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Philadelphia and Meiji Japan symposium marks 150 years of deep ties

Scholars from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, and the surprising links between Philadelphia and Japan during a political period that set the island nation on a fast track to modernization.

Brandon Baker

Growing a ‘culture of cultivation’ on campus

Even on an urban campus, there are numerous places to coax food from the soil. From the Penn Student Garden on Spruce Street to the Penn Park Orchard, Facilities and Real Estate Services staff are expanding opportunities for the community to interact with an edible landscape.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Returning to Vietnam

A child of Vietnamese refugees, David Thai has returned to his family’s homeland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he will teach English at the Hoang Le Kha High School for Gifted Students, in the southwestern region of Vietnam, a few hours from where his mother grew up.

Jill DiSanto

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.

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BBC

Are you an ‘insecure overachiever’?

The Graduate School of Education’s Alexandra Michel discussed investment bankers’ career challenges. “The reward at the end of the year depends on your evaluation in relation to others. And you don’t know what they’re producing. You just know that they’re super smart and that they’re working super hard.”

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On Point with Tom Ashbrook (WBUR-FM)

The tense relationship between the president and Department of Justice

The Law School’s Claire Finkelstein joined a panel of experts to discuss turmoil in Washington and next steps in the Mueller investigation.

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Forbes

New research reveals two simple mindset hacks for making smarter, healthier choices

Emily Falk of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about self-transcendence and behavior modification. “If you let people first ‘zoom out’ and think about the things and people that matter most to them,” said Falk, “then they see that their self-concept and self-worth aren't tied to this particular behavior–in this case, their lack of physical activity.”

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The New Yorker

How Russia helped swing the election for Trump

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center was featured for her new book, Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know. “I’m not arguing that Russians pulled the voting levers,” she said. “I’m arguing that they persuaded enough people to either vote a certain way or not vote at all.”

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Time

Bill Cosby could be sentenced to 30 years or just probation. His 60 accusers will be watching closely

The Law School’s Joseph Khan discussed Judge Steven T. O’Neill’s potential approach to sentencing in the Bill Cosby trial. “He’s going to be conscious about sending the right message, and I think it’s very likely that he will impose prison time,” said Khan.

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The New York Times

Dog deaths after grooming documented, but link uncertain

Perry Habecker of the School of Veterinary Medicine said that, while dogs dying at the groomer is uncommon, the mere possibility is one of groomers’ biggest fears.

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ABC News

Everything you need to know about Bill Cosby’s sentencing next week

The Law School’s David Rudovsky discussed the risky strategy of calling a judge’s impartiality into question. “What you’re hoping for in our [criminal justice] system is that a judge can put all that aside and say, ‘I’m going to do the right thing here,’” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How companies define and refine their philanthropic strategies

“People want to work for and buy products from companies they think are good,” said Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Rosqueta broke down common corporate philanthropic strategies and recommended that companies pursue efforts that reflect the values of their employees and founders.

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Quartz India

Walmart got Flipkart but Amazon now has more

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School attributed Amazon’s international success to its omnichannel model, which allows customers to shop online and at brick-and-mortar stores. “The value of a physical channel is even more in India because a large portion of India cannot still be reached on the internet,” he said.

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