Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

In Penn Global Index of Think Tanks, Brookings Institution Best in the World

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania “Global Go To Think Tank Rankings” places the Brookings Institution first among more than 6,300 think tanks evaluated worldwide. The annual report places Chatham House first in a separate category for the best think tanks in the world outside the U.S.

Jacquie Posey

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.”


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."


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.