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Penn President Amy Gutmann

2019 CONVOCATION ADDRESS

News Highlights

Six Penn seniors were named recipients of the 2019 President’s Engagement Prize. They are Princess Aghayere, Summer Kollie, and Oladunni Alomaja, for Rebound Liberia; José Á. Maciel and Antonio E. Renteria, for Cultivando Juntos (Cultivating Together); and Brendan Taliaferro, for Host Homes for LGBTQ Youth in Philadelphia. Three seniors received the President’s Innovation Prize: Malika Shukurova and Katherine Sizov, for Strella Biotechnology, and Michael Wong, for InstaHub.

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The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics’ opened its doors as the new home of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, the Penn Institute for Economic Research, and the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies.  “One of the most important roles of a great university is to encourage open dialogue, the free exchange of ideas, and civil and robust expression of divergent views, on our campus and all around the world,” President Gutmann stated. “This building will be a place to do just that.”

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Penn President Amy Gutmann delivered the keynote address at Changing the National Conversation: Inclusion and Equity.  The conference, held on Penn’s campus at the Perry World House and the Levy Conference Center at Penn Law, was organized and co-sponsored by the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College.  This invitational event brought together more than 100 presidents, provosts, and senior administrators from across the country to think strategically about the important work of increasing faculty diversity and excellence and fostering inclusive excellence for the entire campus community.

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By creating an atmosphere for collaboration, creativity, and productivity for innovators from all disciplines, the Pennovation Center brings people together to foster interaction and the exchange of ideas.

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President Gutmann in the News

Bioethics and changing health care
Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY-FM) | 09/05/2019 President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed the role of bioethics in contemporary medicine and their new book, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die.”
Medical science needs to partner with ethics
Psychology Today | 08/26/2019 “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America,” a new book by President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno, was reviewed.
The ethical mess of our healthcare system
The New York Times | 08/14/2019 President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno authored an op-ed about the U.S. health care system. “By revising and reinforcing the A.C.A.,” they wrote, “we can benefit all Americans without threatening any with the loss of hard-fought, lifesaving health coverage. Surely our fellow Americans with life-threatening diseases of all sorts are also worth saving.”
Jon Bon Jovi receives honorary degree from University of Pennsylvania
Times of India | 05/21/2019 At Monday’s Commencement ceremony, President Amy Gutmann lauded Jon Bon Jovi for his musical achievements and community restaurants. “The pay-it-forward model (of the Soul Kitchen) serves in-need and paying customers with dignity and encourages their active participation through volunteer services,” she said. The musician and humanitarian was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree.