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Civil discourse project launched in memory of late Law School Dean

March 18, 2013

Family and friends of the late Bernard Wolfman C’46, L’48, a former Dean of Penn Law during the 1970s, have established The Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project in his memory. The Project’s inaugural public policy forum, on the topic of the federal government’s appropriate role in health care, will take place March 28 at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park.

Wolfman, who died in 2011, began his teaching career at Penn Law, where he was named Dean in 1970. He led the Law School until 1976, when he joined the faculty of Harvard Law School.

The Civil Discourse Project is a forum to discuss critical issues. The project values civil disagreement and provides opportunities for people on all sides of an issue to learn from one another and take meaningful action.

The initiative was created by Wolfman’s daughter, Dina Wolfman Baker, to perpetuate her father’s legacy of education and social activism. The project is based at Beth Sholom Congregation, the synagogue with which Dean Wolfman was most deeply connected in his adult life.

The March 28 forum features a dialogue between health care policy experts Stuart Butler, PhD, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA. The event is free, but requires pre-registration. For more details or to register for the forum, visit