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Penn Alumni Travel Galapagos FAQs

Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, Ed.D. GED’04, GRD’11

It’s been two months since Penn Alumni Travel returned from the Galapagos Islands, but few days go by without someone asking a question about our magical trip. Below are my answers to our Galapagos FAQs. Do you have questions or want to join us for Machu Picchu to the Galapagos in December 2015? Click Here or e-mail PATravel@pobox.upenn.edu!

  1. Where are the Galapagos Islands?

For many people on our trip, traveling to the Galapagos was a bucket list item and, for all of us, it was a trip of a lifetime. But other people I’ve spoken with aren’t quite sure where the Galapagos Islands are located.

This archipelago of volcanic islands is located in the Pacific Ocean, about 600 miles west of Ecuador. Part of the country of Ecuador, the islands are distributed on either side of the equator.  To reach them, we flew from the United States to Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.

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Next, we took a small plane to the Galapagos (Baltra Island, to be specific).

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Once on Baltra, we received a warm welcome from our naturalist guides and boarded zodiacs to the National Geographic Endeavour.

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  1. How were the ship accommodations?

The National Geographic Endeavour is an expedition ship and while that means it lacks some of the traditional luxury items associated with a traditional cruise ship (multiple restaurants, televisions in cabins, room service, etc.), it certainly doesn’t mean it’s lacking in safety or comfort. The small, stabilized ship, holding only 96 guests in 56 outside cabins, is fully air conditioned with a small pool, fitness center, cozy library, and lounge with a full-service bar. It’s kept immaculately clean and there’s even a spa — if you can find time to take advantage of it! (See FAQ #3)

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To explore the Galapagos, being on an expedition ship is a great advantage. It carries snorkeling gear, kayaks, underwater cameras, a fleet of zodiacs, and a glass-bottom boat.

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With so many toys and so much to see, you’re not likely to miss the Lido! Besides, you’ll never find a traditional cruise ship with an “Open Bridge” policy like the one they have on the Endeavour.

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An open bridge means the captain and officers welcome guests any time of day or night and are happy to show you how the equipment works and answer questions about sailing and navigation.

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It’s truly fascinating to experience and I loved being in the bridge when we crossed the equator for the second time.

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  1. How physically active was the trip?

Visiting the Galapagos on an expedition ship does require physical mobility, as you’re accessing each island via zodiac and the terrain on each island is different. That said, there were plenty of options for people of all physical ability levels. For example, while there was hiking each day, there was always an option for shorter walks or longer hikes. If you didn’t want to snorkel, you could ride the glass bottom boat. Not up for kayaking? Go on a zodiac ride!

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Your activity level over the course of the week will depend on your ability and interests, but you will not be without lots of options! For example, one of my favorite days was when I completed what I called the “Galapagos Triathlon” – kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking all in the same afternoon! Yet while I was rushing on and off the ship with all kinds of gear, other passengers were enjoying a relaxing afternoon in a lounge chair on the deck or participating in only one or two of the activities.IMG_8428

  1. Could you touch the animals?

The absence of predatory mammals in the Galapagos means that you are nearly always within arm’s reach of endemic species unlike those you’ve probably ever seen before. Sea lions, blue and red footed boobies, finches, tortoises, marine and land iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea turtles, sharks, and many others fill the days and camera memory cards, but physically touching them is against Galapagos National Park rules. The guides ensure that all passengers follow these rules, so that the islands remain preserved for future visitors.

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  1. How were your guides?

Our guides were phenomenal. We had a group of naturalist guides who seemed to know everything about the flora and fauna of the islands and were incredible leaders on our hikes, zodiac rides, and snorkeling and kayaking adventures.

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The work of the naturalist guides was complemented by undersea specialists who shared fascinating video of what was happening beneath the surface of the water. Add in our Faculty Host, Michael Weisberg, who gave engaging lectures about Darwin, evolution, adaptation and speciation, and it was an incredible learning experience!

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  1. How many Penn alumni were on the tour?

There were 14 alumni on this tour departure, and we had a great time experiencing and learning about the Galapagos together! We were all proud to see the Penn flag flying high above the National Geographic Endeavour all week

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and even enjoyed some exclusive chances to catch up and get to know one another, apart from the larger group.

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  1. What kind of camera did you use?

I probably get this question more than any other! I brought a DSLR, a point and shoot, and my iPhone. They all took great pictures, but that’s probably because every Endeavour trip has a Photo Specialist on-board and many of the guides are photo-certified, as well. They’re all very accessible and always looking out for passengers to ensure they get the best possible photos. On multiple occasions guides would make recommendations for my camera settings or photo angles. Their advice proved to be invaluable and I’ve even noticed I take better pictures with my new knowledge (get eye level with the subject!) now that I’m home.

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  1. Would you go back to the Galapagos?

Without a doubt! It truly was a magical trip. In fact, Penn Alumni Travel will be going to the Galapagos again in December 2015. I also can’t say enough good things about our wonderful faculty host, Michael Weisberg, and our tour operator, Lindblad Expeditions. I eagerly welcome the opportunity to travel with both of them again and we’re making plans for 2016 now. Stay tuned for our full 2016 schedule to see when Michael Weisberg will be hosting and where we’ll be sailing with Lindblad. I hope to see you on our next departure!

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October Education & Career Events

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Join us in October for one or more of the following Alumni Education & Career Networking events!

October 16: Penn To You: Washington, DC
Join Penn Alumni, School of Arts and Sciences Dean Steve Fluharty, and three SAS professors for “Sustainable Energy Policy: Impossible Dream or Absolute Imperative?” To register for this evening of intellectual and social engagement, visit http://bit.ly/ZuenAt.

October 22: Live Faculty Lecture Series: Cary Coglianese (Webinar)
Does regulation kill jobs? Find out during our next online, Live Faculty Lecture! Join Penn Law and Political Science Professor Cary Coglianese on Wednesday, October 22 at Noon EDT for an interactive webinar and Q&A. For more information and to register, visit www.alumni.upenn.edu/facultylectureseries.

October 25: If/Then Broadway Show Event
Join Alumni Education in New York City on October 25 at a matinee of Broadway musical If/Then. Afterwards, we’ll have a meet and greet with cast members and show producers (and Penn alumni!) David Stone and Marc Platt. Next, we’ll head to the Penn Club of NYC for a discussion and faculty talk with Penn Professor Cary Mazer and a reception. Tickets are limited, so register today! http://bit.ly/1vTWXcV

October 28: Career Tools Series: Global Opportunities – Students & Alumni Seeking Work Abroad (Webinar)
Considering looking for a job outside of the United States? Participate in the next Career Tools webinar on October 28 when our expert presenter will cover different approaches to considering an international career and review topics such as managing the job search, securing a foreign position, and adjusting to live once you make the move. To register or learn more about this event and other professional development webinars exclusively for alumni, visit http://bit.ly/ZfMSes.

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Penn Alumni Broadway Show Event

Join Penn Alumni Education for a matinee performance of If/Then, a Broadway musical starring Idina Menzel, meet cast members, and talk with the show producers, Penn alumni David Stone and Marc Platt. Afterwards, we will go to The Penn Club of New York for a reception and short faculty talk on a topic related to the show’s plot.

Tickets are limited. Register Now!

Event Details:
October 25, 2014
2pm-8pm
Richard Rodgers Theatre & Penn Club of New York
Faculty Lecturer: Cary M. Mazer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and English
Price: $135 includes show ticket, reception, and faculty lecture.

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This event is the first in Alumni Education’s new “Experience Penn” series. We invite you to join us for a variety of exclusive, off-campus educational opportunities. This exciting series brings alumni together with faculty to learn through shared, often behind-the-scenes, experiences. At each event, faculty members will participate with alumni, facilitate learning and reflection, and offer short talks on related topics as an academic complement to the activity. 

[Do you have behind-the-scenes access to an experience you think other Quakers would enjoy?  Email Alyssa D’Alconzo with details.]

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Live Faculty Lectures, Career Tools, & Travel Webinars

Join us for the following events this month! 

Our Live Faculty Lecture Series kicks off tomorrow, September 24, 2014 at Noon EDT with Michael Horowitz, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Please join us for his talk, “Who’s Afraid of Killer Robots? How Robotics, 3-D Printing and Other Innovations Will Affect the Future of War”. Registration and more information can be found at www.alumni.upenn.edu/facultylectureseries.

 

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The Career Tools webinar series begins next week. On Tuesday, September 30 at Noon EDT we’ll be hosting an Introduction to Career Services for Alumni. Registration and more information can be found at www.alumni.upenn.edu/careernetworking.

 

Alumni Travel

Join Penn Alumni Travel on October 1 at Noon EDT for The History and Culture of Tunisia! This live webinar, hosted by Jerry Sorkin, will be an informative and interactive discussion about the history, culture, and current conditions of the North African country Tunisia. Sorkin is a Middle East and North African specialist with degrees in Middle East studies and international business from Penn. Registration and more information can be found at http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/travel.

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First-Ever Alumni Coursera Course

Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, GED’04, GRD’11

You’ve watched the promo video

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and reviewed the syllabus. Now it’s time to register for the first-ever Penn Alumni Excusive Coursera course!

500 lucky alumni will join Stephanie McCurry from Penn’s history department for a four-week online version of her “History of the Slave South” course. Beginning October 6, view fascinating lectures, engage, and learn with Dr. McCurry and other intellectually curious alumni through interactive discussion forums and a screen side chat. McCurry is a specialist in 19th-century American history. Her class, taught annually in College Hall 200, is consistently popular with undergraduates and this online version is sure to fill quickly.
 
Click here to learn more or register today! 

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What’s a Hashtag?

Join Alumni Education and two members of the Class of 1984 during an Alumni Weekend workshop to find out!

Saturday, May 17: 9am-10am
Golkin Room, Houston Hall

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Social Media in the 21st Century:  Find out what everyone’s talking about!

Social media has democratized the way in which everyone conducts business in the 21st century.  Find out how you can utilize social media in your business ventures, volunteer positions and your personal life.

This one-hour workshop will provide an entertaining introduction to the world of social media, explaining what social media is, how it used, the basic tools of social media and why it’s helpful to understand the basics.  Workshop basics include an overview of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google Plus.

Presenters:
Gwen Shields Hoover, ENG ’84
Vice President, Client Relations, Altitude Marketing

Gwen Shields Hoover, a 20-year PR veteran, joined Altitude Marketing in 2008 as a partner responsible for the firm’s public relations practice.  Today she is responsible for client relations and account management as well as public relations, social media and digital marketing operations. A valued leader of Team Altitude, Hoover manages the strategic and tactical aspects of corporate identity, marketing, advertising, digital marketing and media relations in the various industries in which her clients conduct their businesses.

Karen Glass, C’84, W’84
President, Glassworks Entertainment + Marketing

Karen Glass is a seasoned entertainment and media executive with over 20 years of experience in the distribution, marketing, development and production of films and television. Currently, Ms. Glass runs Glassworks Entertainment + Marketing, a full service film, television and marketing enterprise.  She is currently working as a marketing consultant to pluto.tv, a new curated digital video platform.  

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Register Now for Free Webinars

Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, GSE’03, GRD’11

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Join us for one of our
final Alumni Education, Alumni Travel, or Career Networking
 events of the academic year! 

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TODAY, Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
 featuring Professor Mark Duggan
12:00p.m. ET Register Now!

This talk will provide an overview of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI).  Launched in September 2012, PPI operates under the broad mandate of marshaling the University’s resources to foster better-informed policy making on issues that affect business and the economy.  To this end, the Initiative aims to get policy-relevant, nonpartisan research by Penn faculty more “in the mix” in DC; to encourage public service among students by creating new opportunities for them to explore public policy through course work, lecture events, and internships; and to engage alumni interested in public policy, especially in the DC area.
In addition to detailing the achievements and aspirations of the Penn Wharton PPI, the talk will delve more deeply into some of Professor Duggan’s current research exploring the effect of Medicare Advantage (MA) program.  The federal government contracts with private insurers through the MA program to coordinate and finance health care for approximately 15 million of the nation’s 51 million Medicare recipients (the remaining 36 million are in traditional free-for service Medicare).  Reimbursement to and regulation of these private MA plans is changing substantially as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Face Transplant Surgery and Identity Transfer: Decoding the Debates
 featuring Professor Sharonna Pearl
12:00 p.m. ET Register Now!

Why did the plastic surgery makeover show The Swan have a therapist on staff?  Does changing our appearance so drastically change who we are that it challenges our notions of self – and is this a reason not to do it?  I take this question one step further by exploring what happens when one person is given not just a new face, but the face of someone else entirely.  Drawing on film and literary explorations of the question of identity transfer, as well as the history of face transplant surgery, I ask: what makes us who we really are?

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Women Returning to Work – Two Part Series

  • PART 1. Tuesday, April 20, 2014 (11am ET – Noon ET)
    Webinar Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and the Association of Alumnae
    Join us for a webinar with three experts who will address finding fit and branding, resume writing, and recruiting. Register Now!
  • PART 2. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (1pm ET – 2pm ET)
    Penn Alumnae Network Roulette: Women Returning to Work
    Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and Association of Alumnae
    Alumnae, Register Now! Would you benefit from expanding your professional network and advice on returning to work? Do you have experience transitioning back to work that you are willing to share with others? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with other Penn alumnae who have or are looking to return to work. Join alumnae from around the world for a career transition focused networking session. Penn Alumni Network Roulette enables you to speed-network online from wherever you may be: home, office, or even on the road. Alumnae will be randomly matched for 9-minute text-based chats that provide an opportunity to ask questions, make new connections, and exchange contact information.  Join the webinar prior to the networking session.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Great Journey Through Europe
 featuring Professor Andre Dombrowski
12:00 p.m. ET Register Now!

Join Andre Dombrowski, Professor of History of Art, as he give a short lecture on the history and culture of the  Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.  Professor Dombrowski will be hosting Penn Alumni Travel’s June 2014 trip to these countries.  We welcome all passengers of this trip and anyone interested in the places visited, to join us for this webinar.  A brief question and answer session will follow with Professor Dombrowski and representatives from our tour operator.

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Penn Alumni Travel Cuba 2: Part 2

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Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, GED ’04, GRD ’11

As Faculty Host and Penn Professor Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw’s recent post suggested, Cuba was an economically, politically, and culturally fascinating country to visit. There was something new to see, learn, and experience around every corner, and we certainly made the most of our time in Havana. What follows is a brief overview of our day-by-day itinerary. The memories, feelings, and lessons we took away are difficult to articulate in a blog post, so I encourage you to experience it yourself on the Penn Alumni Travel 2015 Cuba departure!

Saturday, January 18: MIAMI/HAVANA

We had a fantastic group of Penn Alumni and friends on our trip.

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After convening in Miami, we flew to Havana and connected with the rest of the support team for the week.

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Front: Bus Driver Jaoquin; Center: (left to right) Tour Guide Yuni, Tour Director Ute, Professor Gwendolyn, Staff Host – me!; Back: Translator John

We checked in to the Saratoga Hotel

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for lunch and began the first in our series of lectures. Pepe, the former deputy minister of foreign affairs, gave us an introductory lecture on Cuba’s current economic and political reality and joined us afterwards for dinner at El Aljibe, a State-run restaurant.

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Sunday, January 19: HAVANA

Our first full day in Havana started with a lecture from architectural historian Miguel Coyula

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and continued with a walking tour of Old Havana.

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It was during Miguel’s talk that we learned about “fan lights”, arches filled with stained glass, which we saw all over the city.

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After learning why Miguel considers Havana a little piece of Europe in the Caribbean,

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our tour concluded with lunch near the cathedral. Moneda Cubana was our first visit to a paladar, a restaurant in a private home that operates with the special permission of the Cuban government.

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In the afternoon we visited the homes and studios of some of Havana’s leading artists. The arts have long presented Cubans with an opportunity to cautiously express their views on society, and we had fascinating conversations with Maria, Frank, Adrian, Alex,

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and Kdir.

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In the evening, most of our group took the opportunity to listen to and dance with the famous Buena Vista Social Club!

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Monday, January 20: HAVANA                                              

Our morning lecture on this day was by Maria Antonia Fernandez Mtinez who discussed rural and urban agriculture in Cuba.

We continued to the small, hilltop village of San Francisco de Paula to see Finca La Vigía, the house where author Ernest Hemingway lived for 20 years

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and saw, on the grounds, his fishing boat Pilar.

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On our way back to Havana, we stopped for a brief visit to the village of Cojímar, the setting for The Old Man and the Sea.

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We stopped on the drive back to Havana for lunch at a paladar, Doña Carmela, before returning to the hotel.

Rounding out a busy day was a private, after-hours tour of the Ceramics Museum,

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an incredible private classical guitar concert by Luis Manuel Molina, and dinner at a nearby restaurant, San Felipe.

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Tuesday, January 21: HAVANA

Our wonderful faculty host Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw was our lecturer today!

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After learning about art depicting Colonial Cuba, we journeyed to the Museum of the Revolution, which vividly describes Cuba’s history from Colonial times through the winning of independence to the revolution.

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With a bit of free time afterwards, some guests paid a visit to the Hotel Nacional, a historic hotel once frequented by famous actors, artists, athletes, writers, and mobsters.

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Later that evening we visited the Ludwig Foundation for the Arts for a presentation on Cuban Art.

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The Foundation President hosted a cocktail reception and homemade buffet dinner on the penthouse terrace, and we dined with young Cuban artists.

Wednesday, January 22: HAVANA / MATANZAS / VARADERO

Time to hit the road to see more of the country! Departing for Matanzas, we stopped en route at the Bacunayagua Bridge, the highest in Cuba, with beautiful, panoramic views of the nearby valley.

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Upon arrival in Matanzas, we toured the Castle of San Severino, which included rooms exhibiting Santeria (an Afro-Cuban religious tradition) and slavery as part of UNESCO’s project “The Route of the Slave.”

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We continued to the homes/studios of two artists, Daylene, a photographer, and Borodino, a painter,

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before enjoying lunch at the beautifully restored Xanadu, the former Dupont Mansion built in the 1930s.

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Finally, we arrived in Varadero to rest for a night before more sightseeing in Matanzas.

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Thursday, January 23: VARADERO / MATANZAS / HAVANA

Making our way back to Havana, we stopped at the Pharmacy Museum in Matanzas

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and attended a private, a capella choir concert.

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A visit to Ediciones Vigia, where handmade books are created, followed

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and preceded a stop at the studio of local sculptor Osmany Betencourt aka Lolo.

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Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw led a talk about the Havana Bienal on the bus ride back to Havana.

Despite being tired from traveling, some passengers visited the Tropicana at night!

Friday, January 24: HAVANA

Our last day in Havana came quickly but also brought one of the highlights of our trip — attending an informal rehearsal of the Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba at the Teatro Nacional.

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We spent the remainder of the morning at the National Museum of Fine Arts with a curatorial tour focusing on its Cuban art collection.

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In the late afternoon, we drove by classic car

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to attend a private concert by Ars Longa

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at the Church of San Francisco de Paula

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before our farewell dinner at another popular paladar, San Cristobal.

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Saturday, January 25: HAVANA / MIAMI

We bade farewell to our fabulous tour guide, tour director, architects, artists, museum directors, students, and each other and departed for home.

Our time in Cuba was spectacular! If you would like to experience it yourself, e-mail Emilie LaRosa (emiliek@upenn.edu) to be placed on the priority reservation list for our next departure, February 14-21, 2015 with Professor Sharon Ravitch.

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Upcoming Online Career Networking Events

Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, GSE ’04, GRD ’11


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The Alumni Education Office partners with Career Services to offer a wide array of professional development seminars and workshops exclusively for alumni. Whether you’re expanding your network and looking for your first job, preparing for a mid-career change, connecting with other executives, or building your professional skills, Penn Alumni Career Networking is your guide.

Below is a list of upcoming online events; for a full list of upcoming events, click here. And don’t forget you can connect with Penn Alumni worldwide anytime using the new QuakerNet!

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Penn Spectrum Virtual Networking: Strengthen Your Connections
March 4, 2014
8:00 PM (ET)
Alumni Register Now!

Join a diverse group of alumni from around the country for career-focucsed speednetworking online from anywhere you may be: home, office, anywhere.  This is an opportunity to ask questions, provide answers, exchange contact information, and build your Penn alumni network.  Choose one of four career “booths” and be matched with others at random for text-based chats.  You never know whom you might meet, so don’t miss this chance to seek career advice, share your professional experiences, and strenthen your connections. *This is an alumni only event.

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Penn Alumni Network Roulette: Career & Alumni Connections in California
Build your Penn network in Northern & Southern California
March 25, 2014
9:00pm (EDT) – 10:00pm (EDT)
Students and Alumni Register Now! 

Penn Alumni Network Roulette enables you to speed-network from wherever you are: home, office, library, or even on the road. Students and alumni will be randomly matched for 9-minute text-based chats that provide an opportunity to ask questions, make new connections, and exchange contact information. Choose one of two geographically focused sections to be paired with others in Northern or Southern California.

Penn Alumni Network Roulette: Career & Alumni Connections in India
April 1, 2014
10:30am (EDT) – 11:30am (EDT)
8:00pm – 9:oopm IT
Students and Alumni Register Now!

Are you an alumnus with advice for current students or new graduates? Do you want to share your industry experience? Is there something you wished you had known when you were an undergrad? Are you a current student seeking advice from someone working and living in India? Students are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to build their Penn India network. Alumni currently living in India are invited to give back to Penn by offering advice and helping students interested in working and living in India. Choose one of four geographically focused sections to be paired with others in Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, or Mumbai.

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Penn Alumni Network Roulette: Career & yPenn Alumni Connections in Chicago and Boston
April 8, 2014
8:00pm (EDT) – 9:00pm (EDT)
Students and Alumni Register Now!   

Are you a yPenn alumnus with advice for current students or other young alumni? Do you want to share your industry experience? Are you looking for a great, simple way to give your time back to Penn? Are you a current student seeking advice from someone working and living in Chicago or Boston? Are you a young alumnus looking to switch cities or careers? Whichever side of the chat you’re on, sign up today to connect with members of the Penn community in one of these exciting cities! Choose one of two geographically focused sections to be paired with others in Chicago or Boston. We welcome all who currently live in one of these two cities, or who are just interested in learning more about working and living there!

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Women Returning to Work – Two Part Series

  • PART 1. Webinar Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and the Association of Alumnae
    April 29, 2014
    11:00am (EDT) – 12:00pm (EDT)Join us for a webinar with three experts who will address finding fit and branding, resume writing, and recruiting.
  • PART 2. Penn Alumnae Network Roulette: Women Returning to Work
    Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and Association of Alumnae
    May 6, 2014
    1:00pm (EDT) – 2:00pm (EDT)
    Alumni Register Now! Would you benefit from expanding your professional network and advice on returning to work? Do you have experience transitioning back to work that you are willing to share with others? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with other Penn alumnae who have or are looking to return to work. Join alumnae from around the world for a career transition focused networking session. Penn Alumni Network Roulette enables you to speed-network online from wherever you may be: home, office, or even on the road. Alumnae will be randomly matched for 9-minute text-based chats that provide an opportunity to ask questions, make new connections, and exchange contact information.  Join the webinar prior to the networking session.

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Spring Webinars with Penn Faculty

Author: Alyssa D’Alconzo, GSE ’03, GRD ’11

Office Hours start tomorrow! Are you registered?

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Just as they do for current students, Penn Alumni Office Hours provide an opportunity to ask in-depth questions and explore points of interest with professors outside of the classroom. This spring, Penn Alumni Education is hosting 4 of these virtual events, each featuring one of Penn’s dynamic faculty members, who will focus on a topic or issue of his/her choice.  These live, interactive webinars offer Penn alumni an exclusive opportunity to engage in dialogue with Penn professors without leaving their homes or offices.

Please join us for one or more of the following events:

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Promoting College Access and Success for all Students
featuring Professor Laura Perna
12:00 p.m. ET Register Now!

Although once leading the world, the United States has fallen behind many other nations in terms of the educational attainment of its population.  The U.S. cannot achieve the levels of educational attainment required for international competitiveness without raising overall attainment and closing gabs in attainment across groups.  Yet, despite substantial investment by the federal and state governments, colleges and universities, and many other organizations, college access and completion rates continue to be lower for students from families with lower-incomes and racial/ethnic minority groups.  This talk discusses trends in college enrollment and completion, identifies forces that perpetuate gaps in these outcomes across groups, and discusses strategies for effectively closing the gaps and improving college access and success for all students.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Face Transplant Surgery and Identity Transfer: Decoding the Debates
featuring Professor Sharonna Pearl
12:00 p.m. ET Register Now!

Why did the plastic surgery makeover show The Swan have a therapist on staff?  Does changing our appearance so drastically change who we are that it challenges our notions of self – and is this a reason not to do it?  I take this question one step further by exploring what happens when one person is given not just a new face, but the face of someone else entirely.  Drawing on film and literary explorations of the question of identity transfer, as well as the history of face transplant surgery, I ask: what makes us who we really are?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Contested Boundaries: The Road Toward Compromise in the Battle Over Nurse Practitioner Scope or Practice — Lessons from Pennsylvania featuring Professor Margo Brooks Carthon
12:00p.m. ET Register Now!

The road toward removing scope of practice restrictions for non-physician providers (Nurse Practitioners) is fraught with long held turf battles over who can provide which health care services. Caught in the middle of this war are medically underserved communities sorely in need of health care services. Using narrative interviews from key policy makers, this talk will provide preliminary data from ongoing research, which details the events leading up to and through the passage of health care reform in Pennsylvania in 2007 under the Edward Rendell administration. Attention to key aspects of the negotiations between nursing and physician advocates will be highlighted. Results from this research will provide the foundation for future investigations examining how the removal of restrictive scope of practice laws may impact access to health care in minority communities.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
featuring Professor Mark Duggan
12:00p.m. ET Register Now!

This talk will provide an overview of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI).  Launched in September 2012, PPI operates under the broad mandate of marshaling the University’s resources to foster better-informed policy making on issues that affect business and the economy.  To this end, the Initiative aims to get policy-relevant, nonpartisan research by Penn faculty more “in the mix” in DC; to encourage public service among students by creating new opportunities for them to explore public policy through course work, lecture events, and internships; and to engage alumni interested in public policy, especially in the DC area.
In addition to detailing the achievements and aspirations of the Penn Wharton PPI, the talk will delve more deeply into some of Professor Duggan’s current research exploring the effect of Medicare Advantage (MA) program.  The federal government contracts with private insurers through the MA program to coordinate and finance health care for approximately 15 million of the nation’s 51 million Medicare recipients (the remaining 36 million are in traditional free-for service Medicare).  Reimbursement to and regulation of these private MA plans is changing substantially as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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