Frontiers - Society

  • May 2012

    The Weight of the World

    Associate Professor of Philosophy Kok-Chor Tan examines the intricacies of distributive justice on a global scale.

    Bad luck. We’ve all experienced it—the car breakdown on the way to work; the AC sputtering out on the hottest day of the year. Some bad luck isn’t as easy to recover from, though, especially when it veers into the tragic: natural disasters, serious health concerns and crippling poverty.

  • April 2012

    School Days

    Undergraduate student James Sadler investigates successful area high schools.

    James Sadler, C’13, is a man with a passion. A political science major with a minor in urban education, Sadler has been engaging with the Philadelphia school system since his freshman year, volunteering in various schools as well as writing an 89-page report that Joseph P.

  • April 2012

    Profile of a Crime

    John MacDonald sheds light on the Trayvon Martin case and the impact it's making on the public.

    The Trayvon Martin case is the latest chapter in a difficult story of race, crime and justice in America, as John MacDonald, Associate Professor and Chair of Criminology, will tell you.

  • March 2012

    Social Q's

    Social scientist Jere Behrman gives an inside look at his work outside the classroom.

    When not in the classroom, Jere Behrman, the William R. Kenan, Jr.

  • March 2012

    Tracing the First Americans

    Anthropologist Theodore Schurr studies the connection between Native Americans and the Altai population.

    The idea that the Americas were originally settled by Asian people migrating to North, and eventually South America across the Bering Strait, has been conclusively established by more than a century of extensive archaeological work. But recent decades have provided scientists with powerful new investigative tools to confirm this hypothesis.

  • March 2012

    A Pointe in Time

    Graduate student Whitney Laemmli discusses the evolution of pointe shoes.

    Pointe shoes have been co-stars in some of ballet’s most iconic and well-known moments, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that ballerinas started routinely going en pointe—the act of dancing on the tip of their toes—and not until the 20th century that dancers began spending the majority of their time on stage en pointe.

  • February 2012

    Calling It Like He Sees It

    John Lapinski shares his insider view on the Republican presidential nomination race.

    John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Ever wonder how news networks are able to call elections so early on? Sometimes before even one percent of precincts have reported?

  • January 2012

    From India, With Love

    Penn students discuss their summer internship experiences in India.

    When traveling to India for the first time, it’s best not to plan too much.

  • November 2011

    Recession Lesson

    Walter Licht uses history to explain why the recession might be here to stay.

    When signs indicated that the U.S. economy was in trouble, the usual experts were not necessarily the best prognosticators. That, at least, is Walter Licht’s conclusion. Licht, the Walter H.

  • November 2011

    A Teetering Domino

    Antonio Merlo riffs on Italy’s looming economic collapse.

    With the Eurozone in dire straits and Greece’s economy up against the wall, all eyes have turned to Italy—once a bastion of wealth, it is now threatened by massive debt and widespread corruption. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s ex-Prime Minister, was forced out after weathering scandals of moral, economic and political consequence.