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Penn’s Social Science and Policy Forum tackles the hot-button issue.Blake Cole
Among the hot-button issues in America, immigration is one of the most divisive. Viewed as political kryptonite, politicians often use buzzwords like “fence” and “amnesty,” but immigration policy remains largely untouched. What do scholars have to say on the subject? How do we go about dissecting such a complex, worldwide challenge?
Marc Meredith sheds light on the government shutdown.Blake Cole
Ph.D. candidate Zain Lakhani historicizes the politics of sexual violence against women in the age of human rights.Heidi Smith
History Ph.D. candidate Zain Lakhani set out to study sexual violence in the United States, but the more she learned, the more she realized she was telling a global story.
Victor Mair, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, provides a deep perspective on China.Blake Cole
Victor Mair has a thing for snails. He has hundreds—most at home, with a handful strewn across his office on campus.
Michael Morse unravels the “crazy quilt” of ex-felon disenfranchisement laws in the South.Heidi Smith
There are many ways to lose the right to vote in this country, and, as Michael Morse, C’13, has discovered, the path back can be prohibitive and obscure, especially in the South.
Liliane Weissberg examines Jews, money, and clichés in new exhibition.Loraine Terrell
Professor of Sociology Grace Kao studies the immigrant experience and its effect on educational outcomes.Blake Cole
Study hard and you’ll succeed—seems simple enough. When viewed through the eyes of a sociologist, however, it’s a gross simplification.
Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies, gives the issue of black women’s hair care an academic spin.Abigail Meisel
Anyone believing that hair styles for black women are just a matter of personal preference should Google “Malia Obama’s braids” to see the heated debate initiated by the fact the president’s daughter wore her hair “natural” (meaning not straightened) and neatly braided in rows.
Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, puts a lens to North Korea.Abigail Meisel
When asked to name the underlying reasons for the increased aggression of North Korea’s foreign policy, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History Eugene Y. Park sums it up in a single word: fear.
Anthropology doctoral student and Dean's Scholar Sam Lin describes life as an archaeologist in the field.Blake Cole
Sam Lin was seven when he told his father he wanted to dig up the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Lin, now an anthropology doctoral student, has transitioned from digging for lost treasure in his backyard to conducting major excavations worldwide.
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