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

WHYY (Philadelphia)

Delco Council race puts the power of the blue wave to the test in Trump-less times

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about local elections in the post-Trump era. “The energy and the concern that was generated in some quarters by the Trump administration catalyzed a wave of activism that, in part, then accelerated trends that were already afoot,” he said.



Shining a light on multiracial America and the pursuit of true healthcare equity

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts’ 2015 TEDMED Talk on medical racism was cited. Roberts said 19th-century doctor Samuel Cartwright’s unsubstantiated theory that Black people had lower lung capacity than whites is still circulating, with some doctors still using Cartwright’s race-adjusted spirometer to measure breathing.


The Conversation

Hollywood’s love of guns increases the risk of shootings—both on and off the set

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a colleague from Ohio State University co-authored an article about the prevalence of guns in movies. “The more guns there are in movies, the more likely it is that a shooting will occur—both in the ‘reel’ world and in the ‘real’ world,” they wrote.


USA Today

Twitter accounts tied to China lied that COVID came from Maine lobsters

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said public health disinformation from China-based social media accounts is nothing new. "Early in the pandemic, Chinese sources spread the theory that SARS CoV-2 originated at Fort Detrick and was spread to China by U.S. military," she said. "The platforms can remove it, or if they decide against doing so, can downgrade it or flag it and attach fact-checking content."


The New York Times

His first art was graffiti. Now his pottery is in the Met

Ceramicist Robert Lugo curated a show at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, on view through Dec. 1. The exhibition features his own work and pieces from the ARG’s collection.