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Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology Randall Collins looks at the ingredients that make up social magnetism.Susan Ahlborn
Can you learn to be charismatic? Randall Collins, the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology, discusses what characteristics Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Napoleon had in common in this Knowledge by the Slice lecture on Micro-Sociological Ingredients of Charismatic Leadership.
Doctoral candidate in history Thomas Brinkerhoff discusses political propaganda in mid-20th-century Argentina.Blake Cole
Here in the U.S. we are not strangers to aggressive political campaigns. In mid-20th-century Argentina, however, not even children’s magazines were off limits in the quest of President Juan Domingo Perón to turn the working-class family into the government’s most loyal advocate.
As one of the first Westerners to excavate there, Robert H. Dyson Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology Lauren Ristvet is building a broader picture of empire.Susan Ahlborn
Lauren Ristvet has spent most of her career on the edge. As an archeology major, she began her research in Syria, on the periphery of ancient Mesopotamia. After earning her Ph.D., she knew she wanted to work next in the archaeologically underexplored Azerbaijan, once the edge of the Persian Empire.
Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science Adelheid Voskuhl argues that although humans are fascinated with robots, it’s not always for the same reasons.Susan Ahlborn
Was an 18th-century automated harpsichord player the forerunner of the Terminator? They’re both mechanical humanoids and are often analyzed together, but Heidi Voskuhl, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, suggests that they shouldn’t always be.
Professor of Political Science Marie Gottschalk discusses mass incarceration in the U.S.Blake Cole
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.
Deqa Farah, C’15, discusses the Somali diaspora.Blake Cole
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.
John DiIulio Jr. discusses his new book on American bureaucracy and the disappearance of the federal worker.Blake Cole
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.
Presidential Term Professor Heather Williams thought long and hard about her short introduction to slavery.Susan Ahlborn
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.
Rutendo Chigora, C’15, talks about her plans and her social venture in Zimbabwe.Susan Ahlborn
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.
Assistant Professor Margaret Bruchac is building an interdisciplinary program on long-term strengths.Susan Ahlborn
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.
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