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2nd Annual Breakthroughs Conference

April 26 @ 8:45 am - 1:30 pm


Join the Fels Policy Research Initiative for a half-day discussion about the role of local research at Penn and in Philadelphia. Cap the day off with ideas and perspective from keynote, Eric Klinenberg of NYU.

8:45 AM Registration and breakfast

9:15 AM Welcome

  • Steven J. Fluharty, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Mark Alan Hughes, Faculty Director, Fels Policy Research Initiative

9:30 AM The Advantages of Local Research
How can doing research at the local level benefit Philadelphia and the academic community?

  • Claire Robertson-Kraft, Director, Impact ED
  • John Kromer, Lecturer, Fels Institute
  • Dirk Krueger, Professor and Interim Chair, Economics
  • Moderator: Diana Lind, Managing Director, Fels Policy Research Initiative

10:15 AM The City Perspective
What does a research partnership look like from the perspective of a city agency or local nonprofit?

  • Hailey Stern, Outreach Specialist, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Cheryl Bettigole, Division Director for Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Moderator: Mark Alan Hughes, Faculty Director, Fels Policy Research Initiative

11:00 AM Taking Local Research to the Global Level
How are insights learned at the local level helping researchers to understand policy issues at a global level?

  • Vincent Reina, Assistant Professor, PennDesign
  • Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor, German; Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
  • Vivian Gadsden, William T. Carter Professor of Childhood Development and Professor of Education, GSE
  • Moderator: Diana Lind, Managing Director, Fels Policy Research Initiative

12:00 PM Lunch & Keynote

  • Eric Klinenberg, Professor, Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications, New York University

1:00 PM Closing Remarks

  • Diana Lind, Fels Policy Research Initiative

About the Keynote:

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Klinenberg is the coauthor, with Aziz Ansari, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Modern Romance, and author of the acclaimed books Going SoloHeat Wave, and Fighting for Air. His next book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, will be published by Crown in September 2018. In addition to his scholarship, Klinenberg has contributed to The New Yorker, theNew York Times MagazineRolling Stone, Wired, and This American Life.


Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th floor
220 S 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


April 26
8:45 am - 1:30 pm
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Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Forum
220 S 34th St.
Philadelphia, 19104 United States
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