Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Ballerina Emily Davis is ‘on her toes’

May graduate Emily Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies while working full-time as a ballerina with the Pennsylvania Ballet and volunteering to conduct research at CHOP and community service with Philadelphia nonprofits.

Louisa Shepard

How news coverage affects public trust in science

News media reports about scientific failures that do not recognize the self-correcting nature of science can damage public perceptions of trust and confidence in scientific work.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

In the News

The New York Times

Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ exits a stage he dominated

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences described Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Oslo accords, a pair of agreements between the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Netanyahu’s approach appears to be an intentional effort “to destroy Oslo by treating it not as a partnership with the P.L.O. but as a very hard-bargaining contract, in which he didn’t really want the other side to fulfill the terms,” said Lustick.


Los Angeles Times

What’s size got to do with it? Mocking a man’s manhood spurs a reverse #MeToo in South Korea

Jinsook Kim, a postdoc in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about the backlash against feminist activism in South Korea. “The younger generation suffers from frustration and economic precarity,” Kim said. “The problem is, these young Korean men, they ascribe their sense of victimhood or precarity not to government or policies but to women who they see as preventing them from receiving their due.”


The Washington Post

An Islamist party is part of Israel’s new coalition government. How did that happen?

Guy Grossman of the School of Arts & Sciences and a Hebrew University of Jerusalem colleague wrote about Israel’s 36th government, which is expected to include an Arab party for the first time in more than 40 years. “The breaking of the long-standing taboo could see Arab parties continuing to be legitimate coalition partners,” they said.


The New York Times

Black Lives Matter has grown more powerful, and more divided

Daniel Gillion of the School of Arts & Sciences said public disputes within the Black Lives Matter movement may ultimately strengthen it. “It is truly grass roots, involving multiple people chiming in. And that’s what you want,” he said.


Why you might feel weird when you go maskless

Cristina Bicchieri of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited for her theory of social norms, which purports that people conform to meet the expectations of others.