Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Extreme weather won’t sway climate skeptics

Experiencing extreme weather is not enough to convince climate change skeptics that humans are damaging the environment, according to a new study based on research at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Penn Today Staff

A walk through history

Jenny Holzer’s landscape installation “125 Years” celebrates its 15th anniversary as an interactive text-based tribute to women’s legacies at Penn.

Tina Rodia

In the News

National Geographic

Digging for the life stories of long-forgotten slaves

Penn researchers, including visiting student Adeyemi Oduwole, are analyzing mitochondrial DNA from bodies discovered in Charleston, S.C. All of the people found were of African ancestry, making the site the oldest known graveyard of enslaved Africans in the city. “Both of my parents grew up in Nigeria,” said Oduwole. “Those could be my ancestors down there.”


PBS NewsHour

Could driverless vehicles spell the end of the road for truck drivers?

Steve Viscelli, a Senior Fellow and a lecturer in the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Department of Sociology, was cited for his book about the trucking industry. “The biggest threat to the truck drivers is not job loss in the near term,” he said. Rather, job quality is at risk.


The Washington Post

Why the speech George H.W. Bush didn’t give may be his most important

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said the late George Bush’s notable restraint after the Berlin Wall fell characterized his presidency. “Sometimes the right thing to do is not celebrate and engage in a rhetoric of triumph,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In Philly galleries, three must-see shows for December

The Arthur Ross Gallery is host to “Citizen Salon,” a crowd-sourced exhibition of works chosen by Philadelphia’s art community. The show will be on display through March 24.


WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Penn study: Marijuana doesn’t cause bad behavior — it’s the other way around

A new study, co-authored by Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has found that marijuana may not be the “gateway drug” it was once thought to be. “Previous research had suggested that using marijuana would lead to conduct problems,” said Romer. “We found the exact reverse.”