Events

Jan
30

5:30 pm
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Charles Blow Joy-Ann Reid Camille Charles The 16th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street

Joy-Ann Reid, host of AM Joy on MSNBC, and Charles Blow, New York Times columnist, are two liberal journalists who have been vocal about our recent election and represent the intersections between journalism, race and politics. 

This lecture is presented by the Center for Africana Studies and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seating is general admission. 
Free and open to the public.



Feb
3

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Trump, Philosophy, and American Politics: Philosophical Implications of the 45th Presidency Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17

The goal of this conference is to begin a series of critical, philosophical examinations of the issues raised by the election, transition, and early days of the Trump presidency. 

12:00 p.m. Opening Comments

12:15 p.m. Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania: "The Rise of Trump... How Did Race Matter?"

12:45 p.m. Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University: "Varieties of Manipulative Meaning in Trumpian Talk"

1:15 p.m. Eugene Kiely, FactCheck.org, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania: "The Media and Donald Trump"

1:45 p.m. David Livingstone Smith, University of New England: "The Politics of Salvation"

2:15 p.m. Coffee Break

2:30 p.m. Kenneth Taylor, Stanford University: "Philosophy and Resistance in the Age of Trump"

3:00 p.m. Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania: "The Trump Administration and the Future of the Rule of Law"

3:30 p.m. Alex Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania: "Institutional Sanity as a Political Value: Five Questions for Electoral Democracy"

4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:15 p.m. Lisa Miracchi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania: "Liberals Own Up: Diagnosing Our Intellectual Role in Producing Post-Truth Politics"

4:45 p.m. Jason Stanley, Yale University: "Authoritarian Propaganda”

5:15 p.m. Final Discussion

5:45 p.m. Reception


Organized by the Department of Philosophy.

 




Feb
6

6:30 pm
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Herman Beavers Janice A. Lowe Monday Poets - Janice A. Lowe & Herman Beavers Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

The Free Library is pleased to present The Monday Poets on the first Monday of every month, October through April. Now in its 21st year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented local and regional poets.

Herman Beaver’s latest poetry project turns to Toni Morrison’s Beloved as a source for a cycle of poems on Sethe’s two sons, Howard and Buglar, that will situate them in circumstances ranging from the Civil War and the Spanish-American War to Tammany Hall in New York City; Wilberforce University to the early stages of the Great Migration. Beavers is a professor of English and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Janice A. Lowe is a composer and poet. Her collection Leaving CLE: poems of nomadic dispersal moves from Cleveland to New York City to Tuscaloosa’s "schoolhouse door" and back. A Jonathan Larson Dramatists Guild Fellow, Lowe has composed over 200 theater songs.

Monday Poets readings are moderated by Lamont Dixon and take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Copies of the featured poets books may be available for cash purchase after the reading. Time permitting, at the end there may be a short open-mic session. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia's Literature Department at 215-686-5402.



Feb
7

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Bethany Wiggin Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances and Radical Hope on an Urban RiverPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

The banks of the lower, tidal Schuylkill River in Philadelphia support both an oil refinery and a bird sanctuary. The river is home to the eastern seaboard's largest oil port, in operation since the 1870s, and long-standing residential neighborhoods. This talk explores the history of these entanglements, drawing on collaborations of artists, scientists, historians, community partners, and urban planners catalyzed by the WetLand Project, a floating lab for experiments in sustainability, moored at Bartram's Garden. And it asks, how we might hope to envision the future of this river and the many lives it sustains?

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 Cafй 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



Feb
8

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Mark Trodden Bhuvnesh Jain Beyond Einstein? Gravity and the Search for New PhysicsKnowledge by the Slice Irvine Auditorium, Cafe 58, 3401 Spruce Street

One of the central goals of physics is to discover the fundamental particles of nature and to uncover the basic laws that describe their behavior. The recent Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) observation of gravitational waves emitted by colliding black holes represents the dawn of the age of gravitational wave astronomy. It has highlighted the role that tests of gravitational physics can play in this endeavor, beautifully complementing the work of particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful microscope. Astronomical measurements of the distribution and lensing of galaxies have opened up their own window onto fundamental physics. A suite of ongoing experiments are pursuing the possibility that a breakdown of Einstein’s General Relativity might provide our first glimpse into the physics of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, string theory, or other new theories which attempt to solve outstanding puzzles in physics.

Penn Arts and Sciences' long-running Knowledge by the Slice series offers educational talks led by insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there's pizza? So come for the discussion and have a slice on us. 

Can't make it to the lecture? Watch a live stream of Knowledge by the Slice on Facebook and Twitter.
You can also view past Knowledge by the Slice lectures here.



Feb
21

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lauren Sallan The Rise of Tiny FishPenn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

The 64,000 living species of vertebrates dominate ecosystems on land (as tetrapods, including humans) and in the sea (as ray-fin fishes and sharks.) The rise of vertebrates in the Paleozoic (542-250 million years ago) is usually cast as a gradual march towards bigger and better things. Paleontologist Lauren Sallan will describe how new, 'big data' approaches to the early fossil record have shown that modern vertebrate biodiversity is the unlikely, but predictable, result of global change, environmental challenges, ecological interactions, and even mass extinction.

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 

 



Feb
23

4:30 pm
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Reza Aslan Fear Inc.: Confronting Islamophobia in AmericaLevin Family Dean's Forum Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South Street

Featuring internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions Reza Aslan.

Reza Aslan

In a world where Muslim people are so often colored by one sweeping prejudicial brush, Reza Aslan’s principled and logical defense is a direly needed corrective. In a talk rich in historical and factual detail, he will deliver a wake-up call for North Americans to confront and abolish hatred and discrimination against Muslim people—otherwise known as Islamophobia. As the American Muslim population is predicted to more than double over the next two decades (from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030), eradicating Islamophobia for good should be first and foremost in the minds of everyone who dreams of a more peaceful, equitable world.

The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his sons Eric T. Levin, C’92, and Andrew Levin, C'14.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.



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
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



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