Mary Frances Berry Discusses Her New Book “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times”

MFB news

Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and a professor of history and Africana studies, has tackled the history of constitutional racism in America, child care, women’s rights, voter suppression, racial identity, and activism. As the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Berry demanded equal rights throughout five presidential administrations. She is also a former assistant secretary for education in what was then known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She’s received 35 honorary doctoral degrees.

Berry is the author of 12 books, the most recent being “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times.” In it, she shares her memories of being a protestor, provides an in-depth analysis of protest strategies, and highlights lessons from a lengthy history of fighting against injustice.

Based on firsthand experience and historical research, Berry outlines the power of resistance and outlines the ways in which protest is a key ingredient in politics.

Click here to read the full story.

Arts & Sciences News

Ivan Dmochowski Named Alan MacDiarmid Term Professor

Ivan Dmochowski, Professor of Chemistry, has been named the Alan MacDiarmid Term Professor of Chemistry.

View Article >
Penn Arts and Sciences Names 2019 Dean’s Scholars

Penn Arts and Sciences has named 20 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Graduate Division as 2019 Dean’s Scholars. This honor is presented annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise.

View Article >
Abdus-Saboor Named Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Professor

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor has joined Penn as the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology.

View Article >
Jessica Anna and Davi Maximo Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

The Fellowship recognizes early-career researchers and scholars in North America.

View Article >
Ouss Named Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology

Aurélie Ouss, Assistant Professor of Criminology, has been named Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology.

View Article >
Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality Supports Recruitment of Three New Faculty Members

Richard A. Axilrod, WG’85, and Nancy M. Axilrod, parents, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality, enabling Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit three new faculty members.

View Article >