The Wharton School's First-ever Evolution of Learning Symposium features A Whole New Mind author Daniel Pink

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Inaugural program features discussions of how education is changing in the midst of technological, global, and economic shifts.

The Wharton School's Alfred West Jr. Learning Lab is sponsoring the inaugural Wharton Evolution of Learning symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 9:00 AM to noon at Huntsman Hall on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The conference website is located at http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/learningandtechnology.

Due to rapid changes in technology, the face of employment, and the economy, higher education finds itself at a crossroads.

  •     Have educators kept up with this evolution of global consciousness?
  •     Does the status quo meet the challenges of today's world?
  •     Is the education community prepared to transform an entire system of pedagogies and infrastructures?

The Evolution of Learning will address and answer these questions through discussions with some of the nation's most forward-thinking educators. The symposium's keynote speaker will be Daniel Pink, best-selling author of A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, who is renowned for addressing the changing model of work and our shift from the information age to the conceptual age. Mr. Pink's website can be found at http://www.danpink.com.

After his address, Mr. Pink will lead a panel discussion of how schools can respond positively to this unique moment in the history of higher education. Panel members include:

  •     Chris Lehmann, Founding principal of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy
  •     Doug Lynch, Vice Dean at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
  •     Karl T. Ulrich, CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

By participating in this re-imagining, attendees will get practical advice for transforming the impending educational upheaval into new opportunities for their own institutions. The conference is designed not only for those in the educational community, but also for any individual or organization which will be impacted by the shift in how students are being educated.

The registration fee is $60 per person; students are $30. There is a discount for three or more registrations from the same institution. The registration area on May 13 will open at 8:00 AM and will feature a light breakfast before the start of the symposium at 9:00 AM. For more information, including registration, visit the symposium's website at http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/learningandtechnology.

About the Wharton School:
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania - founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school - is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 12,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of more than 84,000 graduates. For more information: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu

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