6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jamal Elias Why There’s Opposition to Depictions of MuhammadPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

After events like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad, and on other satirists and cartoonists in Europe, many may be wondering if depictions of Muhammad are actually forbidden in Islamic scripture. From where does this aversion to pictorial representations arise? And are all Muslims similarly offended? Elias’ talk explores such questions within a broader context of cultural and political conflicts.

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.

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.


11:55 am - 12:00 pm
Paul Rozin Why Do Some Oppose Genetically Modified Foods?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: www.sas.upenn.edu/60second

Rain Location: Houston Hall Bistro


12:00 pm
Aliya Saperstein The Past and Present Significance of Racial Mobility 103 McNeil Building

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford Univestity. Professor Saperstein's work focuses on the social processes through which people come to perceive, name and deploy “racial” differences—in public discourse, academic research and their everyday lives—and their consequences for explaining, and reinforcing, social inequality.  Her current research projects explore: (1) The relationship between individual-level racial fluidity and the maintenance of group boundaries, racial stereotypes and hierarchies. (2) The implications of methodological decisions, especially the measurement of race and ethnicity in surveys, for studies of stratification and health disparities.


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

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 Knowledge by the Slice Live to learn more, sign up for an email reminder, or view the lecture. You can also view past Knowledge by the Slice lectures at: www.sas.upenn.edu/slice


9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Citizens, Constitutions, and Democracy in Post-Neoliberal Latin America Irvine Auditorium

As the culmination of our year-long examination of the transformations sweeping through Latin America, international scholars gather to discuss the implications for democracy, stable governance and popular wellbeing in the region. 

Panels include:

Post-Liberal Democracy
George Ciccariello-Maher (Drexel University Dept. of History and Politics)
Philippe Schmitter (European University Institute, Political and Social Sciences)

Courts and Constitutional Changes
Sandra Botero (University of Notre Dame Dept. of Political Science)
Roberto Gargarella (University Torcuato Di Tella Law School)

Race and Ethnic Identities
Juliet Hooker (University of Texas at Austin Dept. of Government)
Nancy Postero (UC-San Diego Dept. of Anthropology)

Citizenship and New forms of Participation
Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Democracy and Democratization Research Unit)
Gisela Zaremberg (FLACSO México)