Frontiers - Society

  • 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.

  • September 2014

    Knowledge Vault

    Sophomore Brianna Krejci investigates the cemeteries of historic Germantown.

    By the time spring semester had ended, Brianna Krejci had already decided what she was not going to do: spend the summer back home in Wisconsin. She turned instead to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships in her search for a unique summer job that would have an impact on the Philadelphia community. She found it at the Historic Germantown Society.
  • September 2014

    Poverty Warrior

    Remembering Annenberg Professor of History Michael Katz.

    “My most valued colleague, Michael B. Katz, just passed away after a long struggle with cancer. I already miss him terribly,” Thomas Sugrue wrote on his Facebook page August 24. Sugrue, the David Boies Professor of History, went on, “He was a model mentor and scholar, someone who fearlessly engaged the world outside the academy.

  • September 2014

    Understanding ISIS/ISIL (Video)

    A Political Science Roundtable Discussion

    What is ISIS? Where did it come from, what does it want, and how is the group's emergence related to broader political trends in the Middle East? And what does this mean for the West?