Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Penn Lecture: Gun Policy and Its links to Domestic Violence

WHAT: Reducing Lethal Violence Against Women: Firearms, Policy and Politics, the Ornter-Unity Center on Family Violence LectureWHO: Dr. Susan Sorenson, professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Jill DiSanto-Haines

Penn Law School to Host Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable on Oct. 19

WHO: Michael Fitts, Penn Law School deanRegina Austin, Penn Law School professorShanin Specter, Kline & SpecterMartin Brigham, Raynes McCartyTom Rutter, ADR Options Inc.Emily Kuntsler, Off Center MediaSarah Kuntsler, Off Center MediaJohn Jackson Jr., Richard Perry University professor at Penn

Jeanne Leong

In the News

Bloomberg View

Desperate GOP twists Obama phrase into political attack line

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel discussed the debate surrounding changes to the U.S. health care system. “Unlike a single-payer plan that forces people into a government system, Medicare-for-all offers lots of choices,” said Emanuel.


The Washington Post

With Emmy win, John Legend achieves status worthy of his last name

With his latest award, a Creative Arts Emmy for his role as producer for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” the Class of '99 Penn alum became the 15th recipient of the legendary EGOT—or Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.


The Washington Post

Bursting people’s political bubbles could make them even more partisan

Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication discussed the counterintuitive results of information exchanges across political party lines on social media. While one might think that stepping outside one’s echo chamber would improve understanding, Centola found that “communication in a highly polarized context increases polarization.”


The Washington Post

Nixon had ‘Deep Throat,’ Trump has ‘Lodestar’: An archaic word becomes a resistance hashtag

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences provided a linguistic history of the word ‘lodestar.’ “Going back to the 14th or 15th century, there’s a metaphoric use referring to not the pole star but to any principle or person or idea or goal used for guidance,” said Liberman.


The Atlantic

The key lesson of Ayanna Pressley’s victory

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Dan Hopkins was cited for his book The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized. In it, he argues that “voters today are faced with very similar choices irrespective of where they live,” due in part to ideologically segmented media.