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.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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.
Levin Family Dean’s Forum
Reza Aslan, Religion Scholar and Author
In a world where Muslim people are so often colored by one sweeping prejudicial brush, Reza Aslan’s principled and logical defense is a direly needed corrective. In a talk rich in historical and factual detail, he will deliver a wake-up call for North Americans to confront and abolish hatred and discrimination against Muslim people—otherwise known as Islamophobia. As the American Muslim population is predicted to more than double over the next two decades (from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030), eradicating Islamophobia for good should be first and foremost in the minds of everyone who dreams of a more peaceful, equitable world.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium
On the Uses and Abuses of Historical Analogy
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. The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures invites you to a series of discussions intended to test the merit of such inglorious comparisons and of historical analogy more broadly.
Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, Penn
Professor Emeritus of German, Penn
Thursday, February 23, 2017
World Forum, Perry World House