Quick Facts: 

Each year The Alvin Gutman Public Scholar Lecture invites an engaged scholar or practitioner to bring new ideas and ask critical questions to help students and the University of Pennsylvania community be more effective in their work for social change.

On March 16, Civic House hosted the 2nd Annual Alvin Gutman Public Scholar Lecture in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. The energizing guest lecturer was Dr. David Stovall, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose topic was “Justice! On What Terms? Critical Consciousness and the Promise of Community Transformation.”

A capacity crowd of 150 faculty, staff, and students participated in the timely and thought-provoking conversation and photography exhibit about race, the public education system, and community empowerment.

Civic House, Penn’s hub for social justice education rooted in community partnerships, proudly honors the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Alvin Gutman, who grew up in West Philadelphia and dedicated his life to meaningful causes that benefitted society. The lecture was generously endowed by his daughter, Jane Gutman CW'73, who was in attendance along with her mother, Mary Bert Gutman, brother Jim Gutman, and sons Jake Gutman, C'14 and Peter Gutman, C'16.

Dr. John Jackson Jr., Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice, gave the inaugural Alvin Gutman Public Scholar Lecture in 2015 speaking on “Critical Citizenship: Learning from the Protests of 2014.”

Each Gutman lecture is viewable in its entirety online at the Civic House website.