***LOCATION: World Café Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St. 6-7 pm***Since 2005, the Science Café has shined a spotlight on Penn research in the sciences. The Lightbulb Café debuted in 2011 to illuminate SAS research in social science, arts, and humanities.The lectures, held on Tuesday evenings at World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St., are free and open to the public. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by an audience Q&A session. Café goers can come early to enjoy 5 to 7 p.m. happy hour specials. Seating is limited. To register, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The two lecture series are presented by SAS in partnership with University Communications.
September 10: Robert Kurzban
"Willpower or Won’t-power: The Science of Self Control"
Robert Kurzban, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, will deliver the first Penn Science Café talk of the fall semester, “Willpower or Won’t-power: The Science of Self Control.” His talk will focus on his research into debunking the idea that people have a "reserve" of willpower that gets used up in the face of adversity.
September 24: John L. Jackson
“Practicing Impolite Conversations: Talking About Race, Religion, Politics and Everything Else”
Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor John L. Jackson will kick off the Penn Lightbulb Café fall semester series of lectures with a talk on “Practicing Impolite Conversations: Talking About Race, Religion, Politics and Everything Else.” A cultural anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Jackson holds appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Africana Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) and at the Annenberg School for Communication.
October 22: Nicola Mason
“Hunting with the Hounds: How Dogs Lead the Way in the Search for Effective Cancer Therapies”
Nicola Mason, an assistant professor of medicine and pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss “Hunting with the Hounds: How Dogs Lead the Way in the Search for Effective Cancer Therapies”.
November 12: Paul Cobb
“Getting Crusaded: Medieval Islam and the Pointy End of Christian Holy War” Paul Cobb, a professor of Islamic history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, will address “Getting Crusaded: Medieval Islam and the Pointy End of Christian Holy War”. From 1095-1291 AD, medieval Christians from Europe launched a series of campaigns against Muslims in the Middle East known generically as "The Crusades". On the basis of the accounts of the Crusaders themselves, these events have usually either been celebrated as a triumph of European ingenuity or a cynical perversion of Christian doctrine. But what happens when we view these events from the point of view of Middle Eastern Muslims, who also left rich and detailed accounts of these strange European invaders. What happens when we stop to let the Crusaded tell the story, instead of the Crusaders? The answer is not what you think.
December 3: Alison Sweeney
"Bio-optics: The Physics of Squid Camouflage "
Closing out the semester, Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will discuss “Bio-optics: The Physics of Squid Camouflage”.