Past Other Events

January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017
Location: Houston, TX
Description: The main aim of the conference is to bring together educators and policy makers from the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share their research with colleagues and students. The conference is sponsored by the Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston, Center for Geospatial and Population Studies, University of New Mexico and the International Applied Demography Association. A reception will be held on the evening of Friday, January 6, with a full day of sessions on Saturday, January 7 and a half day session on Sunday, January 8.
December 9, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Dr. Denise Mauzerall Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs - Princeton University
Location: Perry World House
Description: As a result of rapid industrialization, China now frequently suffers from extremely high levels of health damaging fine particulate air pollution and agriculture damaging elevated surface ozone pollution. In addition, China’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the largest in the world. Both air pollution and climate issues have gained intense domestic and international attention with new Chinese government policies intended to reduce air pollution emissions and peak CO2 emissions before 2030. However, although many air pollutants are emitted from the same energy technologies that emit CO2, and air quality co-benefits from reducing CO2 are known, strategic planning to optimize dual achievement of both goals has not taken place. Perry World House and the Earth & Environmental Science Department invite you to join Dr. Denise Mauzerall (Princeton) as she discusses her research evaluating current energy policies under consideration and possible future opportunities for 2030.
December 9, 2016
Emilio Parrado Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, Sociology Chair - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Forum
Description: The New Urban Agenda, adopted in October at Habitat III, outlines three components that are critical to its “effective implementation”: 1) planning and managing urban spatial development; 2) building supportive urban governance structures; and 3) developing a wide range of means for implementation, including financing mechanisms. This Perry World House workshop will convene a series of multi-stakeholder conversations that help inform and advance these topics at Penn and beyond, with a special focus on inclusivity. The workshop is framed by Perry World House’s research theme Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography and will inform its Global Shifts conference, April 20-21, 2017, focused on marginalization and inequality. It will be driven by the overarching question: Under what conditions does urbanization create inclusive, sustainable development?
December 2, 2016 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Mark Roberts Director of Penn State FSRDC - Pennsylvania State University
Location: Houston Hall, Room 250
Description: The workshop will provide an overview of the data available through the PFSRDC, the process of getting access to the data, and information on proposal development.
December 1, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Daniel Gillion Presidential Associate Professor - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
Description: IN THE WAKE OF THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, while some voters feel hopeful that America can be made "great again," others fear that this signals a furious backlash against decades of increasing cultural diversity and progress in recognizing the rights of racial, sexual, and ethnic minorities. White nationalists have been emboldened, and it is possible that the efforts already underway to roll back voting rights in many states can now proceed without substantial opposition from the federal government. The status of millions of unauthorized immigrants, who had reason to be hopeful as recently as 2013, is now highly precarious. And hate speech has cropped up in alarming ways throughout the nation and at the University of Pennsylvania itself.As demographic trends thwart the ultimate dream of white nationalism - the U.S. is still on track, after all, to becoming "majority minority" someday - the ultimate result may be enduring, deep, and paralyzing national polarization.Penn DCC is convening an interdisciplinary panel of noted University of Pennsylvania scholars to explore other possible scenarios. Perhaps advocates of an egalitarian multicultural society can devise policies to help accommodate and assist those white Americans made anxious and angry by their perceived cultural and economic eclipse. Meanwhile, if the new president's policies fail to improve the economic and cultural standing of those who voted for him, there may be a new way forward in 2020.
November 29, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S. Jay Olshansky Professor of Public Health - University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium
November 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Richard Berk Chair of the Department of Criminology, Professor of Criminology, Professor of Statistics - University of Pennsylvania
Penn Science Cafe | Location: World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street
Penn Science Cafe
Description: Working with Penn colleagues in statistics and computer science, Richard Berk develops and deploys algorithms that assist in criminal justice decision-making. His computer software is used to help inform whether a prison inmate is released on parole and the kind of supervision provided to individuals on probation. He is currently working on projects regarding release decisions at arraignment and police handling of incidents of intimate-partner violence. In each application, the goal is to improve current practice. Nevertheless, these tools can be controversial because of errors and potential unfairness for the individuals affected. Are there tradeoffs between accurate forecasts of criminal behavior and fairness? And what about the consequences for potential crime victims? 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.
November 8, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Laura Magaña Valladares Executive Senior Advisor, IANPHI Mexico Secretariat, National Institute of Public Health - International Association of National Public Health Institutes
Location: Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
Description: Health starts long before illness - in our homes, schools, and jobs - and these "social determinants of health "account for approximately 75% of health outcomes.  It is essential that our students and workforce are prepared to address these determinants.  Please join us for a provocative presentation and discussion with Dr. Laura Magana Valladares and Dean Antonia Villaruel, who both served as members of the National Academy of Medicine committee that developed the report,  "A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health" (2016).  During this stimulating discussion, you will hear highlights from the report followed by an interactive Q & A.
November 2, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Alison Buttenheim Assistant Professor of Nursing
Location: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd floor
Description: Join us for tea, cookies, and conversation to share and learn about ongoing research at Penn: the what, the why, and the how. Today's tea features Dr. Alison Buttenheim, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Health Policy discussing "Behavioral Phenotyping of Pregnant Smokers."  Relax, listen, ask questions, share your own ideas; use one of our tea cups or bring along your own. We look forward to seeing you at the Research Tea!
November 1, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Devesh Kapur Dreictor, Center for the Advanced Study of India - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Perry World House
Center for the Advanced Study of India
Description: People of Indian origin—whether they are Indian-born or American-born—make up about 1% of the American population.  While there are several anecdotal and journalistic accounts of Indians in America as well as scholarly studies on specific sub-groups of the population, The Other One Percent is the first data-driven comprehensive account of the community. The book focuses on three major issues: Selection—the processes by which people from a poor, developing nation have become the highest-income and most-educated group in the most advanced nation; Assimilation—the multiple pathways and challenges of becoming American while maintaining some aspects of their distinctive identities while shedding others, for both the first and the second generation; and Entrepreneurship—the narratives and niches of archetypal American success, from motels to medicine and finance to technology. Analytical yet with a keen eye for the telling anecdote, critical yet empathetic, and enriched by insights from different academic disciplines, the study looks at the entire community, ranging from its successful and very visible to its marginal and almost invisible members.
November 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Roman Macaya Hayes Ambassador - Embassy of Costa Rica
Location: Biomedical Research Building 421 Curie Blvd, Gaulton Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA
Description: This year’s PLAC conference will coalesce thought leaders from throughout the greater Latin America region with faculty at Penn in discussions around governmental and regional public health responses to emergent threats in Latin America. Recognizing that such threats encompass both communicable and non-communicable disease, the conference will be organized with two major sessions – one focused on responses to Zika Virus and the second on the explosive growth of metabolic disease and diabetes.
October 28, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ernest Drucker Professor Emeritus of Family and Social Medicine, Director of the Academy for Public and Criminal Justice
Location: Flyers / 76ers Surgery Theatre at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
October 25, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dan Gorenstein Senior Reporter
Location: Perry World House
Description: For more information and registration click here.
October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016
Malika Saada Saar Google's Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights
Location: Perry World House
Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania
October 18, 2016 9:00 AM - October 19, 2016 5:00 PM
Location: Boston, MA
October 14, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Penn Museum
Temple University, Penn Museum
Description: Join Mayor Jim Kenney and other dignitaries as they address international guests! Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia! This signature event, (formerly known as the Welcome Reception and celebrating its 47th year), includes global cuisine, music and dance performances and networking with people around the world). Students can also view Penn Museum’s impressive collection from around the world, including our signature galleries.
October 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Andrew Kauffman-Berry Ph.D. Student
September 27, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
John L. Jackson Jr. Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice
Location: Houston Hall, Class of '49 Auditorium
Description: For More Information clcik here.
September 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016 Annual PSC International Dinner
Description: Join us for the 2016 PSC International Dinner! Feel free to bring your nearest and dearest. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. Please RSVP to Dawn Ryan ( If you really want to bring something, a dessert or bottle of wine would be nice. 
September 21, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tukufu Zuberi Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Description: Tukufu Zuberi and Nora Chipaumire discuss new perspectives on African art and traditional perceptions of Black cultural production at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.