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Authors@Wharton offers intellectual engagement by way of bestselling authors.

The mission of the Authors@Wharton Speaker Series is to enrich intellectual engagement and encourage dialogue between students, faculty, and alumni outside of the classroom.

Arianna Huffington

Bestselling Authors on Campus

Launched in 2012 by Professor Adam Grant, the speaker series is open to all students, alumni, and members of the Penn community at no cost. Authors@Wharton speakers are world-renowned authors of trade books who come to campus share their ideas on topics ranging from management to the social sciences to gender in the workplace. We often distribute a limited number of the speakers’ books at the events, and have the UPENN bookstore onsite during the event.

Events are typically held on weeknights throughout the Fall and Spring semesters from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Our 2014-2015 lineup included Peter Thiel, Malcolm Gladwell, BBC’s Katty Kay, Google’s Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg, Jack Welch, Stephen Dubner, Gretchen Rubin and more. For our full list of previous speakers, click here.

Events for Fall 2015


Garry Kasparov
World Chess Champion
Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
*Doors Open: 4:20pm


Martine Rothblatt
SiriusXM founder and United Therapeutics CEO
Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
*Doors open: 5:20pm
JMHH 8th Floor

Mitch Albom

Author and Journalist
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel
Friday, November 13, 2015
*Doors Open: 12:00pm
Claudia Cohen Hall, G17


Mark Cuban
Shark Tank judge, Mavericks owner, entrepreneur, and investor
How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
Sunday, November 15, 2015
*Doors open: 8:00pm
Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium


Phil Tetlock & Maurice Schweitzer
Superforecasting: The  Art & Science of Prediction by Phil Tetlock
Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both by Maurice Schweitzer
December 2, 2015
*Doors open: 4:15
SHDH 350

Contact Us

For questions about registration, comments and/or suggestions for upcoming talks, email:

Kate FitzGerald
Director of Marketing & Communications

Megan Moser
Associate Director

The dialogue with Anne-Marie Slaughter was a great forum to discuss the work/life concerns many women and men at Wharton struggle with, especially those of us planning to re-enter the workforce in a few short months. I was especially appreciative of her perspective on the importance of sticking to one’s values and priorities, even when faced with criticism.

Kizzy Maitland, WG