Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Bolivia: Coup or election fraud?

Quechua scholar Américo Mendoza-Mori and political scientist Tulia Falleti discuss the ousting of the country’s first indigenous president and the tumultuous state of Bolivian politics as the country prepares for elections in May.

Kristina García

Visualizing future cities with Zhongjie Lin

A new three-year project called called “Spatial Visions Connecting China and the West: A Centennial Review and New Perspectives on Future Urban Environments” will address global issues like climate change and migration will begin at Penn and travel to Beijing.

Penn Today Staff

A history of U.S.-Iran relations

John Ghazvinian, interim director of the Middle East Center and an expert on Iran/U.S. relations, talks about the countries’ historical relationship and what led to the current situation.

Kristen de Groot

In the News

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.