Upcoming Events: Inforum

Thu 2/11

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Valentine's Day, the INFORUM Way: Science of Seduction with Dr. Jennifer Rhodes

Date: Thu, February 11, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Skip the fancy restaurant and expensive roses: make INFORUM your date this Valentine's Day (our annual party!) and sharpen your seduction skills!

Join INFORUM and Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, a licensed psychologist, dating coach and image consultant (and possibly your new best friend as a result), for an evening exploring what seduction really means and how it plays into all of our interactions.

Seduction's not just about sex: we'll talk science, strategy, skill building and more. Whether you're single and on the prowl, keeping your relationship hot or just flexing those flirting muscles, learn how to keep the art of seduction in your arsenal every day, not just on Valentine's Day.

After the talk, stick around for the annual INFORUM V-Day shindig, full of booze, snacks and plenty of chances to practice your new seductive tactics. 

Fri 2/19

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Senator Cory Booker: United

Date: Fri, February 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from New Jersey
In Conversation with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Cory Booker, the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, has built his career in public service by fighting for his belief that we as a nation must come together and rise above that which divides us in order to protect the principles and ideals that unite us.

Senator Booker's first book, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, details the people who inspired him to seek public office, the moments that influenced his civic vision once he was elected and the issues that drive his political agenda, such as social, economic and environmental justice.

In United, Senator Booker also calls for the American people to refocus our attention and especially our politics on the principals of compassion and solidarity to steer our nation toward a brighter future.

Join us in welcoming Senator Booker to the INFORUM stage for an uplifting and insightful conversation.

Thu 2/25

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This event is Sold Out

Adam Grant: Success and Originality

Date: Thu, February 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Adam Grant, Wharton Professor; Author, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World; Twitter  
Reid Hoffman, Co Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn—Moderator

Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” —Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

What does it mean to be original? Using studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. Grant explores different ways to nurture and encourage originality both personally and professionally.

Grant has been recognized as Wharton's top-rated teacher for four straight years and is one of Malcolm Gladwell's favorite social science writers.

Tue 3/15

Ellen R. Malcolm: The Evolution of EMILY's List

Date: Tue, March 15, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Ellen R. Malcolm, Founder, EMILY's List
Christine Bronstein, Founder, Nothing But the Truth Publishing; Author; Mother—Moderator

In 1985 Ellen R. Malcolm launched EMILY’s List, which has grown into a powerhouse political organization over three million members strong, focused on creating change by electing pro-choice women to office. When EMILY’s List began, there were only 12 Democratic women in the House and none in the Senate; today, EMILY’s List has played a vital role in helping to elect 19 female senators, 11 governors and 110 Democratic women to the House.

Malcolm's new book, When Women Win: EMILY's List and the Rise of Women in American Politics, includes interviews with some of today’s most celebrated Democratic female politicians, including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Baldwin and others. The book also recounts some of the most daunting political challenges for Democratic female candidates over the past three decades, including the historic election of Barbara Mikulski as the first female U.S. senator, the defeat of Todd Akin by Claire McCaskill, and Elizabeth Warren’s hard-fought victory over Scott Brown.

Join us for a lively discussion with Ellen R. Malcolm about the evolution of EMILY’s List, the brave women who have successfully navigated our nation’s tough political landscape and what the future holds for women in politics.

Thu 3/31

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Shannon Watts: Gun Safety Is a Winning Issue

Date: Thu, March 31, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Shannon Watts, Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. That online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that both respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action is the leading gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 3.5 million members and chapters in all 50 states.

Since its founding, Moms Demand has taken the fight for new and stronger gun laws to the states, passing background check laws in six states and battling gun bills that it thinks would undermine public safety. It persuaded corporations such as Starbucks, Target and Chipotle to adopt "gun sense" policies that put the safety of their employees and customers first. It's shaping the conversation about responsible gun ownership in America through its Be SMART campaign, which encourages responsible gun storage. And now, Moms Demand is building on these victories by making gun violence prevention a political priority in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Join INFORUM for a relevant and engaging discussion with Shannon about this important topic. 

Wed 4/13

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Beyond Prisons: A Conversation About Criminal Justice Reform

Date: Wed, April 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Van Jones, President & Co-Founder, #cut50; CNN Political Commentator; Former White House Special Advisor
Shaka Senghor, Director of Strategy and Innovation, #cut50; Writer; Mentor; Motivational Speaker

Currently, more than 2 million Americans are in prison, close to one out of every 100 Americans. As a result, the federal government spends $80 billion each year on the incarceration industry while projects such as improving our national infrastructure and educational systems continue to be drastically underfunded.

#Cut50, a national, bipartisan initiative co-founded by Van Jones, is working to safely and smartly reduce the American prison population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. Hear from Van and Shaka Senghor, author of the memoir Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison, about why they believe that now is the perfect time to achieve meaningful criminal justice reform and how #cut50 plans to make it happen.

Join INFORUM for a timely, insightful and illuminating conversation about criminal justice reform in America. 

Wed 5/4

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United States Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil: Big Data and You

Date: Wed, May 04, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

DJ Patil, United States Chief Data Scientist

Big data’s role in our lives is increasing, whether we realize it or not. From influencing our health-care decisions to helping to make our streets safer, big data has changed the way that our government and the private sector are tackling some of today’s most complicated social and economic issues.

Join us in welcoming U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil to the INFORUM stage for a conversation about the benefits and controversies surrounding human-centered big data and how it affects us in our everyday lives.