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Keynote Lecture: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on Resilience

  • ARCH 208 3601 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Check out video footage of Dr. Nadkarni's keynote here!

As part of the third event in a five-part public speakers series exploring a Curriculum for the New Normal, generously co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts & Sciences, PPEH is delighted to host Professor of Biology at the University of Utah Nalini Nadkarni to discuss the topic of resilience. Dr. Nadkarni will participate in a range of events while visiting PPEH: a field trip to RAIR to make a video short about resilience and the waste stream, lead a workshop with PPEH Fellows, participate in a working lunch with Penn faculty to discuss global sustainabilities, and deliver a public keynote address followed by a roundtable discussion about resilience.

2:30-3:30 PM (ARCH 208): Nalini Nadkarni Keynote lecture, "Using Tapestry Thinking for an Interdisciplinary Understanding of Disturbance, Recovery, and Resilience"

3:45-5:00 PM (ARCH 208): Following the keynote, there will be a roundtable on Resilience Across Disciplines exploring the natural world, the built environment, and the human psyche, with Dr. Judy Saltzberg (Penn Resilience Programs and Penn Positive Psychology Center) and Dilip da Cunha (Penn Design), moderated by Dr. Brenda Casper (Penn Biology).

Nalini Nadkarni is a professor of Biology and the director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Her research focuses on the ecological roles that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests and examines the effects of forest fragmentation on communities. Her work is collaborative and interdisciplinary: she engages non-scientific audiences, partners with artists to enhance conservation of forests, and is committed to environmental and social justice

In 1994, Dr. Nadkarni co-founded the International Canopy Network, a non-profit that fosters communication among scholars and conservationists concerned with forest canopies. 

 Judith Saltzberg

Judith Saltzberg

Judith Saltzberg, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.   She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. 

Saltzberg has worked with the Penn Positive Psychology Center for the past 25years, teaching resilience skills to a wide range of populations. Participants have ranged from college freshman at risk for depression, vocational rehabilitation counselors, school teachers from the United Kingdom and Australia, NCO’s from the United States Army, and most recently, Penn’s Division of Public Safety.  She is an Instructor in the University of Pennsylvania's Masters of Applied Positive Psychology—MAPP—Program where she teaches a course on Positive Psychology and Individuals.  AFounding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, she maintains a private practice in the Philadelphia area.

 Dilip da Cunha

Dilip da Cunha

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner. He is coauthor of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (Delhi: NGMA and Rupa & Co., 2009), and, more recently co-editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (A+RD Publishers, San Francisco, 2014). Da Cunha, with his partner Anuradha Mathur, have focused their work on a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that leads to conditions of its excess and scarcity. Their work also draws out opportunities that water’s fluidities and complexities offer for new visualizations of terrain and design imagination. It guides their teaching and design studios but also their research and practice. Da Cunha is Adjunct Professor at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania and on the faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore.

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