-Hop Fellow

A film screening and Q&A discussion with

9th Wonder

The Hip-Hop Fellow
follows Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University, as he teaches the course "The Standards of Hip-Hop" and explores hip-hop's history, culture, and role in an academic setting. 


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Evelyn Brodkin States of Inequality: Insights from Street-Level Research on the Welfare State College Hall, Room 209 - History Dept. Lounge

Drawing on her recent edited volume, Work and the Welfare State, Brodkin discusses two developments affecting contemporary welfare state politics: the advance of workfare-style policies in an increasing number of countries and a distinct, but related, transnational project of governance reform that targets street-level organizations (SLOs). Evidence from international studies shows how, together, these initiatives are pushing back against the welfare state’s equalizing capacities and intensifying the precariousness of life for those at the economic margins.

-- From “Introduction,” Work and the Welfare State (2013)


About the Speaker

Evelyn Brodkin is an associate professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. A scholar of public policy and management, she examines the history, experiences, and contradictions of U.S. efforts to address poverty and inequality. Her research investigates political conflicts over social policy, how street-level organizations mediate policy and politics, and, the spread of workfare-style arrangements around the world. She takes up these issues in her co-edited book, Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics, which investigates the politics and practices of the workfare in six countries. In addition, research examining the street-level organizations that bring policy to people has led to a series of publications, including, "Reflections on Street-Level Bureaucracy: Past, Present, and Future" (Public Administration Review) and a special symposium, "Putting Street-Level Organizations First: New Directions for Research" (Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Beyond its impact on scholarship, Brodkin's research has contributed to social welfare advocacy, policymaking, and practice. She has been invited to speak on her policy and organizational research in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.K.


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Erica Dobbs Michael Jones-Correa Rahsaan Maxwell Constituents without Citizenship: Immigrant Civic Inclusion in New Destinations College Hall, Room 205

Why do some political actors seek to include  immigrants in civic life—for example, widening the pathway to citizenship or encouraging electoral participation—while others are indifferent or actively seek to exclude new arrivals?  In this manuscript workshop, SSPF Postdoctoral Fellow Erica Dobbs explores variation in civic outreach to immigrants in “new destinations,” societies where immigration is a recent phenomenon.  Drawing on the cases of Spain, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, the project considers why similar political actors facing similar waves of migration respond in such different ways, and argues that understanding how societies managed demands for greater civic inclusion from its own minority groups in the past can help us explain civic outreach to immigrants in the present.

Michael Jones-Correa (Professor of Government, Cornell) and Rahsaan Maxwell (Associate Professor of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill) will comment on Dobbs' manuscript.

“Why do some native political actors take on the task of incorporating new immigrants while others ignore or actively move to exclude them from civic life? I argue that these differences in how native political actors in receiving countries respond to immigrants in the present are due to how they have settled internal social conflicts in the past. Specifically, I argue that the ability and willingness of native political actors in new destination countries to take action in order to bring new immigrants into civic life depends on how these societies have dealt with the political inclusion of their own native minorities.

"I find that past social conflict over the political exclusion of minorities - whether religious, ethnic, or cultural - can lead to the development of minority-friendly political and social institutions, empower previously marginalized minority groups, and establish social narratives oriented towards addressing issues of marginalization and exclusion. When confronted with new immigration, these previously marginalized groups and other beneficiaries of these reforms may repurpose the institutions and narratives developed to address the past civic exclusion of natives in order to facilitate the civic inclusion of new immigrants. In this way, countries with a legacy of deep social conflict may be better prepared to deal with new immigration than their more stable counterparts.”  – From the introduction to Constituents without Citizenship

Erica Dobbs, this year's SSPF Postdoctoral Fellow, received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September 2013, after earning her B.A. in history from Howard University, and her M.P.P. at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Her research focuses on how the global movement of both capital and labor drives local political actors to re-evaluate notions of citizenship and identity, strategies for collective action, and the structure of institutions.  In her dissertation project, she explores when and why native political actors in countries where immigration is a relatively recent phenomenon move to treat new immigrants as constituents.  Her next project will focus on “Justice for Janitors” campaigns in the U.S. South and will examine the viability of this approach to mobilizing low-wage service workers outside of traditional union strongholds.


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 21st 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.  As the culmination of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism’s year-long examination of these transformations sweeping through Latin America, international scholars gather to discuss the implications for democracy, stable governance and popular wellbeing in the region. 

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

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

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

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

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