The Great War and memory

History professor Warren Breckman took his Penn Global Seminar students to the Western Front area of northern France and Belgium to look at World War I through the intersections of personal and public memory.

Kristen de Groot

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The New York Times

A secret city with a secret African American history

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on a reported 7,000 African Americans from the Deep South who were recruited to work on the Manhattan Project starting in 1942.


Voice of America

Controversial Russian opera star takes stage in Paris

Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Sciences does not support a blanket boycott of Russian artists.


The New York Times

Histories of travel segregation and Chinese migration win Bancroft Prize

Mia Bay of the School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded the Bancroft Prize for her book “Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance.”


The Atlantic

What Russia is stirring up at Chernobyl

Adriana Petryna of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could impact Chernobyl, the site of a 1986 explosion at a nuclear facility. “By seizing the plant as part of a brutal invasion, Russia is stirring up radioactive particles and also Chernobyl’s painful legacy: Ukrainians’ memory of the Soviet Union’s disregard for their lives,” she wrote.


The New York Times

One graceless Tweet doesn’t warrant cancellation

Elle Lett, a postdoc in the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote about how the word “freak” has been used to dehumanize Black women. “There is a history that dates back to the antebellum South” of “fetishizing, hypersexualizing and otherizing Black women in freak shows and displays to media and even medical textbooks,” Lett wrote. “Black women are consistently dehumanized in America. By using ‘freak of nature,’ you separate Black women from the rest of human existence.”


The Washington Post

Putin’s war aims to undo the traumas of the 1990s for Russians

Sasha Zborovsky of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that territorial expansion is part of Putin’s attempt to rebuild a national identity with no regard for Ukrainians.