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Penn Lightbulb Cafe: Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River

  • World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River

By Professor Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of German and Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6–7 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

The banks of the lower, tidal Schuylkill River in Philadelphia support both an oil refinery and a bird sanctuary. The river is home to the eastern seaboard's largest oil port, in operation since the 1870s, and long-standing residential neighborhoods. This talk explores the history of these entanglements, drawing on collaborations of artists, scientists, historians, community partners, and urban planners catalyzed by the WetLand Project, a floating lab for experiments in sustainability, moored at Bartram's Garden. And it asks, how we might hope to envision the future of this river and the many lives it sustains?

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at 

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.