Education, Business, & Law

Teaching beyond September 11

Penn GSE’s Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher says the lessons of 9/11 offer a chance for students to examine how the event has shaped much of the last two decades, in America and around the world.

From Penn GSE

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

HIPAA at 25 remains a work in progress

Anita Allen argues that while HIPAA has delivered meaningful benefits to consumers, it still needs updating to address new and emerging privacy challenges.

From the Regulatory Review

Long-term COVID and the ADA

Jasmine Harris, a disability law expert, shares her thoughts on President Biden’s announcement that long-term COVID sufferers could be protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Kristen de Groot

Is deflection a good business tactic?

Wharton’s Maurice Schweitzer is the co-author of the first study to examine the costs and benefits of answering a question with a question.

From Knowledge@Wharton

COVID-19, protests, and crime

During a summer internship with the Law School’s David Abrams, rising sophomores Caroline Li and David Feng looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic and last summer’s racial justice protests affected America’s crime rate. 

Kristen de Groot

In the News

The Washington Post

Why having too much free time can be as bad for you as having too little

Research led by Marissa Sharif of the Wharton School found that, when it comes to leisure time, there’s a point of diminishing return. “A moderate amount of discretionary time leads people to be better off or happier compared to having a large amount of free time,” she said. “And that’s because with a large amount of free time, people feel this lacking sense of productivity and purpose.”


NBC News

‘A heavy price’: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state

Claire Finkelstein of the Law School spoke about the legal aftermath of 9/11. “The expansive view we've taken of war powers, which we view as necessary in the aftermath of 9/11, has crept into the non-war powers,” she said. “The same trends have been passed from one administration to another, and it almost doesn't matter which one you look at. It's all the same.”


The New York Times

Fed officials’ trading draws outcry and fuels calls for accountability

Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School spoke about the Federal Reserve’s decades-old ethics standards. “What we have now is an ethics system built on a very narrow conception of what a central bank is and should be,” he said.


NBC News

Covid long-haulers face new challenges as they head to college. Universities are listening

Jasmine Harris of the Law School said college students with lingering effects from COVID-19 may need disability accommodations. “If we do not address reasonable modifications and disability in higher ed, we risk students dropping out of programs, voluntarily or involuntarily, which means we lose the talent and skills of a growing population of young long-haulers,” she said.


The Wall Street Journal

Boeing board to face 737 MAX lawsuit

Elizabeth Pollman of the Law School weighed in on a shareholder lawsuit brought against Boeing’s board after two plane crashes. Pollman said other corporate boardrooms will take note of the lawsuit’s outcome: “They read these opinions for guidance.”