9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rogers Smith Michael X. Delli Carpini Annual DCC Conference: Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

The long-term impacts of any disruptive new technology are difficult to predict. What will web-based, mobile, and social media mean to democracy?

  • Democratization of news and information—or weakened legitimacy of journalists?
  • Improved efficiency and accountability—or new tools for government and corporate surveillance? 
  • Democratic movements against repressive regimes—or greater means of repression? 
  • The facilitation of civic and political engagement—or a diversion from public life and issues? 
  • New forms of citizenship and identity that cross national and social boundaries—or hardened divides?
  • Public spaces for deliberation and rational discourse—or the amplification of extreme voices?   

The 2016 Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Conference seeks to assess the complex impact of the radically evolving media landscape on democratic politics, as well as on the closely related issues of citizenship and constitutional government, both in the United States and around the globe. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will shed light on these issues in the hope of providing a clearer vision of future promise and peril.

For more information, please visit: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/dcc/event/annual-dcc-conference-digital-media-and-futures-democracy


9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alumni Weekend 2016

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Ten Years Later: The Evolution of Public Understanding of Science
Silverman Hall, Room 245A–Bernard Segal Moot Court Room, 3501 Sansom St.

Ten years ago, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District set the stage for a national debate on the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design (ID) as an alternative to evolution. Before the trial, Michael Weisberg, professor and department chair of philosophy, co-authored a letter in support of the teachers who argued against the inclusion of ID. Now Weisberg, Eric Rothschild, L’93, and other Penn experts look back at the case and its aftermath, the current state of public acceptance and understanding of science, and what we can do to communicate better. Sponsored by Penn Arts and Sciences, Penn Law, and Penn Alumni Education.

11–12 p.m.
60-Second Slam!
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419 - Rose Recital Hall
3340 Walnut Street

Join us for breakfast during an hour-long roundup of our famous 60-Second Lectures. Stephen A. Levin Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor, and Professor of Mathematics Dennis DeTurck will moderate this event. 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. Vote for your favorite lecture and see who walks away with the grand prize. 

12:30–3:30 p.m.
Penn Arts and Sciences Tent on 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 Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @PennSAS. Share your photos, videos, and posts with #PennStartsHere and #PennAW

1–3 p.m.
Penn Back Then
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: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/pennbackthen/