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Explore the World at Home

Author: Emilie Kretschmar

Penn Alumni Travel is now offering travel webinars on specific countries and destinations across the world. This winter and spring, you can learn about Morocco, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy from the comfort of your own home. Each webinar is hosted by a Penn professor who is also leading one of our 2013 educational tours. This is a great opportunity for past, present, and future Penn alumni travelers to learn about some of our beautiful destinations.

We began our travel series last month with a discussion about the varied landscapes of Morocco (if you missed it, don’t worry! You can still catch a recording here). Professor Tom Safley of Penn’s history department presented an overview of the history, culture, and topography of this Northern African country. Each webinar is followed by a  Q&A session so, when you join us for our next travel webinar, bring your questions. Professor Safley and 25 lucky Penn alumni left for Morocco on Saturday and are due to return next week. Look for a blog about their adventures later this month.

You haven't missed the boat yet. We have a second departure to Morocco in November. Visit our travel website for more details.

You haven’t missed the boat yet. We have a second departure to Morocco in November. Visit our travel website for more details.

Next month, we will be offering two more travel webinars: Perspectives on Holland and Belgium and Perspectives on Italy. Professor Simon Richter of Penn’s Germanic Literatures and Languages department will discuss Holland and Belgium on March 13at noon (EST). You can register for this free webinar here. Professor Michael Gamer of the English department will discuss Italy on March 11at noon. (EST). To register for this free webinar, click here.

Dutch Windmills

Dutch Windmills

View of Venice

View of Venice

We will be adding additional travel webinars to our lineup this spring, so check our website often to take advantage of this free opportunity, or sign-up for our travel e-newsletter here.

This webinar series is but one of the many lifelong learning opportunities we offer to Penn alumni. Visit our Penn Alumni Education website for more information about events (on campus, online, and regionally) and classes. In particular, you can register for one of our Office Hours webinars where one of Penn’s dynamic faculty members presents a live and interactive discussion on a relevant topic. Join us, and continue to learn and explore with your Penn Alumni community.


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Penn Alumni Webinar: What Do We Know About Autism?

As part of Penn Alumni Education’s commitment to bringing intellectual and academic programming to alumni, Office Hours gives you the chance to learn about and discuss relevant issues with Penn faculty from your own home or office.

Next week, hear from Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin, the Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing, and Interim Chair in the Bio-behavioral and Health Sciences Division, as she discuss what current sciences can tell us about autism, reviewing what is known about the causes of ASD and ongoing studies, including her CDC funded Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).

Over the past 20 years, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased markedly, spurring increased attention, speculation and research about the cause. Significant media attention has been given to recently published data on the disorder’s genetic heritability, non-genetic risk factors, and risks associated with SSRI’s, one group of commonly used antidepressant medications (see below for links to recent articles in Time and The New York Times), all of which confirms that both genes and environment matter.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 26 from 1-2 PM EST. Registration and additional information available here .  It’s easy to sign up and be part on this timely and important discussion.

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Office Hours: The Royal Treatment

Author: Lisa Vaccarelli, C’02

We all know that Penn is a globally renowned institution of research and higher education, home to the world’s greatest experts on everything from stem-cell research, neuroscience and genetics, to cultural anthropology, psychology, and nanotechnology.  But what makes Penn really stand out among its peers, in my opinion, is its character.  Rather than losing its distinct personality in the race to the top of that esteemed list of universities, my alma mater remains in touch with its fun, charismatic side.

One example: the Penn Alumni Office Hours series.  While these online webinars often feature faculty speaking on highly intellectual, academic content – including evolutionary psychology, bioethics, and cutting edge robotic technology – they also feature scholarly perspectives on timely, cultural topics.

Join us on Wednesday, April 20 at 1 PM EST

Need another example?  This Wednesday, April 20 at 1 pm EST, Office Hours will take a look at Royal Weddings: Past and Present.  Rosalind Coward, visiting researcher at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and a recognized expert on the Royal Family, will share her perspective on the pomp, circumstance and tradition surrounding Great Britain’s royal weddings, with a special focus on the pending nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Britain Royal, Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton

What better way to indulge that guilty pleasure for celebrity gossip than with an academic perspective from one of the world’s greatest institutions for higher learning?

For more information on this and other online webinars, visit www.alumni.upenn.edu/education/officehours.html.

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