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  • 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.

    “HOOORAAAHHHH, ACCEPTED INTO PENN!!!! WOOOHOOO #UPENN2018"

  • 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.

  • October 2014

    How You Win the Game

    Psychology professor Coren Apicella explores the relationship between competition and hormones.

    When Zach Hertz of the Philadelphia Eagles caught the first touchdown that led to this season’s shutout against the Giants, both his arms shot skywards in a wide V. To Assistant Professor of Psychology Coren Apicella, this display signals something more than a moment of celebration.

  • October 2014

    Prison and Health

    Graduate student Valerio Bacak gathers evidence for better criminal justice penalties.

    How does imprisonment affect health? Valerio Bacak, a doctoral candidate in sociology, is developing new ways to find answers.

  • October 2014

    Mistaken Identity

    Sociologist Emilio Parrado discusses the demographic relationship between fertility and immigration.

    This past August, Professor of Sociology Emilio Parrado was part of a team awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the interaction between immigration and fertility. Using existing population data and new analytics methods, Parrado, also the department chair, seeks to refine the way U.S.