The Silfen Forum Archives


Past Webcasts and Biographies of Panelists

The David and Lyn Silfen University Forum series was generously endowed by the late University Trustee David M. Silfen and his wife Lyn to foster conversation and debate regarding important contemporary issues.

2019 Silfen Forum panel on stage

2019 The Silfen Forum

Is There an Antidote for the Opioid Epidemic? 
Seeking a Cure for the Worst Drug Crisis in American History

Amy Gutmann. moderator
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The Honorable John Ellis “Jeb” Bush Sr. 
The Honorable James F. Kenney
The Honorable Bertha Madras
Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone

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2018 Silfen Forum panelists on stage

2018 The Silfen Forum

“People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy”

Amy Gutmann, moderator
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The Honorable John Ellis “Jeb” Bush Sr.
Michael Doyle
Dau Jok
Anne C. Richard

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2017 panelists

2017 The Silfen Forum

"A Formidable Foe: Cancer in the 21st Century"

Amy Gutmann, moderator 
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Dr. Otis W. Brawley
Dr. Nancy E. Davidson
Dr. Carl H. June
Kim Vernick

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Penn in China Forum

2015 The Silfen Forum

"Silfen Forum and Gala Celebration of Penn in China"

Amy Gutmann, moderator
Howard Marks
General Colin Powell (Ret.)
Zhang Xin
Li Zhaoxing

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2014 Walter Isaacson

2014 The Silfen Forum

“From Idea to Innovation: The Impactful University” and Pennovation Center Groundbreaking

Amy Gutmann, moderator
Walter Isaacson

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2013 panelist

2013 The Silfen Forum

“Open Learning and the Future of Higher Education” 

Amy Gutmann, moderator
Thomas L. Friedman
Martha J. Kanter
William E. Kirwan
Daphne Koller 

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2012 panelists

2012 The Silfen Forum

"Is America Broken? A Conversation on the 2012 Elections and Beyond”

Amy Gutmann, moderator
Charles Blow
John Lapinski
Peggy Noonan
Ed Rendell
Alan Simpson

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2010 panelists

2010 The Silfen Forum

“The Polarized Polis: Public Debate in the United States”

Amy Gutmann, moderator
John J. DiIulio, Jr.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
John L. Jackson
Jim Leach
Andrea Mitchell

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2009 Silfen Forum Founders

2009 The Silfen Forum

“After the Fall: A World Transformed?”

Amy Gutmann, moderator
Jennifer Amyx
Harold Cole
Don Kettl
Richard Marston
David Skeel

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