WHO: David Gibson, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania
WHAT: Penn Lightbulb Café lecture on “Conversational Syntax, Turn-Taking and the Fate of the World During the Cuban Missile Crisis
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 26, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Peppermill Café, 2nd loor, Penn Museum
3260 South St, Philadelphia
(Kress Entrance on the east side of the Museum closest to Convention Avenue)
The Penn Lightbulb Café is a new lecture series illuminating the arts, humanities and social sciences. Leading professors and luminaries in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences shed light on their researchngage Penn’s best and brightest in stimulating conversation in a lively questionandanswer session.
Gibson kicks off the inaugural talk of the lecture series. He examines hours of secretly taped meetings between President John F. Kennedy and his top advisers during the Cuban missile crisis. The meetings provide a rare inside look at high-level political deliberation in a moment of crisis and the role of talk in shaping the perception of options.
Gibson shows how Kennedy’s decisions arose from the intersection of distant events unfolding in Cuba, in Moscow and the high seas with the immediate conversational minutia of turn taking, storytelling, argument and justification.
The Penn Lightbulb Café is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVPs are encouraged and can be made by ontacting Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email@example.com.
A special menu of Cuban food and beverages and American comfort food will be available for purchase.