On the heels of an election that revealed deep divisions in our society, one thing that most can agree on is the urgent need for respectful, open discussion on the issues that divide us. In a special series of programs this winter and spring, Penn Arts and Sciences will work to promote the necessary conversations. This site highlights events and other opportunities to engage as a community to consider issues in our democratic society, along with contributions from our faculty and videos and other content to help spread the dialogue across campus and beyond.
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Rogers Smith, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, offers his take on why the firing of James Comey, as well as Trump’s use of executive action and social media, is challenging the balance of power in Washington.
U.S. Foreign Policy in a Trump Administration: A Three-Month Review (Video)
In our April Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series, a panel of faculty experts from the Department of Political Science assessed the first few months of the Trump administration and what they suggest about the present and future of U.S. foreign policy, from Asia to Europe to the Middle East and beyond.
Inglorious Comparisons: Roundtable Discussion
Presented by Penn’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. In the pages of newspapers of record in the United States and Europe, historical comparisons to current political events are flying thick and fast. The European history of the early twentieth century – in particular the rise of European fascism – has become an omnipresent simile. Featuring professors Frank Trommler, Jonathan Steinberg, Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College), and Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY).
Immigration and Global Inequality
A panel discussion with Michael Jones-Correa (Political Science), Emilio Parrado (Sociology), and Tukufu Zuberi (Sociology and Africana Studies). Moderated by Dean Steven J. Fluharty, School of Arts and Sciences.
Trump, Philosophy, and American Politics: Philosophical Implications of the 45th Presidency (Full Event Video)
Penn conference brought together scholars to discuss issues raised by the election, the transition of power, and the new presidential administration.
Ian Lustick, the Bess W. Heyman Professor, discusses President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees on NPR’s On Point podcast.
The Fels Institute of Government is pleased to announce the launch of a new Inclusive Public Leadership series. On Wednesday, January 25th, the event series kicked off with a workshop focused on how to understand and influence the legislative process.
Daniel Hopkins, associate professor of political science, authors an op-ed on public opinion on immigration.
Ralph Rosen, Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities, on satire, from ancient Greece to “Saturday Night Live.”
Kevin M. F. Platt of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures blogs about Russia, election hacking, and conspiracy theory for The Huffington Post.
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities Launches Project to Protect Vulnerable Climate Change Research
Making Multicultural Democracy Work in the Trump Years
A panel discussion with a Q&A session.
Amy Kaplan, Edward G. Kane Professor of English, authors an op-ed.
Political scientist Daniel Hopkins talks about how immigration played out in the election in this podcast.
Knowledge by the Slice: Election 2016: What Just Happened?
A panel of political scientists discuss election night.
A conversation with Jamal J. Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and scholar of Islamic thought, culture, and history.
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history and Africana studies, discusses her book, Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy.
Knowledge by the Slice: New Realities of Latin American Migration to the United States: Implications for Policy Discussions
Robert Kurzban, professor of psychology, addresses voter rationality.
A thriving Native-American language program makes Penn a Quechua hub.
Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
Although the privileges and protections provided by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship. In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge.