Education, Business, & Law

43 years at Penn, and thriving

Valarie Ena Swain-Cade McCoullum reflects with Penn Today on her long career at the University, what still keeps her motivated each day, her new role as the inaugural Vice Provost for Student Engagement, and more.

Lauren Hertzler

The post-COVID workplace: Will employees be safe?

Experts at Wharton weigh in on what to expect when employees return to the workplace post-pandemic, and whether to expect all employees can, and will, return to a traditional workplace.

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In the News

The Washington Post

The Technology 202: Microsoft’s possible acquisition of TikTok could also bring increased Washington scrutiny

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp spoke about Microsoft’s interest in acquiring TikTok, a move unlikely to trigger an investigation by antitrust regulators. “We don’t have any actual case law that pursues mergers simply because the companies are big,” he said. “They have to be competitors, for the most part, and have significant market share.”


WBUR Boston

‘Social movements are contagious’: Protests within Mass. companies are part of a growing trend

Mae McDonnell of the Wharton School said non-union workers have been increasingly willing to organize in recent years. “In the first half of 2015, there were six instances of employee activism in tech firms reported in mainstream media. In the first half of 2020, there were 60,“ she said.


Times Higher Education

Questions over implementation as India approves system overhaul

Alan Ruby of the Graduate School of Education commented on India’s plans to overhaul its higher education system. “The big story is the commitment to growing the total size of the sector by adding 35 million places, effectively doubling the current infrastructure,” he said.



What to do about contracts during COVID-19

David Hoffman of the Law School and a University of Virginia Law School colleague published a paper about the impact of COVID-19 on contracts. They recommend renegotiating contracts to minimize damages over trying to enforce or fight the terms.


The New York Times

Elizabeth Warren’s evolution on race brought her here

Stephen Burbank of the Law School spoke about Elizabeth Warren’s research on systemic inequality. “I believe that finding out what was happening to people, including minorities, was very, very influential in the development of all sorts of her views and policy positions,” he said.