Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial to Launch Penn's 2005-06 Fox Leadership Forum Series

PHILADELPHIA-- Marc Morial, former New Orleans mayor and current president of the National Urban League, will speak at Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania at 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, about government response and accountability in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The event will be free and open to the public.

Jacquie Posey

Role of Mayors in Transforming Cities Is Focus of Urban Leadership Panel at Penn

WHAT:  "The Role of Mayors in Urban Transformation" is the focus of the annual Urban Leadership Luncheon panel, sponsored by the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. The panel, moderated by Susan M. Wachter, co-director of Penn IUR, will discuss the challenges facing urban mayors.  

Julie McWilliams

U.S. Falls to 27th in Latest Report Card on World Social Progress; Chronic Poverty to Blame

PHILADELPHIA -- Cuts in social services and chronic poverty in U.S. cities and rural areas during the '90s have caused the U.S. to lag behind nearly all of Europe and several other countries in terms of overall social progress, according to the 2004 "Report Card on World Social Progress" by Richard Estes, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work professor.

Matt Gray

Penn Hosts National Conference on Domestic Violence

PHILADELPHIA -- In partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor's domestic violence task force, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work is hosting its second conference on domestic violence, "Finding New Directions for Responding to Intimate Violence," June 25-26, at Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St.

Matt Gray

The making of tomorrow’s voters

There were only 11 days left in Philadelphia’s contentious mayoral race. The entire Philadelphia media scrum had descended on a small classroom at Olney High School.

Elaine Wilner



In the News


Houston Chronicle

Houston police team up with Ring app to tackle crime

Maria Cuellar of the School of Arts and Sciences commented a partnership between the Houston Police Department and Ring, a home surveillance company that offers video doorbells, saying that there is not enough evidence to claim that the devices reduce crime.

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The Atlantic

Bill de Blasio and Gavin Newsom may give restrictionism new life

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on the nationalization of U.S. politics, as published in his book The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized.

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The Atlantic

How James Baldwin’s writings about love evolved

Dagmawi Woubshet of the School of Arts and Sciences analyzed James Baldwin’s literary evolution. If Beale Street Could Talk “marked a crucial turn in how the author sought to characterize the most abiding theme and moral principle of his work: love.”

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Forbes

Astronomers want to look for Planet X in Big Bang’s cosmic glow

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Eric Baxter, Bhuvnesh Jain, Cullen Blake, Gary Bernstein, and Mark Devlin co-authored a paper outlining ways to find undetected planets on the outskirts of our solar system.

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CBS Philadelphia

Professional sports team wins create positive mood throughout the city, study finds

School of Arts and Sciences postdoc Johannes Eichstaedt co-authored a social media study that suggests an unexpected improvement in daily life, like an Eagles win, can alter a city’s mood. “Using artificial intelligence, we were able to extract information about the mood of the community as a whole from what those on Twitter say,” said Eichstaedt.

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