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  • January 2015

    The Good Bureaucrat

    John DiIulio Jr. discusses his new book on American bureaucracy and the disappearance of the federal worker.

    The term “bureaucracy” has become synonymous with an overadherence to rules and structure—red tape. But, over time, John DiIulio Jr. says, America’s aversion to a well-trained, governmental workforce has come back to bite it.

  • January 2015

    Those Who Write History

    Presidential Term Professor Heather Williams thought long and hard about her short introduction to slavery.

    Heather William’s small new book was a big assignment. The Presidential Term Professor of Africana Studies’ 130-page American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction is part of a series from Oxford University Press that offers succinct starters on topics from accounting to witchcraft. It was a new kind of project for Williams, who had written two previous books.

  • January 2015

    A Q&A With Penn’s Newest Rhodes Scholar

    Rutendo Chigora, C’15, talks about her plans and her social venture in Zimbabwe.

    Rutendo Chigora, a College senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of the nation’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship. She is the 22nd Penn undergraduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar since the fellowship began in 1904. The scholarships fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. 

  • December 2014

    Penn Introduces Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

    Assistant Professor Margaret Bruchac is building an interdisciplinary program on long-term strengths.

    A new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) gives Penn students not just another academic option but another way of looking at the world.

  • December 2014

    Intellectual Bootcamp

    The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen opens minds—and doors.

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  • December 2014

    A Critical Look at the Human Rights Council (Video)

    Undergraduate Benjamin Fogel examines the effectiveness of the United Nations’ efforts.

    Recently students at the College's annual Family Weekend were given the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, where they presented on the topics they are most passionate about.

  • December 2014

    Telling Time

    Assistant Professor of History Vanessa Ogle describes how the world slowly got on the same schedule.

    This New Year’s Eve, we’ll watch the beginning of 2015 be celebrated again and again, from Hong Kong to Barcelona to New York to Hawaii. Our global time zones seem so straightforward, but it took more than 50 years to put them fully in place.

  • November 2014

    Social Media and War (Video)

    Wing So, C'16, examines social media’s impact on war.

    Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences reinforce the idea that students at any level can tackle complex issues with a fresh perspective. Recently, students at the College's annual Family Weekend were given the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, where they presented on the topics they are most passionate about. 

  • November 2014

    Just a Hypocrite?

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson looks at Seneca’s compromises.

    What would you think of a man who amassed a huge personal fortune as he tutored and advised a disastrous dictator—all the while saying that virtue was the only thing that mattered? Call him a hypocrite and dismiss him? Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson asks us to think again.

  • November 2014

    Far From Left

    Professor of Political Science Adolph Reed, Jr. examines liberal politics.

    Have American liberals lost their way? Adolph Reed, Jr. thinks so. It hasn’t happened overnight. It’s been a gradual decline, beginning in the period between 1935 and 1945—what Reed calls the golden age of the left. During this time, Democrats rallied around President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor and medical care initiatives.