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What is ISIS? Where did it come from, what does it want, and how is the group's emergence related to broader political trends in the Middle East? And what does this mean for the West?
Political Science's Devesh Kapur examines Dalit entrepreneurs.Blake Cole
In recent years, and especially since the 2008 economic crisis, capitalism has been under siege in the West for its structural role in increasing income, and, even more so, wealth inequality. But indicators of income or wealth as measures of inequality are inadequate in societies where social inequalities—servility, humiliation, lack of self-respect—are important.
Doctoral student Justin Landy studies stressful decision-making scenarios.Abigail Meisel
Consider this dilemma: A pandemic of a new and virulent influenza is sweeping the United States, and there is a scarcity of the only antiviral agent that can save lives. You are a physician in an emergency room with a single dose of this drug, and are evaluating three patients: a 35-year-old, a 10-year-old, and an infant. All are acutely ill, but you can administer the drug to only one.
Associate Professor of Linguistics Julie Legate examines language structures.Blake Cole
While foreign languages can seem bafflingly different from English on the surface, Julie Legate, Associate Professor of Linguistics, says seemingly divergent languages have more in common than we think. Discovering the commonalities, though, often requires a close examination of the way meaning is structured in each language.
Undergraduates look under the hood of democracy in the new Penn Program for Opinion Research and Election Studies.Susan Ahlborn
From opinions of the Hobby Lobby decision to top contenders in the 2016 presidential race, we’re peppered daily by poll results, many produced by biased sources. Citizens may be jaded, confused, or just exhausted by all the information, but Associate Professor of Political Science John Lapinski argues that polling plays a vital role in democracy.
Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World doctoral candidate Lucas Stephens uses an advanced aerial photography system to map an ancient city.Blake Cole
When Lucas Stephens needed assistance in surveying the Gordion archeological site in central Turkey, he turned to a revolutionary technological ally: the Phantom 2 Vision + Quadcopter.
A faculty panel discusses events in Ukraine and some possible futures.Susan Ahlborn
The situation in Ukraine is seen as the most urgent crisis in the world today, reminding some of the lead up to World War II. What got us here? And is there a way out? Faculty from Penn Arts and Sciences convened Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine: A Faculty Roundtable to look at the events in eastern Europe from a variety of vantage points. Here are some of the topics covered:
Sociology graduate student Alexander Jerneck examines the fiscal roots of corporate law.Blake Cole
Forming a corporation represents the pinnacle of entrepreneurship. But in the late 19th century, American corporate law as we know it was only just beginning to take shape.
The worldwide hub of advanced Judaic studies looks back—and forward.Susan Ahlborn
On May 1, scholars at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies will gather to celebrate and reflect on two decades of Jewish learning at the highest level. The occasion is David Ruderman’s retirement as the Ella Darivoff Director of the center, but Taking Note: 20 Years of Scholars and Scholarship at the Herbert D.
Associate Professor of Sociology Melissa Wilde discusses the Pontiff's impact one year after his election.Blake Cole
March 13, 2014 marked the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election. Many consider the 266th Pontiff’s style of communication and messaging a marked contrast to recent Popes. We sat down with Associate Professor of Sociology Melissa Wilde to discuss his impact thus far.
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