Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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

New Leadership and a New Affiliation for Penn's Fels Center of Government

PHILADELPHIA - Samuel H. Preston, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has named leading criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman as the new Director of the Fels Center of Government. Sherman will also be appointed the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations in the Department of Sociology.

Elaine Wilner

Tales of abuse from a ‘Dream House’

Carmen María Machado, who teaches speculative fiction as a writer in residence in the Creative Writing Program, has received extraordinary attention for her new memoir, “In the Dream House,” using multiple genres to describe an abusive relationship with her former girlfriend.

Louisa Shepard

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Popular Science

An environmental stimulus bill could help us bounce back from COVID-19

Billy Fleming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design compared a new “green stimulus” proposal to the 2009 American Recover and Reinvestment Act, which he says was too small and which funded projects that didn’t excite the public.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Zoombombing: What it is, and how to stop it from ruining your coronavirus events

Jessa Lingel of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about how online gatherings can be protected from disruptions by trolls. “Just like people should be updating their Facebook settings, just like people should be thinking about location data that they put on Twitter or Instagram, we should also be thinking about the settings of a platform like Zoom,” she said.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Can studying history tell us anything about life after COVID-19?

Brent Cebul of the School of Arts and Sciences was interviewed about significant times of disruption in U.S. history and the sociopolitical changes that accompanied them.



As Europeans flag concerns over faulty Chinese coronavirus equipment, state media is leading Beijing’s fight back

Jacques deLisle of the Law School and School of Arts and Sciences said that the coronavirus pandemic has been on opportunity for China to demonstrate the strengths of its authoritarian government. “The U.S. failure of competence allows China to look very competent and to not take the heat it deserves,” he said.


The New Yorker

Imagining a justice-based health system

Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice was interviewed about health inequity in the time of the coronavirus. “We need to recognize, now more than ever, given this latest pandemic, that [science] is a major area for investment going forward,” she said.