Spring 2014 Penn Science Café and Lightbulb Café Lecture Series

All events are held at: 
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
6–7 p.m. 

Since 2005, the Penn Science CafĂ© has shined a spotlight on Penn research in the sciences. The Penn Lightbulb CafĂ© debuted in 2011 to illuminate research in social science, arts and humanities. The lectures, held on Tuesday evenings at World Cafe Live Upstairs, 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. CafĂ© goers can come early to enjoy 5-7 p.m. happy hour specials. Seating is limited. The two lecture series are presented by the School of Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications. 

Tuesday, January 21 - PENN LIGHTBULB CAFÉ
(PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 25, 2014

Thomas Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History 
"The Martin Luther King Jr. We Have Forgotten" 
See details below

Tuesday, February 11 - PENN SCIENCE CAFÉ
Etienne Benson, Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science
"How the Gray Squirrel Conquered the American City"
Gray squirrels are now numerous -- some would say overly numerous -- in many American cities, but it hasn't always been that way. In this Penn Science Cafe, Etienne Benson of the History and Sociology of Science Department will discuss how, in the second half of the nineteenth century, squirrels were intentionally released in public squares, town greens, and urban parks across the country, where they were often fed and provided with nest boxes. Benson's talk will explore how and why squirrels flourished in their new environment and what we can learn from their history about changing American views of nature, animals, and the city.

Tuesday, February 25 - PENN LIGHTBULB CAFÉ
Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Professor of Race Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Africana Studies
"The Other African-Americans"
Dr. Zuberi will discuss the history of African descent populations in Latin America and why the political center of Africans and the African Diaspora is shifting to Brazil, Colombia and other nations in Latin America. The talk will also examine cultural and historical differences in affirmative-action policies across these populations.

Tuesday, March 18 - PENN SCIENCE CAFÉ
Henry Daniell, Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology, Penn Dental Medicine
"Green Vaccines: Low Cost Treatment for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Hypertension and Infectious Diseases"
To address the rapidly rising costs of healthcare, Penn Dental Medicine's Henry Daniell has developed a new technology that relies on plant cells to produce and deliver human therapeutic proteins to treat infectious and inherited diseases. In this talk, Daniell will explain how his concept eliminates the need for the expensive purification, cold storage, and sterile injections, and is quickly advancing to the stage of clinical application.

Tuesday, March 25 - PENN LIGHTBULB CAFÉ
(Note this event was originally scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014 but was postponed due to snow) 

Thomas Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History 
"The Martin Luther King Jr. We Have Forgotten" 
Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Dr. Sugrue, a leading historian of the struggle for racial equality, challenges the myths surrounding the Reverend King and his politics, explores his relationship to conservatives, moderates, liberals, and radicals, and reexamines his vision for racial and economic justice.

Tuesday, April 15 - PENN LIGHTBULB CAFÉ
Michael Horowitz, Associate Professor of Political Science
"Who's Afraid of Killer Robots? How Robotics, 3-D Printing and Other Innovations Will Affect the Future of War"
Dr. Horowitz will draw on his extensive research on military innovation, as well as his recent experience working in the Department of Defense, to discuss key trends and technologies that will shape the future of warfare. From robots to lasers, the talk will focus on the challenges and opportunities for the United States and the world as the Information Age continues to shape the potential tools available for military.

Tuesday, April 29 - PENN SCIENCE CAFÉ / PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT
Multiple speakers from Penn and beyond will present at World Café Live Downstairs

"West Philly Science Night" 
10 speakers from various institutions including Penn experts: 
Charlie Johnson, SAS Physics
Andrew Rappe, SAS Chemistry
Bill Berner, SAS Physics 
Raina Merchant PSOM 
Johannes Eichstaedt, SAS Psychology

Each speaker will talk for 5-10 minutes. 

Ticketed event through PSF (~$5) 
See full PSF line up here.