The Social Justice Research Academy brings students — from across the USA and around the world — together with Penn faculty to examine the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice.
Morning Lectures and Discussions - Attend classes with Penn faculty from several disciplines, including urban/global studies, philosophy, race and gender, economics and community development, politics, law and policy, history, sociology, environment, and public health.
Afternoon Workshops and Site Visits - Participate in activities with special guests from community groups, cooperatives, socially responsible businesses, labor unions, political advocacy organizations, environmental projects, urban farms, research institutes, and philanthropies.
The promise of – and the struggle for – freedom is one of the enduring narratives of human society. The faculty will call upon knowledge and experience from many sources:
This academy has been designed for students who are interested in:
Download: 2014 Program Syllabus
Program Director: Andrew T. Lamas, J.D.
Andrew Lamas began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. His primary faculty appointment is in the School of Arts & Sciences’ undergraduate Urban Studies Program, where he focuses on the theoretical and practical dimensions, as well as the philosophical and religious bases, of social justice and economic democracy — in the context of global urbanization. He also teaches students from many of Penn's graduate and professional programs (Law School, Wharton School, School of Nursing, School of Design, and School of Social Policy & Practice).
Are you a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school student? If so, learn how you could attend this program free of charge through our Penn Summer Scholars Program.