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Jul
12

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ira Harkavy The Engaged Research University in the 21st CenturyPenn Lightbulb Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Ira Harkavy, a leader in integrating research, learning, and service, will discuss Benjamin Franklin’s revolutionary vision for American higher education. Though it has yet to be put into practice, significant improvements locally, nationally, and globally have occurred during the past 25 years toward creating the engaged, democratic, civic university dedicated to the progressive betterment of the human condition. Harkavy, who teaches in the Departments of History, Urban Studies, and Africana Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education, will describe the historical progression of the engaged research university and discuss how we might realize Franklin’s vision in the 21st century.

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.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, 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.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe



Aug
16

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Meredith Tamminga Jami Fisher American Sign Language and the Philadelphia “Accent” World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

American Sign Language in Philadelphia is anecdotally different from variations of ASL in other places, and Department of Linguistics Lecturer Jami Fisher and Assistant Professor Meredith Tamminga want to know why. Through interviews with members of the local deaf community, they’re working to answer questions like what differentiates Philly ASL and how scientists might better understand regional variation. Eventually they’d like to turn what they’ve documented of this “accent” into an online, openly available resource. For this café, the researchers will discuss the project’s progress and share some of their interviews.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. 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 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.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe