Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Penn announces five 2021 Thouron Scholars

Four seniors and a 2019 graduate have received a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as long as two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there.

Louisa Shepard

The joy and power of improvisation

With The Unscripted Project, President’s Engagement Prize winners Philip Chen and Meera Menon create an improv curriculum and bring teaching artists to Philadelphia public school students.

Louisa Shepard

The unbridled brilliance of Julian Abele

The 1902 graduate of the architecture program is finally starting to receive credit for his vast and iconic portfolio, which includes the central branch of the Free Library, Penn’s President’s House, Harvard’s flagship library, and more than 30 spaces and places on Duke’s campus.

Greg Johnson

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The Atlantic

Stockton’s basic-income experiment pays off

Research by Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice found that guaranteed income did not dissuade recipients from working, instead enabling stability and helping people get out of the cycle of poverty.


NBC News

The reckoning with Dr. Seuss’ racist imagery has been years in the making

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the Graduate School of Education spoke about a decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing six of the late author’s books which contain racist imagery. “We know now that there are anti-Asian stereotypes in ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.’ ‘The Cat in the Hat’ is minstrelsy,’” she said. “When we know better, we can do better.”


The Guardian

Rightwing group nearly forced Wisconsin to purge thousands of eligible voters

Marc Meredith of the School of Arts & Sciences said postcards are an insufficient way of confirming voter addresses. “It highlights the challenges in doing [voter roll] maintenance when people have unstable addresses,” he said.


The Hill

Texas outages shed light on a different kind of infrastructure: Human

Dan Treglia of the School of Social Policy & Practice co-authored an op-ed calling for policymakers to invest in the U.S.’s human infrastructure: economy-sustaining low-wage workers. “Going back to the pre-COVID-19 status quo, in which nearly half of U.S. households and many of our essential workers were already struggling, cannot be the goal,” they wrote. “The recovery needs to restructure our economy so that it prioritizes the economic security, health, and safety of all people.”


The Atlantic

Texas’s disaster is over. The fallout is just beginning

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about how Texas’ energy crisis might impact the state’s politics. “If you ask who is going to win the governor’s race in 2022, my answer is going to be the Republican,” he said. “But events like this can inject uncertainty.”