Frontiers - Society

  • March 2012

    Tracing the First Americans

    Anthropologist Theodore Schurr studies the connection between Native Americans and the Altai population.

    The idea that the Americas were originally settled by Asian people migrating to North, and eventually South America across the Bering Strait, has been conclusively established by more than a century of extensive archaeological work. But recent decades have provided scientists with powerful new investigative tools to confirm this hypothesis.

  • March 2012

    A Pointe in Time

    Graduate student Whitney Laemmli discusses the evolution of pointe shoes.

    Pointe shoes have been co-stars in some of ballet’s most iconic and well-known moments, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that ballerinas started routinely going en pointe—the act of dancing on the tip of their toes—and not until the 20th century that dancers began spending the majority of their time on stage en pointe.

  • February 2012

    Calling It Like He Sees It

    John Lapinski shares his insider view on the Republican presidential nomination race.

    John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Ever wonder how news networks are able to call elections so early on? Sometimes before even one percent of precincts have reported?

  • January 2012

    From India, With Love

    Penn students discuss their summer internship experiences in India.

    When traveling to India for the first time, it’s best not to plan too much.

  • November 2011

    Recession Lesson

    Walter Licht uses history to explain why the recession might be here to stay.

    When signs indicated that the U.S. economy was in trouble, the usual experts were not necessarily the best prognosticators. That, at least, is Walter Licht’s conclusion. Licht, the Walter H.

  • November 2011

    A Teetering Domino

    Antonio Merlo riffs on Italy’s looming economic collapse.

    With the Eurozone in dire straits and Greece’s economy up against the wall, all eyes have turned to Italy—once a bastion of wealth, it is now threatened by massive debt and widespread corruption. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s ex-Prime Minister, was forced out after weathering scandals of moral, economic and political consequence.

  • November 2011

    Unearthing New Ideas

    Young scholars explore cutting-edge research topics at this year's Undergraduate Research Fair.

    Undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences reinforce the idea that students at any level can tackle complex issues with a fresh perspective. Each year, young scholars are given the opportunity to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Fair where they spotlight the topics they are most passionate about.

  • October 2011

    Science Friction

    Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno discusses the battle over science in America.

    With evolution, climate change and stem cell research in constant debate, the modern American political forum has become a battleground for champions of science and guardians of traditional values.

  • October 2011

    Troubled Paradise

    Anthropologist Deborah Thomas examines the history of violence in Jamaica.

    The clear turquoise waters and sweet reggae melodies that grace Jamaica Tourist Board commercials tend to dominate the United States’ image of the Caribbean nation.

  • September 2011

    Tracking Change

    Ksenia Gorbenko analyzes media and its effect on social movements.

    Successful social movements, in hindsight, are almost always defined by the underdog—the disenfranchised overcoming the odds to secure new freedoms. Whether it’s the liberation movement led by Gandhi or the U.S. Civil Rights movement, all have one thing in common: the harnessing of the media, in some form, to aid in their cause.