Social Justice Research Academy

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July 7 - July 27, 2019

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The Social Justice Research Academy examines the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice. Engaging with faculty and community leaders alike, students conceptualize projects related to freedom, justice and equality, and develop skills for leadership and community development.

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

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Penn faculty members from several disciplines and schools provide morning lectures and generate topical discussions. Afternoons offer workshops and site visits. Plus, the Academy welcomes special guests who represent a wide range of organizations, including political advocacy committees, research institutes, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, urban farms and socially responsible businesses. Each guest creates a dialogue about how their organization continues their socially conscious work.

See this program’s 2018 syllabus (PDF).


Scott Hanson

Program Director: R. Scott Hanson
R. Scott Hanson is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in American history on a range of topics. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2002 and has been at Penn since 2012. Dr. Hanson is also an affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and the author of City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016).

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