Campus & Community

University of Pennsylvania Commemorates MLK: "Opening Minds to A Diverse Democracy"

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with “Opening Minds to a Diverse Democracy,” a symposium on social change and nearly two weeks of special MLK-related events, including lectures, films and discussion groups on the Penn campus from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1.

Jill DiSanto-Haines

”Beyond Boundaries” at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

 PHILADELPHIA — “Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Fiber Art,” which opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on Jan. 19, presents six artists whose works are rooted in traditional textile studies but are far from traditional weavers: Lanny Bergner, Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, Nancy Koenigsberg, Rebecca Medel, Warren Seelig and Tsuguo Yanai.

Sara Stewart

Penn Expands Financial Aid Program to Eliminate Loans: Fact Sheet

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania today announced a far-reaching new financial aid initiative that will eliminate loans for financially eligible undergraduate students regardless of family income, making it possible for students from a broad range of economic backgrounds to graduate debt-free.

Penn Expands Financial Aid Program to Eliminate Loans: Fact Sheet, Julie McWilliams

Surviving: The Body of Evidence

SURVIVING: THE BODY OF EVIDENCE OPENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM IN APRIL 2008: New National Science Foundation Funded Traveling Exhibition Focuses on the Process of Human Evolution and Its Outcomes *****

Pam Kosty



In the News


The Washington Post

This man has given away 500 free pizzas. He lowers them from his apartment window

Wharton School graduate student Ben Berman has been raising money for local nonprofits by raffling off homemade pizzas. “This is something positive that I can do from my own apartment,” he said.

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USA Today

NCAA Division I Council delays vote on transfer rules and name, image and likeness

Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun released a statement about the NCAA’s decision to delay voting on changes to Division I rules that would allow student athletes to profit off of their own names, images, and likenesses. “The Council remains fully committed to modernizing Division I rules in ways that benefit all student-athletes,” she said. “Unfortunately, external factors require this pause, and the Council will use this time to enhance the proposals.”

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The New York Times

The composer Tyshawn Sorey enters a new phase

Tyshawn Sorey of the School of Arts & Sciences was profiled for his accomplishments as a musician, composer, and academic.

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The Washington Post

NCAA grants blanket waiver to transfer athletes, most of whom can play right away

Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun spoke about the NCAA’s Division I Council’s lenience amid the pandemic. “The Council continued its trend of voting in favor of maximum flexibility for student-athletes during the pandemic,” she said. “Allowing transfer student-athletes to compete immediately will provide additional opportunities to student-athletes during this continued difficult time and perhaps allow games to be played that otherwise might not have been.”

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The New York Times

Paul Farmer is awarded the $1 million Berggruen Prize

President Amy Gutmann spoke about Paul Farmer, the recipient of the 2020 Berggruen Prize, for which Gutmann was juror. “Dr. Farmer’s call to improve public health systems is a matter not only of science but also of politics, economics, and ethics,” she said. “In this crisis, like the ones that preceded it, our knowledge far outpaces our will to put effective solutions into action.”

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