25th Anniversary

The Netter Center will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in July 2017 and host events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.  Join us! 

Please see below for a preview of our 25th Anniversary International Conference, which will be held November 16-17, 2017.


Please click on links to the left to view information on our 20th Anniversary.


Twenty-fifth Anniversary International Conference on
“Higher Education-Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change”
November 16-17, 2017


Thursday, November 16, 2017


8:30 AM-8:45 AM              Welcoming Remarks: Steven Fluharty, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences


8:45 AM-10:15 AM            Opening Plenary: Presidential Perspectives on Higher Education-Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change


10:30 AM-12:00 PM          Thematic Panel Sessions 1

Arts and Culture

Community-Based Participatory Action Research across the Globe

Community Health

Community Leadership

College Access

Media and New Technologies


12:15 PM-2:00 PM             Remarks from Penn President Amy Gutmann and Awards Luncheon


2:15 PM-3:45 PM               Thematic Panel Sessions 2

Academically Based Community Service and Service Learning

Anchor Institutions

Broadening Participation in STEM

Sports, Fitness, and Health

Student/Alumni Civic Engagement Panel

University-Community-School Partnerships


4:00 PM-5:00 PM               Keynote – Mayor’s Plenary


6:00 PM-8:00 PM               Evening Reception with Remarks from Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President



Friday, November 17, 2017


8:30 AM-8:45 AM              Welcoming Remarks: Jeffrey Cooper, Vice President, Govt. and Community Affairs


8:45 AM-10:15 AM            Plenary: Presidential Perspectives on Universities, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement


10:30 AM-12:00 PM          Thematic Panel Sessions 3

Education, Citizenship, and Democracy

Communities, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation

Humanities and the Liberal Arts

Race, Class, and Poverty

University-Assisted Community Economic Development


12:15 PM-2:30 PM             Lunch and Closing Plenary

Remarks from Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett

Where Do We Go From Here? Global Perspectives from Leaders of Higher Educational Organizations 


Please click on the menu to the left for the full agenda.