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Associate Professor of Classical Studies Thomas Tartaron discusses the evolution of the Olympic Games.Blake Cole
Imagine flipping on the television after a long four years, hungry for Olympic coverage, and after one 192-meter race, the closing ceremony begins. It would be a huge letdown; but in 776 B.C., this single event was the talk of the town, says Thomas Tartaron.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Kok-Chor Tan examines the intricacies of distributive justice on a global scale.Blake Cole
Bad luck. We’ve all experienced it—the car breakdown on the way to work; the AC sputtering out on the hottest day of the year. Some bad luck isn’t as easy to recover from, though, especially when it veers into the tragic: natural disasters, serious health concerns and crippling poverty.
Undergraduate student James Sadler investigates successful area high schools.Greg Johnson
James Sadler, C’13, is a man with a passion. A political science major with a minor in urban education, Sadler has been engaging with the Philadelphia school system since his freshman year, volunteering in various schools as well as writing an 89-page report that Joseph P.
John MacDonald sheds light on the Trayvon Martin case and the impact it's making on the public.Brea Stover
The Trayvon Martin case is the latest chapter in a difficult story of race, crime and justice in America, as John MacDonald, Associate Professor and Chair of Criminology, will tell you.
Social scientist Jere Behrman gives an inside look at his work outside the classroom.Brea Stover and Rachel Witte
When not in the classroom, Jere Behrman, the William R. Kenan, Jr.
Anthropologist Theodore Schurr studies the connection between Native Americans and the Altai population.Mark Wolverton
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.
Graduate student Whitney Laemmli discusses the evolution of pointe shoes.Greg Johnson
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.
John Lapinski shares his insider view on the Republican presidential nomination race.Blake Cole
Ever wonder how news networks are able to call elections so early on? Sometimes before even one percent of precincts have reported?
Penn students discuss their summer internship experiences in India.Rachel Witte
When traveling to India for the first time, it’s best not to plan too much.
Walter Licht uses history to explain why the recession might be here to stay.Brea Stover
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.
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