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May
12

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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 is required, and men are required to wear a jacket and tie.

Featured BEN Talks will highlight:

Poverty and the Brain
Martha Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society

Leaf, Scroll, Paper, Drive
Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies, Department Chair, and Undergraduate Studies Chair
 
Natural Gas: Can We Do More Than Just Burn It?
Dan Mindiola, Presidential Term Professor of Chemistry
 
Advantages of Being Uninhibited

Sharon Thompson-Schill, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Host Committee Volunteers:

  • Bradley Feingerts C’06          
  • Jackie Friedland C’99, L’00
  • Rachel Gogel C'09   
  • Jing Jin C’09               
  • Anastasia Kouriatova C’09   
  • Hillary Reinsberg C’11            
  • Josephine Shin C’01               
  • Desiree Tunstall C’06             
  • Danny Urgelles C’11, W’11

 

 



May
15

6:00 pm
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Big Questions in Cosmology Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419 - Rose Recital Hall, 3340 Walnut St.

Cosmologists have made spectacular progress in understanding our universe over the last twenty years, but a number of “big questions” remain. What happened at the big bang? What is this mysterious dark energy driving cosmic acceleration? Howard Burton, host and CEO of Ideas Roadshow and founding director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, will moderate a public discussion among five world-leading cosmologists to explore the current state of the field in an accessible yet potentially speculative way. The event will be co-hosted by the Center for Particle Cosmology and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Penn.



May
16

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Alumni Weekend 2015

10–11 a.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/