A Short Lecture & Cocktails with Prof. Ezekiel Emanuel

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
7:30pm— 9:30pm
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Erina Takizawa

We welcomed Professor Prof. Zeke Emanuel and had a short lecture & cocktail party on Tuesday, April 25.  We had over 50 alumni from different programs and different generations gathered at the posh Tokyo American Club.  


To those who joined, thank you for your support!  In particular, we thank Go-san (WG94) and Nakatsuka-san (WG91) who have been a great help in organizing this event.  


The lecture by Prof. Emanuel titled "Benjamin Franklin's (Implicit) Advice on Living a Long, Fulfilling Life” was extremely educational and inspiring. You could easily observe that from these photos - all of us time traveled back to our student days at Wharton and listened to the lecture extremely attentively!  


The key takeaways were these three phrases: “curiosity”, “growth” and “social interactions” in order to pursue a long, fulfilling life.  We learned about Benjamin Franklin and his amazing multifaceted talents, many of which we did not know.  If you are interested to learn more about Benjamin Franklin, there is a free course offered through Coursera titled “Benjamin Franklin and His World” taught by Prof. Emanuel.


Prof. Emanuel, in addition, very generously shared with us about his activities as the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at U Penn, and his views on Japan (pluses and minuses - particularly with respect to “rigidity” vs. “improvisation”) and on the (potential) impact of AI during the Q&A. 


Well folks, we are going to have more events over the summer and beyond - “The Cutting Edge AI and its Potential Impact on our Society”, “Career Talks by a panel of distinguished alumni with extensive experiences at GAFA” and “the World of Venture Capital and the Start-ups”, just to name a few.  So, please stay tuned.  


If any of you are interested in working with us to organize these events or any other events, we would be keen to have volunteers.


In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.