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Franklin’s 303rd Birthday— Founder’s Day Symposium
January 13, 2009, Volume 55, No. 17

Seeking Sustainability: Penn Confronts the Local and Global Challenge

The advancement of “sustainability” is heard on every college campus—what is the meaning of the word sustainability, why is it important, why is teaching about sustainability important, how does one teach sustainability, how do we integrate knowledge on sustainability, and how can Penn be a model community for sustainability?

In keeping with the theme, on Friday, January 16, the Faculty Senate invites all members of the University of Pennsylvania community to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 303rd Birthday at a Founders Day Symposium. 

Seeking Sustainability:  Penn Confronts the Local and Global Challenge will explore the prospects, realities, challenges, rewards, and obligations of universities to exercise leadership by modeling ways to address environmental sustainability as part of the University’s academic mission.

President Amy Gutmann will moderate this provocative and unscripted conversation, which is intended to exemplify the Penn Compact and Penn’s commitment to increasing sustainability through research, scholarship and education.

Founder’s Day, a tradition commemorating Penn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, is the perfect framework for a symposium embodying Franklin’s spirit of distinguished scholarship and global citizenship.

The symposium will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium of the School of Nursing, Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard. It will be followed by a reception, 5–6 p.m., in the Carol Ware Gates lobby. All members of the University community are invited. No registration is required.

The panelists are:

Gary Bernstein, Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, SAS

Robert Giegengack, Davidson Kennedy Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Science, SAS

William W. Braham, associate professor of architecture, interim chair, department of architecture, School of Design

Eugenie L. Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, chair, Graduate Group of City & Regional Planning, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, School of Design

Eric W. Orts, Guardsmark Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management, director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton School




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