Frontiers - Society

  • April 2015

    Historical Brew

    Doctoral candidate Omar Foda examines the history of the beer industry in Egypt.

    For Omar Foda, beer is in the blood. From the 1960s to the 1980s, his grandfather worked for the brewery that produced the storied Egyptian beer Stella.

  • April 2015

    Penn Connects with China Song by Song (Video)

    Danny DiIulio, C’15, and the Fox Leadership Initiative build bonds on the personal level.

    Some songs just get stuck in our heads, but a song written by Danny DiIulio, C'15, for some homesick college students touched hearts and is helping to build lasting relationships between Penn and China.  

  • April 2015

    Knowledge by the Slice: Charisma for Everyone? (Video)

    Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology Randall Collins looks at the ingredients that make up social magnetism.

    Can you learn to be charismatic? Randall Collins, the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology, discusses what characteristics Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Napoleon had in common in this Knowledge by the Slice lecture on Micro-Sociological Ingredients of Charismatic Leadership.

  • March 2015

    Playground Tactics

    Doctoral candidate in history Thomas Brinkerhoff discusses political propaganda in mid-20th-century Argentina.

    Here in the U.S. we are not strangers to aggressive political campaigns. In mid-20th-century Argentina, however, not even children’s magazines were off limits in the quest of President Juan Domingo Perón to turn the working-class family into the government’s most loyal advocate.

  • March 2015

    Breaking New Ground in Azerbaijan

    As one of the first Westerners to excavate there, Robert H. Dyson Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology Lauren Ristvet is building a broader picture of empire.

    Lauren Ristvet has spent most of her career on the edge. As an archeology major, she began her research in Syria, on the periphery of ancient Mesopotamia. After earning her Ph.D., she knew she wanted to work next in the archaeologically underexplored Azerbaijan, once the edge of the Persian Empire.

  • March 2015

    These Are Not the Droids You’re Looking For

    Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science Adelheid Voskuhl argues that although humans are fascinated with robots, it’s not always for the same reasons.

    Was an 18th-century automated harpsichord player the forerunner of the Terminator? They’re both mechanical humanoids and are often analyzed together, but Heidi Voskuhl, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, suggests that they shouldn’t always be. 

  • February 2015

    A Prison Culture

    Professor of Political Science Marie Gottschalk discusses mass incarceration in the U.S.

    America has a prison problem. One out of every 100 adults in the U.S. is behind bars, whether it’s a state or federal prison or a local jail. Even more striking, one out of every 23 is under some form of state supervision. And even if you don’t know anyone on the inside, you are part of the prison culture, says Marie Gottschalk. 

  • February 2015

    Home Away from Home

    Deqa Farah, C’15, discusses the Somali diaspora.

    When College senior Deqa Farah completed her international relations research methods course, designed to help majors formulate thesis ideas, she decided on a topic that hit close to home.

  • 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.