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Faculty Senate Integrating Knowledge: A Homecoming Symposium on Youth and Aging

On Friday, November 4, the Faculty Senate will convene Youth and Aging: Penn Integrates Knowledge Locally and Globally, a symposium exploring new vistas in interdisciplinary research, integrative teaching, and Penn’s growing local and global engagements. Penn faculty from all 12 schools of the University will engage in two stimulating and freewheeling discussions about being young and growing old in America and around the globe.

New and complex challenges and opportunities—at both ends of the life cycle—confront each of us today, and these changes have important consequences on both the personal and the societal levels. Nurturing young people and guiding them towards successful lives in a globalized economy often must be balanced by the growing need to prepare those who once expected a quiet retirement to live independent, productive, and fulfilling lives well into their 80’s.

President Amy Gutmann will introduce these thoughtful and unscripted conversations, which are intended to exemplify the Penn Compact’s commitment to the integration of knowledge, bringing together a wide range of practical and theoretical perspectives from faculty, students, and alumni; researchers and practitioners; and producers and consumers.

The symposium will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. in the Harold Prince Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. It will be followed by a reception from 5-6 p.m. in the Theatre lobby.  All Penn faculty, students, alumni, and staff are invited to attend. No registration is required.

Dean Richard Gelles, the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Professor of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Policy & Practice, will moderate the first panel discussion on Youth in American Culture from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. The participating panelists will include:

Martin Fishbein, Harry C. Coles, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication

Amy Hillier, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design

Peter Kuriloff, Professor, Foundations and Practices in Education, Graduate School of Education

Alan Lerner, Practice Professor of Law, Law School

Cindy Christian, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Endowed Chair in Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, School of Medicine

Stella Volpe, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Miriam Stirl Term Professor in Nutrition, School of Nursing

Elijah Anderson, The Charles and William Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences

Michael Zuckerman, Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences

Carol Wilson Spigner, Kenneth L. M. Pray Distinguished Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice

James Serpell, Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, School of Veterinary Medicine

Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management, Wharton School

Valerie Trent, Second-year MSW Student, School of Social Policy & Practice

Mary Naylor, the Marian S. Ware Professor of Gerontology in the School of Nursing, will moderate the second panel on Aging in American Society from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The participating panelists will include:

Yolanda Ann Slaughter, Assistant Professor of Community Oral Health, Preventive and Restorative Sciences, School of Dental Medicine

Harris Steinberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Executive Director of Penn Praxis, School of Design

John Trojanowski, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

Jerry Johnson, Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Division Chief, Geriatrics, School of Medicine

Christopher Feudtner, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Lois Evans, Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing

Rebecca Huss-Ashmore, Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences

Christine Poggi, Associate Professor of the History of Art, School of Arts and Sciences

Paul Ducheyne, Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Joan Davitt, Assistant Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice

Olivia Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, Wharton School

Kevin Volpp, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems, Wharton School

Provost Ronald Daniels’ concluding remarks will be followed by the reception.

More information  is available at: www.alumni.upenn.edu/ homecoming2005/friday.html.

—Neville Strumpf, Senate Chair


  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 9, October 25, 2005


October 25, 2005
Volume 52 Number 9


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