Partners & Progress

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Ben Talks: Immigration and Global Inequality

Left: Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Sociology, and Africana Studies, delivers his talk The Final Demographic Racial Transition. Right: Adrienne Tuch, C'89; Bayley Tuch, C'21; and Neil Tuch, C'88.

Penn alumni, friends, and parents gathered at Williams-Sonoma headquarters in San Francisco for the Penn Arts and Sciences Ben Talks program, generously hosted by Penn Arts and Sciences Overseer Laura Alber, C’90, PAR’20 and her husband, Ned Klingelhofer, PAR’20. This year’s program featured three esteemed faculty members, each giving a 10-minute talk exploring the facts behind immigration today, how we got to where we are now, and what may lie ahead.

(L-R) Ned Klingelhofer, PAR’20; Michael Jones-Correa, Professor of Political Science; Laura Alber, C’90, PAR’20; Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences; Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Sociology, and Africana Studies; and Emilio Parrado, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor and Chair of Sociology.

Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance: Navigating The Career Labyrinth

Panelists (L-R) Toan Huynh, C’97; Julie Solomon, C’99; Olivia Gold, C’13; Jean Chatzky, C’86; Amanda Sherwin, C’00; and Sofia Chang, C’91; with PWA Chair Jamie Handwerker, C’83, PAR’19 (third from the right)

The Penn Arts and Sciences Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) is led by a group of College alumnae who are distinguished leaders in their professional fields and strong advocates of a liberal arts education. PWA hosts a variety of programs that provide mentorship and career advice for young alumnae and current students. Alumnae gathered at HBO in New York City to hear a dynamic panel discussion exploring the complexity of managing one’s career, rich with diverse perspectives and actionable strategies. 

The panel discussion was bookended with time for young alumnae to network with the PWA members.

60–Second Slam: Alumni Edition

College alumni took the stage for a special edition of Penn Arts and Sciences’ 60-Second Slam, sharing how their liberal arts degree has influenced their careers, and the advice they would give their younger selves.

Left: Ariela Cohen, C’13, presents her talk The Intentional but Unplanned Road Ahead.  Right: Jeff Solomon, C’88, PAR’17, PAR’20, presents his talk You Were Going to Be an Actor.