Alumni Events

Alumni and friends of Penn GSE are invited to connect with the School, the University, and each other at the events below. We hope to see you soon!

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Upcoming Events 

March 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Catalyst | 5th Floor | 3440 Market Street | Philadelphia, PA


As a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Knowledge Teach-In, Harris Sokoloff and Jonathan Zimmerman will bring together several speakers from the Penn community to debate one of the most contentious issues in contemporary American life: sexual harassment. The session will aim not simply to shed light on this complicated question, but also to see if we can establish civil conversations between people with very different answers to it. Registration not required.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Van Pelt Library | Class of '55 Room | 3420 Walnut Street | Philadelphia, PA


As a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Knowledge Teach-In, the Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) will screen American Creed, a new PBS film that explores values underlying American identity and encourages dialogue across difference. Join us to discuss issues raised in the film and learn ways to co-construct knowledge and strategies for engaging in civic participation and civic discourse. Registration not required.



Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:30am
Mask and Wig Clubhouse | 310 S. Quince Street | Philadelphia, PA


Penn’s Mask and Wig is an all-male comedy troupe that has entertained Philadelphians and the Penn community since 1889 with its original revues.  This year’s production, I Am What I Amazon, has been adapted to appeal to children ages 12 and under.  Bring the kids for lunch (hot dogs, chips, beverage) and the show.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Click here to learn more and register. 


April 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join Penn Professor Fred Dickinson, Penn Alumni Travel, and tour operator Odysseys Unlimited for an informative session about your upcoming Japan trip with the Virtual Globetrotter Series. This webinar will take a brief look at the itinerary before discussing travel tips and answering any questions you may have. This session will be open to Q&A throughout.

Click here to learn more and register. 


Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Penn Engineering | PERCH Lab | 3401 Grays Ferry Ave. | Philadelphia, PA


Join Dan Miller Ueda, manager of Penn SEAS GRASP Lab, for a hands-on opportunity to learn how using robotics can enhance teaching and learning. The PERCH (Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub) facility is at Pennovation, 3601 Grays Ferry Ave.

This event sponsored by the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program at Penn GSE. 

Event Contact: Maureen Cotterill (


Friday, April 13, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New York Public Library | Salomon Room | 476 5th Ave. | New York, NY


Dean Pam Grossman warmly invites you to the annual Penn GSE AERA Reception in New York City.

Register by April 4. Please click here to RSVP


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online or In-Person at Sweeten Alumni House


Join Penn Professor Herman Beavers for an interactive discussion of his newly-released poetry chapbook, Obsidian Blues. You can download this work for free here

Click here to learn more and register. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Penn GSE | 3700 Walnut Street | Room 203 | Philadelphia, PA


Each year, Penn GSE welcomes leading thinkers and researchers from across the country for its Visiting Scholars of Color lecture series.  

Robbin Chapman, the associate provost and academic director of diversity and inclusion at Wellesley College, will close out the series April 25. 


May 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Hall of Flags | Houston Hall | 3417 Spruce Street | Philadelphia, PA


Considered the most prestigious and well-funded education business plan competition, since 2010 the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) has earned a name for itself by attracting innovative ideas from around the world and spotting winning education innovations early on. Previous finalists have gone on to grow their ventures, attract investors, and have a positive impact on education. 

Click here to register for this year's Venture Path Conference.



Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare | 800 East Grand Avenue | Chicago, IL


Join Penn Alumni Education and The Penn Fund for an afternoon of Macbeth! Penn’s Shakespeare scholar, Professor Zachary Lesser will offer a talk on the play and its author, after which we’ll enjoy a three-course lunch at Riva at Navy Pier. Together we’ll walk to the brand new, flexible performance space, The Yard, to enjoy a matinee performance of Macbeth. Created by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), you’re sure to enjoy their enchanted take on “the Scottish play” even more after Dr. Lesser’s lecture!

Tickets are $75 (includes show, lecture, and lunch), and are limited and non-refundable.

Click here to learn more and register. 


Saturday, May 12, 2018 (All day)


Join us over Penn’s Alumni Weekend for an annual tradition that celebrates the extraordinary impact of our entire community, including the Voices in Education program and Education Alumni Awards.

More details to come – stay tuned!