February 4, 2020 6:30 PM
Denice Frohman Poet, Performer, Educator
Location: Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery
Penn Latin American and Latino Studies

Introductions by Catherine Bartch, Associate Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory.

Moderated discussion with Davy Knittle (Department of English), German Pallares (Graduate Architecture), Azahara Palomeque (Social Policy), and Natalia Revelo La Rotta (Graduate Architecture and Inclusion in Design).

Denice Frohman will also attend the Cafe Con Leche Dialogue Series with Johnny Irizarry and students at La Casa Latina (3601 Locust Walk), 12:00-13:00, February 4. Lunch will be provided.

Puertopia: Language, Identity, and Belonging
A Reading by Denice Frohman 

Denice Frohman will be performing a selection of work—poetic excavations of Latinidad, queerness, and womanhood—that examine the language we’ve inherited, the language we keep, and the language we need to create. As a Diasporican (a Puerto Rican born in the U.S), her work challenges the hierarchies of language, delves into cultural preservation, and explores the colonial relationship between the U.S and Puerto Rico. “Puertopia” here signals post-Hurricane Maria disaster capitalism, but taken a step further, it unearths the tension between the estranged and the beloved—an island that is both paradise and colony, a lineage that is both aqui y alla, and a body that is both visible and invisible. As the poet, Willie Perdomo, writes: “The great readers, he would say, quote / From the kitchen.” And in that regard, Frohman’s work reminds us that everywhere is a stage, and thus everyone, and every tongue, is invited to get down.

Denice Frohman is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. A CantoMundo Fellow, she’s received residencies and awards from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures, Leeway Foundation, Millay Colony, and Blue Mountain Center.

Her work has appeared in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, ESPNW and elsewhere. A former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, she’s featured on national and international stages from The Apollo to The White House, and visited over 200 colleges and universities. She has a Master’s in Education and co-organizes #PoetsforPuertoRico. She lives in Philadelphia.

This series is organized by Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory, Maya Alam, architect and Visiting Lecturer, and David Hartt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Provost Office at the University of Pennsylvania and the Dean’s Office at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The lecture by Denice Frohman is cosponsored by Casa Latina, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Inclusion in Design.

This Synthetic Moment began as a series of exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, exploring the intersectional and porous concepts of identity as expressed in art, architecture and language. A compound description of the world as vast and contingent. A series of talks inspired by these exhibitions informed the Fall 2019 Provost and Lecture Series on the Synthetic at the University of Pennsylvania, which started with a lecture by London-based artist and photographer Liz Johnson Artur. Poet Solmaz Sharif and architectural historian Charles Davis II presented their work in November 2019.

February 5, 2020 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Matthew Desmond Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology - Princeton University
Journal of Law and Public Affairs Annual Symposium | Location: Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, Golkin 100
February 5, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Job Boerma Job Market Candidate in Economics - University of Minnesota
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
February 6, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Rupa Pillai Visiting Scholar, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women - University of Pennsylvania
Works in Progress Series | Location: Fisher-Bennett Hall, Suite 345
February 7, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Milena Almagro Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - NYU
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
February 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents’ Developmental Expenditures
Margot Jackson Associate Professor of Sociology - Brown University
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 11, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Thomas Conners Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies - University of Pennsylvania

Please join us on Tuesday, February 11th at noon for our next Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker (LALSIS) Series (*) with Thomas Conners, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Hispanic and Portuguese Studies. He will present, “Feeling What’s Not There: Latinidad and Affect in Carmen Maria Machado.” Please RSVP here (Lunch will be served.)

The Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker (LALSIS) Series is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of research about Latin America or Latinos conducted by Penn faculty and advanced graduate students. Most of the talks will take place from 12 to 1:30pm on Tuesdays in the LALS/ASAM Conference Room on the fourth floor of the McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk (Room 473). All are welcome to attend.

February 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Linda H. Aiken Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research - University of Pennsylvania
Innovating for Life and Living Campaign Tour | Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, New York

The Innovating for Life and Living Campaign Tour is coming to New York City! Join Penn Nursing on our last tour stop for an exciting conversation as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research with its founder and director, Dr. Linda Aiken.

February 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Carolina Arteaga Assistant Professor of Economics - University of Toronto
Criminology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil Building, Room 395
February 14, 2020 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sheila Davis Chief Executive Officer - Partners in Health (PIH)
Location: Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research

Join us at Penn’s Global Oncology Symposium as we explore the ethical considerations of delivering high-quality, global cancer care.

All are welcome at Penn’s inaugural Global Oncology Symposium as we explore the ethical considerations of bringing high-quality cancer care to patients around the world. Experts from across the country and globe are convening in Philadelphia to discuss the importance and challenges of building international partnerships; making tough decisions on clinical treatment and resource allocation; and advocating for global cancer control. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Sheila Davis, CEO of Partners in Health. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Additional speakers include Dr. Rebecca DeBoer, oncologist and medical ethics researcher at the University of California San Francisco and Dr. Ruth Damuse, oncology clinical director at Partners in Health Haiti. The symposium also features panel discussions on clinical cancer care in resource-limited settings and collaborative partnerships in global oncology moderated by Dr. Yedoha Martei and Dr. Larry Shulman from the University of Pennsylvania.

Free Registration:

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

February 14, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Aysegül Balta Ozgen Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration - University of Pennsylvania
Location: McNeil 367

Considering the global rise of xenophobic, populist and anti-immigrant public opinion and attitudes, how can host communities and refugee communities live together peacefully? How does the perception of nativist political attitudes impact the prospects of integration of refugees? I address these questions with a comparative design: I focus on Syrian refugees displaced since 2011 and I compare their integration experiences in Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. I seek to understand the mechanisms that explain the possibilities and pathways of refugee integration. Drawing on 130 in-depth interviews (98 with refugees and 32 with key informants), I argue that a successful integration and a feeling of belonging are more likely if refugees perceive being welcome and accepted by the native-born population, especially in a multicultural society. When refugees perceive negative attitudes, they become tired and angry; do not want to explain and justify themselves anymore; and disengage. This leads to a lack of belonging like in the U.S. and Germany. In unusual conditions, despite the lack of proper economic rights and legal status, some refugees may want to stay in a country when they perceive some welcoming attitudes like in Turkey. Even if there are anti-refugee attitudes among locals, it is actually possible to influence the public opinion with help of government policies, education programs, and media support like in Canada. These perceptions of public opinion and attitudes (in other words, the cultural/political dimension) interact with the legal and socio-economic dimensions of integration, and there are variations in integration experiences by gender, age, marital status, and socio-economic capital.

February 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Women’s political participation and maternal mortality
Atheendar Venkataramani Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Assistant Professor of Medicine - University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Thupten Chonyi Executive Board Member - Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: TBD

Hosted by Dr. Fariha Khan.

February 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Jason M. Chernesky Ph.D. Candidate in History and Sociology of Science - University of Pennsylvania
Bates Center Spring 2020 Seminar Series | Location: Claire Fagin Hall 116

Few historical accounts about HIV-AIDS have comprehensively interrogated how the disease factored in the lives of American children and the nurses that cared for them. This Bates Center seminar shows how nurses, grandmothers, foster parents, foster care facilities, and other health care professionals comprised a network of care that helped treat children with AIDS in the years before the development of effective antiretroviral therapies.

Speaker: Jason M. Chernesky, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Numerous academic and popular accounts about HIV-AIDS have been written. They show how gay male activists, physicians, politicians, and the public were affected by, and responded to, an epidemic that took many Americans by surprise when it emerged in the early 1980s. But few historical accounts about HIV-AIDS have comprehensively interrogated how the disease factored in the lives of American children and the nurses that cared for them. Taken from my dissertation, “The Littlest Victims”: Pediatric AIDS and the Urban Ecology of Health in the Late Twentieth-Century United States, my paper shows how nurses, grandmothers, foster parents, foster care facilities, and other health care professionals comprised a network of care that helped treat children with AIDS in the years before the development of effective antiretroviral therapies. Using a pediatric AIDS-care center in Newark, New Jersey as my lens, I explore the central role nurses played in caring for children and families with HIV-AIDS in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. In addition to the work of pediatric-AIDS nurses, the tapestry of experiences and actors presented in my paper reminds us how a demographically representative portrait of the epidemic – sensitive to place, race, and the politics of representation – is imperative when understanding the full scope of the AIDS experience in the United States.

Supplemental readings:

  • Bayer, Ronald, and Gerald M. Oppenheimer. “Pioneers in AIDS care—reflections on the epidemic’s early years.” New England Journal of Medicine 355, no. 22 (2006): 2273-2275.
  • Brier, Jennifer. “What Should the Federal Government Do to Deal with the Problem of aids? The Reagan Administration’s Response” In Infectious ideas: US political responses to the AIDS crisis. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Contact the Center for more information regarding supplemental readings.

Bio: Jason M. Chernesky is a PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in the histories of U.S. healthcare, public health, children’s health and environmental history in the twentieth-century United States. Jason’s dissertation explores the intersecting histories of pediatric AIDS, post-World War II children’s health care, and the American inner city. His dissertation reveals what happens when a disease associated with the taboo behavior of adults begins affecting infants and children. Jason is currently the Mellon Foundation’s Humanities and Urban Design Initiative Dissertation fellow at Penn’s School of Design.

February 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Christianity, Race, and the Haunting of Biomedical Science
Terence Keel Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies and the Institute for Society and Genetics - University of California, Los Angeles
Location: Claire Fagin Hall 118

The idea that so-called races reflect inherent biological differences between social groups has been a prominent aspect of Western thought since at least the Enlightenment. While there have been moments of refuting this way of thinking—most notably, the social constructionist thesis emerging as a dominant framework in the aftermath of WWII—fixed biological conceptions of race haunt new genetic technologies, where race is thought to be measurable at the molecular level. Keel argues that the resilience of this naturalized understanding of race may stem less from overtly political motives on the part of scientists and more from our inherited theological traditions that predate the Enlightenment and continue to shape and limit the intellectual horizon of scientific reasoning.

RSVP here.

February 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Rupa Pillai Visiting Scholar, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women - University of Pennsylvania
Location: 3601 Locust Walk, Arch Room 108
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
February 21, 2020 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Paul Starr Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs - Princeton University
Location: Fitts Auditorium
Penn Law and the Annenberg School for Communication

Health care reform has taken center stage during presidential primary season, as candidates offer diverse proposals to expand insurance coverage and contain costs. This one-day conference draws together researchers, policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders to dive into key and thorny issues with no easy answers.

Keynot speaker:
Paul Starr, Ph.D. -- Princeton University

Panel moderators:
Sherry Glied, Ph.D. -- New York University
Julian Harris, M.D. -- Deerfield Management
Allison Hoffman, J.D. -- University of Pennsylvania
Rodney Whitlock, Ph.D. -- McDermott+Consulting

Register here.

Questions? Contact Melissa Ostroff

February 21, 2020 3:00 PM
Kathleen Morrison Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair - University of Pennsylvania
Geoscience Colloquium | Location: Hayden Hall 358
February 24, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Female Life Cycle, Fertility, and Women’s Status in Indian Households
Megan Reed (van de Walle Prize Winner) Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology & Demography - University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies & Sociology
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 24, 2020 4:30 PM
Catzie Vilayphonh Executive Director - Laos in the House
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: TBD

Hosted by Rob Busher

Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning writer, spoken word poet, and multi-media artist. As a founding member of the group Yellow Rage, she was one of the first Asian American women to appear on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Through her work, she provides an awareness not often heard, drawing from personal narrative. Throughout her artistic career, Catzie has been a 2012 Creative Capital finalist, a 4-time Leeway Foundation honoree and was named a Woman Non-Profit Leader by Philadelphia City Council in 2016. She is a co-founding chair of the Lao American Writer Summit, a Commissioner on the Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs and was recently appointed as Councilmember to the Pennsylvania Council on The Arts. A child of refugees, Catzie was born in camp, on the way to America, and thus considers herself part of the ".5 Generation". She resides in South Philly with her daughter Aditi.

To find out more about Laos in the House click here.