Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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

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



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ABC News

Our America: The history of the model minority myth and its impact on Asian-American communities

Josephine Park of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S. and the model-minority myth.

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The Washington Post

When philanthropy’s power couple splits, Melinda French Gates’s influence could grow

Peter Frumkin of the School of Social Policy & Practice weighed in on the future of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “It is very hard to change directions quickly when you have a huge institution with multiyear commitments outstanding around the world,” he said.

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CNN

Study: Conservative media drove belief of COVID-19 conspiracies

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about research she co-authored with Dan Romer, which explored the links between beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and reliance on conservative and social media outlets for information.

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The Washington Post

Romney and Cheney were once quintessential conservative names. Then ‘conservative’ changed

Research co-authored by Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences found that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between how conservative senators are based on their voting records and how conservative they’re perceived to by Republican activists. “For these activists, to be conservative is partly to support the Republican frontrunner/nominee,” wrote Hopkins and his co-author.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Regional Roundup – 05/03/21

Fatemeh Shams of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about her new book, “A Revolution in Rhyme,” which explores the role of poetry in modern-day Iran.

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