Brazil’s coronavirus crisis

Brazil has become one of the world’s deadliest hotspots for the novel coronavirus, second only to the United States in deaths and infections. Melissa Teixeira, a historian of modern Brazil, shares her thoughts on the nation’s response and challenges it faces in battling the virus.

Kristen de Groot

Children’s literature as ‘seed work’

Penn GSE’s Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discusses the importance of more diverse books for kids and the challenges that continue to stifle early anti-racist learning. She also shares a curated list of recommended books for youth catered to this particular moment.

Lauren Hertzler

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How Philly’s summer of protests revitalized the affordable housing movement

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences said racial justice movements have historically been catalyzed by police brutality, then expanded to address economic equality.



As China cracks down, Hong Kongers start digitally preserving their city

Randall Mason of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design commented on efforts to create a digital archive of Hong Kong’s culture. “Preservation is always a reflection of contemporary culture,” he said. “We have to get comfortable with the fact that if we want to communicate the past, it’s a creative process and not just a preservation process. It would be crazy not to use these digital tools.”


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Many Americans opposed the suffrage movement—even women

Kathy Peiss of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about women who opposed the suffrage movement. “The anti-suffragists were opposed to the idea of women having the right to vote largely because they saw it as a violation of women’s true gender nature—that they were mothers and wives—and that it might distract them from not only the duties of the home, but also their sense of women’s privileges to be in the home,” she said.



How atomic bomb survivors have transformed our understanding of radiation’s impacts

A book by Susan Lindee of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited regarding the effects of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


USA Today

Amid COVID-19, church killings anniversary, Charleston Black history museum keeps eye on 2022 opening

Howard Stevenson of the Graduate School of Education said a comprehensive history education can help people “navigate racism today” and better understand intergenerational trauma.



The art world is trying to protect artwork amid civil unrest and support community unity

George Wheeler of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the preservation of public monuments amid protests and uprisings.