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Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth

It has been 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, elected as South Africa’s first black president after being imprisoned by the apartheid government for nearly three decades. Penn Professor Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Mandela’s legacy and his continuing impact today.

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Crowding between the book covers

In her new book, English professor Emily Steinlight focuses on overpopulation as a central theme of 19th-century British novels.

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The calm before the storm in the Middle East

In her new book, Heather Sharkey, a professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, explores Muslim, Christian, and Jewish relations in the period before World War I.

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Stains Alive

For Libraries fellow Erin Connelly, stains are some of the most exciting discoveries in her study of medieval manuscripts. She is part of a national team analyzing stains in medieval texts using modern multispectral imaging. An exhibition at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library displays the researchers’ discoveries.

Louisa Shepard , Louisa Shepard

Reclaiming a fragmented history

Digital humanities scholars are orchestrating an epic crowdsourcing effort to sort and transcribe handwriting on thousands of documents discarded hundreds of years ago, known as the Cairo Geniza.

Louisa Shepard



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Touring Philly’s Black History Along South Street From Du Bois Home to Standard Theater

Penn students Helen Fetaw, Nathaniel Gertzman, and Ramon Garcia Gomez joined Penn chaplain and professor Chaz Howard to lead a Black History Month tour of South Street.

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Material Mourning in the Secular Sculpture Garden

Donovan Schaefer of the School of Arts and Sciences contributed an opinion piece about Treptow, a Soviet war memorial and mass grave in Berlin.

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