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January 9, 2007, Volume 53, No. 17

Celebrating Ben Franklin’s 301st Birthday at a Founder’s Day Symposium: 
Changing the World?  Penn Confronts Global Challenges

“Global engagement” is heard on every college campus today—why is it important, what is the meaning of the word globalization, what is its history, why are we engaged, are we engaged enough, and what is the role and global identity for universities in the 21st century?

On Friday, January 19, the Faculty Senate invites all members of the University of Pennsylvania community to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 301st Birthday at a Founders Day Symposium. 

Changing the World? Penn Confronts Global Challenges will explore the prospects, realities, challenges, rewards, and obligations of the University to reach beyond its borders in these increasingly complex times. 

President Amy Gutmann will introduce this provocative and unscripted conversation, which is intended to exemplify Penn’s Compact, with its commitment to the integration of knowledge and global engagement.

Provost Ron Daniels will moderate a panel of interdisciplinary faculty scholars who will consider the meaning and implications of globalization. We expect a lively and freewheeling discussion.

Founder’s Day, a tradition commemorating Penn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, is the perfect framework for a symposium embodying Franklin’s spirit of distinguished scholarship and global citizenship.

The symposium will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. in the Colloquium Room, 8th floor of the Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3720 Walnut St.  It will be followed by a reception from 5–6 p.m. in the East Hall. All members of the University community are invited. No registration is required.

The panelists are:

Linda Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, School of Nursing

Harvey M. Friedman, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, Director of the Penn-Botswana Program, School of Medicine

Kathleen Hall, Associate Professor of Foundations & Practices in Education, Acting Director of the South Asia Center, Graduate School of Education

John L. Jackson, Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communication & Anthropology, Annenberg School of Communication and School of Arts and Sciences

Amy Kaplan, Edward W. Kane Professor of English, School of Arts and Sciences

Devesh Kapur, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India, School of Arts and Sciences

Edward Mansfield, Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science, Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, School of Arts and Sciences

Michael Useem, William & Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School of Business

Almanac - January 9, 2007, Volume 53, No. 17