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  • February 2015

    A Prison Culture

    Professor of Political Science Marie Gottschalk discusses mass incarceration in the U.S.

    America has a prison problem. One out of every 100 adults in the U.S. is behind bars, whether it’s a state or federal prison or a local jail. Even more striking, one out of every 23 is under some form of state supervision. And even if you don’t know anyone on the inside, you are part of the prison culture, says Marie Gottschalk. 

  • February 2015

    Home Away from Home

    Deqa Farah, C’15, discusses the Somali diaspora.

    When College senior Deqa Farah completed her international relations research methods course, designed to help majors formulate thesis ideas, she decided on a topic that hit close to home.

  • January 2015

    The Good Bureaucrat

    John DiIulio Jr. discusses his new book on American bureaucracy and the disappearance of the federal worker.

    The term “bureaucracy” has become synonymous with an overadherence to rules and structure—red tape. But, over time, John DiIulio Jr. says, America’s aversion to a well-trained, governmental workforce has come back to bite it.

  • January 2015

    Those Who Write History

    Presidential Term Professor Heather Williams thought long and hard about her short introduction to slavery.

    Heather William’s small new book was a big assignment. The Presidential Term Professor of Africana Studies’ 130-page American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction is part of a series from Oxford University Press that offers succinct starters on topics from accounting to witchcraft. It was a new kind of project for Williams, who had written two previous books.

  • January 2015

    A Q&A With Penn’s Newest Rhodes Scholar

    Rutendo Chigora, C’15, talks about her plans and her social venture in Zimbabwe.

    Rutendo Chigora, a College senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of the nation’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship. She is the 22nd Penn undergraduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar since the fellowship began in 1904. The scholarships fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. 

  • December 2014

    Penn Introduces Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

    Assistant Professor Margaret Bruchac is building an interdisciplinary program on long-term strengths.

    A new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) gives Penn students not just another academic option but another way of looking at the world.

  • December 2014

    Intellectual Bootcamp

    The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen opens minds—and doors.

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  • December 2014

    A Critical Look at the Human Rights Council (Video)

    Undergraduate Benjamin Fogel examines the effectiveness of the United Nations’ efforts.

    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.

  • 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.