Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

‘India front and center’

Tariq Thachil talks with Penn Today about his current work on migration and urbanization in south Asia, the balance between research and teaching, and his new role as the director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). 

Kristina García

In the News

Morning Edition (NPR)

Parents keep children home as China limits Mongolian language in the classroom

Christopher Atwood of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about how Mongolians view Chinese policies that restrict the use of the Mongolian language in schools. "One very strong sense in Inner Mongolia on the part of Mongols is how much they've given up," he said.


Los Angeles Times

Column: Trump’s ‘law and order’ pitch falls flat

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences said of the upcoming election, “If Trump appeals to prejudice, he risks losing at least as many voters as he stands to gain.”


The New Yorker

The new monuments that America needs

Paul Farber and Ken Lum of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Philadelphia’s Monument Lab spoke about the dismantling of problematic statues and the process of democratically designing new ones. People have been taught to interpret statues “as unitary and their message as unified, rooted in consensus, as opposed to rooted in a subjective decision that is only a reflection of a segment of the community that had power,” said Lum.


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.


CBS News

Trump alma mater says Biden plan would lead to more economic growth

A new analysis by the Wharton Budget Model found that Joseph Biden’s proposals on education, infrastructure, and health care would boost the U.S. economy and largely pay for themselves. "If you got the U.S. on this path, you would lower the debt and raise GDP," said Richard Prisinzano. "It is productive spending that Mr. Biden is proposing."