Heather A. Davis

Heather A. Davis

Director, News Publications

Staff Q&A with Lynn Ransom

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, housed in the Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, is the world’s largest freely available repository of data on manuscripts produced before 1600. The growing collection of more than 225,000 records on approximately 90,000 manuscripts has been compiled from thousands of auction and sales catalogs, inventories, and catalogs from institutional and private collections.

Heather A. Davis

Staff Q&A with Robert Schoenberg

Robert Schoenberg, director of the LGBT Center, discusses the Center’s founding, the important role students have played in the entire life of the Center, and some of the biggest changes he’s seen over his 34 and a half years at Penn.

Heather A. Davis

For the Record: William Adger

In 1883, Philadelphia native William Adger became the first African-American graduate of the College at Penn. The son of a former slave from South Carolina, Adger was the second-youngest child—and one of 13 children—in his family.

Heather A. Davis

Why don’t we better prepare for disasters?

When Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the Texas coast, few people were caught off guard. Weather models predicted when and roughly where the storm would make landfall and officials, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, asked people ahead of the storm to “hunker down” and prepare.Experts, too, knew Harvey was coming. And they knew the results would likely be bad.

Heather A. Davis

For the Record: William Adger

In 1883, Philadelphia native William Adger became the first African-American graduate of the College at Penn. The son of a former slave from South Carolina, Adger was the second-youngest child—and one of 13 children—in his family.

Heather A. Davis