Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Understanding the pandemic classroom

Penn professors join the “Understand This ...” podcast to talk about the fall 2021 return to the classroom, reflecting on what students and educators have experienced during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while examining lessons from remote learning.

Brandon Baker

TikTok talk

Largely characterized as a Gen Z phenomenon, TikTok is a video-sharing app with more than 100 million active users in the U.S. alone—and it’s changing the way that we speak, says sociolinguist Nicole Holliday.

Kristina García

Walking and listening in San Juan with Ernesto Pujol

An eight-day trip to Puerto Rico following a seminar taught by Fine Arts visiting professor led students through the city while engaged in a process of listening to the urban spaces of San Juan and the colonized ecology of its post-industrial hinterlands.

From the Weitzman School of Design

Taliban takeover

Political scientist Nicholas Sambanis, an expert on conflict processes with a focus on civil wars, shares his thoughts on the challenges of nation building and what’s next for Afghanistan.

Kristen de Groot

The story of immigration enforcement

In an award-winning paper, criminologist Aaron Chalfin examines the public safety implications of labor market-based immigration enforcement.

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In the News


The Atlantic

The simplest fix to America’s rent problem

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design will be assessing the results of a rental assistance pilot program in Philadelphia that will distribute cash aid rather than vouchers. “There’s been some explorations, but a true, proper evaluation is something that we’ve never really done,” he said. “Cash transfers are often more contentious.”

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Associated Press

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a consulting scholar to the Penn Museum, has been elected chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guided mastery: The scaffolding you need to grow stronger

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the importance of imbuing young people with a sense of personal agency. “Don’t tell anyone they have complete control of their destiny. That’s not true,” she said. “And yet each of us, no matter our circumstances, has some control, particularly over our own thoughts and actions.”

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Bloomberg

Can China’s prosperity promise fix real problems?

Hanming Fang of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about China’s pension system, saying that because the plans are managed by local governments, the system is vulnerable to regional wage disparities.

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The Conversation

The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

Melissa Wilde of the School of Arts & Sciences pinpoints moments when the Catholic Church changed course.

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