Alumni Weekend 2021

Alumni Weekend 2021

Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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*Class of 1966: Women’s Cross-country Brunch Zoom Event

Thursday, May 13, 2p.m. - 3:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join us for featured speakers, breakout rooms and time to (re)connect with other 1966 women. We will share our stories, experiences and insights while celebrating together. 

Penn Experts Leading the Charge Against COVID-19

Thursday, May 13, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Penn Medicine


Join Jonathan Epstein, MD, Executive Vice Dean, Senior Vice President, and Chief Scientific Officer, alongside a panel of internationally renowned faculty for an insightful conversation on the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The panel will also discuss what lies ahead in the final stage of the pandemic, and review some of the lessons we can take with us going forward.

Circle of Blue: The Path to a Sustainable Water Future: Technology, Policy & Philanthropy

Thursday, May 13, 5p.m. - 6:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Water is essential to sustain all life on earth, and according to the United Nations, water is a human right. Yet around the world, many people don’t have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water, including in the US. Additionally, fresh water resources are being impacted by pollution, contaminants, and climate change, among other stressors. With all of these challenges, is a sustainable water future possible and if so, how can it be achieved?  

Join Howard Neukrug CE'78, PAR'18, Executive Director of the Water Center and Professor of Practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Jon Freedman WG’71, Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs at SUEZ  Water Technologies & Solutions for a virtual discussion about the future of water. 

Come learn about the Water Center’s focus on applied research for critical urban water issues and hear about current water supply dynamics across the world and in the US, the role of technology in addressing water issues, the need for good policy to create a sustainable water future and how current proposed legislation aims to tackle US water infrastructure challenges

Marian Anderson : Archives of an Extraordinary Life Discussion

Friday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16 | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Penn Libraries


*This event is an “anytime event” to be enjoyed throughout the weekend. 

The Penn Libraries is proud to be home to the collections of Philadelphia-born Marian Anderson, a world-renowned recitalist who was also a high-profile figure in the fight for Civil Rights. Best known as an interpreter of art songs and spirituals, Anderson performed in diverse venues throughout her career, from schools and community centers to formal concert stages.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring Marian Anderson’s profound impact and lasting legacy. Hear from Penn Libraries experts how Anderson’s collections enhance our understanding of her life and work, and what we can learn by reviewing the famed singer’s sheet music. Discover how the Libraries’ archives informed a major exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and a forthcoming American Masters documentary on PBS.

With special introductions from Sandra Grymes, niece of Marian Anderson and former member of the Penn Libraries’ Board of Advisors.

Panelists:
Liza Vick (moderator), Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library & Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center
David McKnight, Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Leslie Ureña, Associate Curator of Photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Rita Coburn, Director, Marian Anderson: The Whole World In Her Hands (February 2022)
April James, Reader Services Librarian, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
This talk was recorded live on February 24, 2021. 

Nature Rx

Friday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16 | Virtual Program


*This event is an “anytime event” to be enjoyed throughout the weekend. 

The Morris Arboretum and Alumni Relations bring to you Nature Rx: A Refreshing Path to Wellness at Penn. We invite you to join us for a panel discussion exploring Nature Rx and the evidence-based wellness benefits of spending time in nature.  


Panelists:
Bill Cullina, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum
Benoit Dube, Chief Wellness Officer, University of Pennsylvania
Don Rakow, Author, Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health

There is still time to register to attend the live recording of this panel event. Register HERE to join us for the live recording this Earth Day, April 22nd, or enjoy the recorded event during Alumni Weekend 2021. 

Health Care After the Pandemic: What Will Change?

Friday, May 14, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Leonard Davis Institute, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, & Penn Alumni Relations


The pandemic upended the health care delivery system in unprecedented ways, accelerating innovations in remote and home-based access to care. This panel will review changes in telehealth, digital health, and home care, and discuss how these changes are likely to affect patients, providers, and health systems in the future. Sponsored by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Penn Alumni Relations.

Speakers:
Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor of Nursing and van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence, Penn Nursing
 
Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP
Medical Director, Penn Medicine OnDemand Virtual Care; Clinical Innovation Manager, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation; Assistant Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Carladenise Edwards, PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Henry Ford Health System
 
Christian Terwiesch, PhD
Professor and Chair, Operations, Information, and Decisions, Wharton School; Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD (moderator)
Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor, Medicine and Health Care Management, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School

The Essentials of Applying to College

Friday, May 14, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Penn’s Interim Dean of Admissions, John McLaughlin, and Assistant Director of Admissions, Jonathan Sanchez, will discuss the essentials of college admissions, including high school course planning and Penn’s policies for legacy candidates. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Next Gen: Progressing the National Dialogue on First-Generation College Students

Friday, May 14, 12p.m. - 1:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Office of Penn First Plus & The FGLI Program


Featuring a panel of alumni who are advancing the conversation on a national level.        

Sculpture II Tour

Friday, May 14, 1p.m. - 2p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Penn Art Collection Manager and Registrar, Lynn Smith Dolby will lead a virtual tour of campus sculptures including the newest addition to Penn, Brick House by Simone Leigh which was installed in November 2020.  Other highlights will include Alexander Calder’s Jerusalem Stabile and Alexander Archipenko’s King Solomon, which were the last works created by the two artists.  

*Class of 1961: Women's Brunch

Friday, May 14, 1:30p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


We have gathered for a women's breakfast for every reunion since our 25th - though not in-person we will continue this tradition  with a virtual event! Please join us for conversation and fellowship at our 60th reunion women's brunch.  

New Buildings Tour with Penn Architect Mark Kocent

Friday, May 14, 2p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join Penn’s Architect Mark Kocent C'82 GCP'91 GFA'91 for a virtual tour of Penn’s newest buildings.

The Healing Power of Nearby Nature

Friday, May 14, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1956


At a time when healing is a headline, and we all are searching ways to stay safe physically, while maintaining mental wellbeing, nature can answer the call. This panel of esteemed Penn alumni approach the benefits of nearby nature from various points of view - from the soul to science and in between. The panel will explore how these Sacred Places or green spaces, especially in areas where little exist, can help individuals and communities heal.

Panelists:
Tom Stoner W’56, Co-Founder Nature Sacred
Pascal Mittermaier C’89, Former Global Managing Director Cities, The Nature Conservancy
Eugenia South, MD, GR’12, Director, Penn Urban Health Lab
Ignacio Binster-Osso GLA’79, Vice President Landscape Urbanism and Resilience, the Collaborative 

Moderator:
Ashlee Halbritter, MPH, Director of Campus Health

Annual (Virtual) Gallery Hop

Friday, May 14, 4p.m. - 5:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join us for a virtual Gallery Hop! 

Beginning with the Arthur Ross Gallery where we will see An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting which features exceptional paintings by Dutch artists working in or near the city of Leiden, including nine paintings from The Leiden Collection (New York) and one painting from the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA). 

Next the Architectural Archives where we will have a special tour entitled Louis Kahn – Tiny Desk. The drawings, models and papers of architect Louis Kahn are a treasure of Penn’s Architectural Archives. 

Then the Penn Libraries to experience a tour, Around the World in your Armchair: Maps from the Kislak Center collections. To complement these intimate visual spaces, Penn Libraries’ Curator of Research Services, John Pollack will present some objects at large (and small) scale--that is, maps. 
 
Finally, the ICA where we will tour Jessica Vaughn: Our Primary Focus Is To Be Successful. A major survey of new and recent work of artist and Penn alumna, Jessica Vaughn, this exhibition considers the intersections between late twentieth- and twenty-first-century work culture, modular architecture, and the marginalized workers who have been rendered invisible within these workspaces. 

The virtual tour will be followed by a chance to hear the curators talk to each other about the common themes from the objects and exhibitions on view and Q & A.

Curators:
Heather Moqtaderi, Arthur Ross Gallery Assistant Director, Associate Curator
William Whitaker, Curator, The Architectural Archives
John Pollack, Curator, Research Services, Penn Libraries
Meg Onli, ICA, Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator

Moderator:
Sara Stewart, Arthur Ross Gallery, Assistant Director of Development and Marketing

The Professors’ Forum with Former Faculty Favorites from the '60s and '70s

Friday, May 14, 4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1970 & Class of 2000


Join us for a fascinating, nostalgic virtual Forum with Professors William Whitney, Madeleine Joullie, Phyllis Rackin, and Michael Zuckerman. John Prendergast, Pennsylvania Gazette editor, will be our moderator. Enjoy the Professors’ anecdotes, and perspectives on the evolution of teaching students in the '60's and years beyond. 

Penn Museum: Recreating an Egyptian Palace Throne Room

Friday, May 14, 7p.m. - 8p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1971


With one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Nubian material in the United States, the Penn Museum has the exciting opportunity to revisit the collection and design new galleries to showcase the contributions and ingenuity of ancient Egyptian culture. Join us for a deep dive into the research, conservation, and unique problem-solving involved in reconstructing the monumental pieces of the Palace Throne Room, an impactful feature of the new galleries. 

Then & Now: Snapshots of Change & Challenges - A Conversation Between 1970 & 2020

Friday, May 14, 7:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1970


Representatives of these two great classes, who would have marched together at last year’s cancelled Commencement, will explore each of their year’s exceptional events, response and resiliency highlighted by personal recollections.  This event is planned as the first interactive session in a continuing dialogue to jointly engage and learn about each class’s campus experience, 50 years apart.  Transformative issues will include the evolution of coed equality and minority diversity,  1970’s backdrop of Sit-ins, Commencement Walk-out and Vietnam, Penn’s growth impact on West Philadelphia, changing societal norms and 2020’s unique Pandemic circumstances.

Our panelists will be Ira Harkavy C’70 GR’79, Toni Schmiegelow CW’70, Andy Wolk C’70, Judy Nemez  Vredenburgh CW70, Karim Elsewedy ENG’20, W’20,  Jacky Chan C’20 with Lolita Jackson ENG’89 moderating

*Class of 2016: Quizzo

Friday, May 14, 8p.m. - 9p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Missing Quizzo? And Smoke's? And all things Penn? Spend your Friday of Alumni Weekend with the Class of 2016 and test your Penn knowledge! This virtual event will be a chance to reconnect before celebrating our 5th in 2022!

Platt House Open Mic Night

Friday, May 14, 8p.m. - 9p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Platt House is hosting a pre-recorded Open Mic Night to celebrate alumni and student talent over Alumni Weekend! Please consider submitting an act and be sure to join us for the premiere. 


If you are interested in sharing your talents, please complete this Interest Form by Friday, April 30th: https://forms.gle/VP7qkwmAdaBhBGry5

Curator’s Tour of Penn’s Architectural Treasures: Frank Furness’s Library

Saturday, May 15, 10a.m. - 11a.m. EDT | Virtual Program


One of just two National Historic Landmarks on the Penn Campus, the Fisher Fine Arts Library by Furness, Evans & Company, architects, is as much an expression of adventure as it is a great work of architecture. Forged out of the age of great machines, the Library continues to inspire as a place to study and learn. Join William Whitaker, curator of Penn’s Architectural Archives, as he leads you through the remarkable story of this building, it’s inner workings, and lasting legacy.

*Class of 1956: 65th Reunion Virtual Gathering at the Trolley

Saturday, May 15, 11a.m. - 12p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Grab your coffee, mimosa or bloody-mary and meet us virtually at the 1956 Trolley to raise a toast for our 65th Reunion!

State of the University with President Amy Gutmann

Saturday, May 15, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as she delivers a virtual state of the University address.

Introduced by Chair of the Board, David L. Cohen.

Making Money Moral

Saturday, May 15, 1p.m. - 2p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1966


Making Money Moral: How a New Wave of Visionaries Is Linking Purpose and Profit.  A conversation between Judith Rodin, (CW'66,HON'04) Penn President Emerita and Andrew Rachleff, (W'80),Trustee and Chair of the Penn Investment Board

Making money moral happens when the bold world of finance meets the aspirational world of impact. Recognizing that this field has exploded globally, with over $30T AUM, our discussion will cover the growth of sustainable and impact investing occurring in every asset class, focusing on the what – the most significant aspects of this exponentially growing financial market; the why – at this moment when expanding the role of capital markets is so high on the global agenda, all categories of investors have jumped in; and the how – explaining how to make it work most effectively. Our goal is for every participant to better understand how investing can yield both purpose and profit, getting a roadmap of rich data and examples. 

The book is available at a special 40% discount (20% on paperback). To take advantage of this offer:
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(It is also available at full Price, wherever books are sold, including Amazon.)

Penn Arts & Sciences 60-Second Slam

Saturday, May 15, 2p.m. - 2:45p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join Penn Arts & Sciences for a virtual Alumni Weekend edition of their famous 60-Second Lectures. The lectures, given by the School’s foremost faculty, students, and alumni, prove that a world of knowledge can be condensed into just one minute. Find out how these Quakers—backed by the Power of Penn—are impacting their communities and the world as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite lecture. Email events@sas.upenn.edu with questions. 

*Class of 2011: Workout with Erin Bremond, MS ATC

Saturday, May 15, 2p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


This class is designed to improve strength and stamina in the whole body. This class is taught with a circuit training style and will target major muscle groups with full body movement and isolation for the deep core, led by Erin Bremond, MS ATC https://groundwellness.org. Erin is an experienced sports medicine health care professional, prenatal/ postpartum exercise specialist, Birth Doula, and manual therapy practitioner. She uses her knowledge and experience to improve your movement quality and fitness from head to toe. She focuses on body alignment, mobility, strength, and stability. 

To Wear: comfortable active wear
To Bring: water for breaks and 2 small hand weights (if you do not have hand weights, wine bottles, soup cans, or laundry detergent jugs will work!) 

Year of Civic Engagement: Perspectives from Netter Center Alumni

Saturday, May 15, 2p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


As Penn's 2020-2021 Year of Civic Engagement comes to a close, hear from Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli (W85), Netter Center founding director Ira Harkavy (C70, GR79, PAR01, PAR06) and Netter Center alumni over the decades discuss the past, present, and future of civic and community engagement at Penn and the lasting personal impact. For those interested in sticking around for informal conversation following the program, please also join us in a breakout room from 3:00-3:30.

Panelists include:
Jeffrey Camarillo, C01, Lodestar Middle School Principal and Founding High School Principal
Kevin Johnson, C96, Senior Cloud Architect, Altamira Technologies; Netter Center National Advisory Board member, James Brister Society member, and SAS Board of Advisors
Joyce Kim, C15, Research Associate Harvard Business School and Gates Cambridge Scholar-Elect
Bruce McCullough, C80 L83, Partner at Bodell Bove, LLC

Moderator:
Rita A. Hodges, C05 GED15, Associate Director, Netter Center

A Prayer for the City

Saturday, May 15, 3p.m. - 4p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1965


In his book, A Prayer for the City, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Buzz Bissinger C’76 chronicles Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s willingness to go to any length for the sake of his city. Mayor Rendell along with David L. Cohen, Esq. L’81, his Chief of Staff, are credited with taking bold strokes to save the city of Philadelphia from bankruptcy and turning the city toward becoming a thriving urban center.

Join Al Filreis, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, as he moderates a lively and inspiring conversation between Buzz Bissinger C’76, Ed Rendell, C’65 HON’00, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011, Chair of the Democratic National Committee [2008-2009]; and Mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000, and David L. Cohen, Esq. L'81, Senior Advisor of  Comcast Corporation and senior counselor to the Comcast CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees to the University of Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear our own Penn alumni recount this compelling story.

*How Penn Grads Are Improvising & Innovating In Their Career Planning During The Pandemic

Saturday, May 15, 3p.m. - 4p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Information & Panelists to be posted shortly

Remembering The 60’s: A Cultural Revolution

Saturday, May 15, 3p.m. - 4:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1971


The Class of 1971, in honor of its 50th reunion, will host a discussion with Dr. Stuart Samuels, beloved Penn professor (1968-1981) & award-winning documentary filmmaker.  Professor Samuels will demonstrate how pop culture empowered our world in the 1960’s, but how its promises were not fulfilled.  Dr. Samuels was co-producer of THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: THE TOURING YEARS.  He is also the co-producer & co-director of the upcoming film, “THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY”, which deals with the complicated relationship between John Lennon & May Pang.
 
The 1960’s was a tumultuous period in American history that altered the consciousness of a nation.  From the violence arose a new global youth culture.  Music, the international language, spread the message of love & joy. We believed this cultural revolution would promote social change & create a more just world.  It was the “time of our lives”!

*Class of 2006: Quizzo

Saturday, May 15, 3p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


More information to be posted shortly!

Activism Through A Camera Lens

Saturday, May 15, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


For five decades social worker turned photographer Harvey Finkle (MSW '61) has documented social and political activism across Philadelphia and beyond. Join Finkle, whose archive was recently donated to Penn, and Kislak Center Senior Curator Lynne Farrington on a visual journey highlighting his important contributions to the field.

*Class of 1996: Trailblazer Speaker Series

Saturday, May 15, 4p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Moderated by classmate Charles, C'96 Ornstein

*Class of 1981: Panel, Film, and Social

Saturday, May 15, 4p.m. - 8p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Our panel of experts - all classmates - will discuss What to Expect in the Year Ahead (Covid Edition). They include Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who will address law and politics; Dr. Lynne Diggs, Medical Director of the Erickson Riderwood Senior Living Community in Silver Spring, Maryland, who will discuss medicine; Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, who will address the economy; broadcast and cable executive Joan Harrison, who will discuss entertainment; and Joel Litvin, former President of Operations for the NBA, who will discuss sports.

Our panel will be moderated by broadcast journalist (and classmate) Budd Mishkin.

At 6 pm, join classmates as we learn to make two specialty cocktails from Penn grad and former La Terrasse bartender Ellen Yin, owner and operator of noteworthy Philadelphia restaurants Fork and High Street on Market.

Behind the Camera: A Dialogue with Award Winning Director Andy Wolk C’70 & Actress Becki Newton C'00

Saturday, May 15, 4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Class of 1970 & Class of 2000


This event will explore how a director works with an actor and how an actor creates a character and what really goes on in rehearsal to bring out a great performance. In other words, we want to lift the curtain on how the sausage gets made in film. Andy and Becki worked together on the classic series Ugly Betty, one of many series like How I Met your Mother that Becki has starred in while Andy has directed everything from The Sopranos to Gossip Girl to Criminal Minds. This will be an interactive event with lots of opportunity for audience participation.

Student-Hosted Hangout: Chat with Student Leaders

Saturday, May 15, 4:59p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Penn Traditions


Come for a virtual hangout with students passionate about Penn’s traditions during Alumni Weekend! Alumni are invited to talk with current students in the Penn Traditions program at the Virtual Sweeten Alumni House. Share your memories from past Alumni Weekends or even your Penn experience. Casual conversations will be held virtually using small, themed breakout rooms. Here’s your chance to see campus through the eyes of the next generation of Penn while sharing your nostalgic memories!

*Class of 1980: One Ivy Moment and Trivia Game

Saturday, May 15, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


The Class of 1980 will watch the excellent documentary One Ivy Moment: The Original Cinderella Story highlighting the Final Four Basketball team, and will follow that with a Penn Sports trivia game and socializing!

*Class of 2011: Winetasting

Saturday, May 15, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join your classmates in a fun and interactive winetasting. Eight flights of wine will be shipped directly to you, and the Zoom will be led by a professional sommelier that knows everything about these wines, so come prepared with your questions! Registration deadline for to participate is April 23rd
$60.00 per person

*Class of 1971: Memorial Service with University Chaplain Chaz Howard, Ph.D, C'00

Sunday, May 16, 12p.m. - 1:30p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Chaplain Howard will lead us in an uplifting tribute to our classmates who have passed away.