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Marketplace (NPR)

Why the words of America’s first Black economist resonate today

Bucknell University professor Nina Banks has written a new book on Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, a Penn alumna and the first African American to receive a doctoral degree in economics in the U.S.

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The Washington Post

The ideas of the first Black economics Ph.D. offer solutions to our problems today

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African American with a doctoral degree in economics, advocated for economic justice after graduating from Penn in 1921.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn scientists discovered how the brain engages in imagination

Joseph Kable of the School of Arts & Sciences and alumni Arthur Lee and Trishala Parthasarathi used MRI brain scans to study the neuroscience of imagination.

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Forbes

We need to ‘tear down walls… within and without’ Laurene Powell Jobs told U Penn’s Class of 2021

Philanthropist, entrepreneur, and alumna Laurene Powell Jobs addressed graduating Penn students at this year’s Commencement ceremony. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. And while you're doing it, love who you do it for and love who you are while you do it,” she said.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Regional roundup

Heather Sharkey and undergrad Lindsey Perlman of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about their work transcribing the doctoral dissertation of feminist Alice Paul, who earned a Ph.D. at Penn in 1912.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Tragedy made this Penn Wharton grad an orphan, but hard work and talent make him a rising star

Wharton alumnus Kayvon Asemani spoke about his path to Penn and what he’s accomplished since graduating in 2018. “I realized I could show a lot of people that if it’s possible to come from where I came from and get to Wharton, then, from wherever they came from, they also could get to this place,” he said.

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