What’s Going on at Penn…and Why Do I Never Know About It?!

Author: Lillian Gardiner, GEd’11

Does it ever feel like all this cool stuff is happening on campus and you don’t know about it until after the fact? I hate opening up the DP only to discover that my favorite actor, writer, or well-known politician was on campus the night before. All the while I had been sitting at home playing Words with Friends…

In case you have not yet felt left out, let me tell you about some cool people on campus this year that you may not have known about:

Bill Clinton. Photo credit: Justin Cohen, from the DP.

Bill Clinton. Photo credit: Justin Cohen, from the DP.

John Legend. Photo credit:  Sam Sherman.

John Legend. Photo credit: Sam Sherman from the DP.

Malcolm Gladwell. Photo credit: Kathryn Landsman from the DP.

Malcolm Gladwell. Photo credit: Kathryn Landsman from the DP.

Junot Diaz. Photo credit: Imran Cronk from the DP.

Junot Diaz. Photo credit: Imran Cronk from the DP.

The author of Black Hawk Down

Richard Gay, W’90 Executive Vice President of Strategy and Operations for MTV & VH1

While I was unaware of some of these people being on campus, rest assured not everyone slipped by me. I heard Barry Scheck, Executive Director of the Innocence Project, speak as part of the Year of Proof  series. At the Kelly Writers House,  I listened to George Anastasia, a 38-year veteran writer for the Inquirer and Pulitzer-nominated mob reporter, talk about crime writing. I have tickets to SPEC Connaissance’s  “A Conversation with Jason Sudeikis” on the 19thand plan to hear my friend Jessica Ho, doctoral candidate in demography and sociology, discuss her research on the role that deaths at younger ages play in explaining the low life expectancy rate in the United States through the Lightbulb Café Series.

In my effort to overcome the lack of a single event calendar at Penn, I’ve accumulated a long list of event pages from sources around Penn’s campus. Enjoy!

1. Penn Institute for Urban Research

2. Penn Museum Great Battles (see Emilie Kretschmar’s post for more details)

3. Annenberg

4. Penn Alumni Education

5. The Veritas Forum

6. Institute for Law and Economics

7. Penn Women’s Center

8. Population Studies Center

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