Education, Business, & Law

U.S. Economic Crisis Also Crisis of Race, Penn Professor Argues

Soon after the historic 2008 election of the country’s first African-American president an intense public debate began in some quarters of the United States. Did Barack Obama’s victory signal the beginning of the end of racism and discrimination in the country? Was America finally becoming post racial?  

Jacquie Posey

Penn Division of Public Safety to Host Safety Fair

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety, in conjunction with the House deans and staff of the College House system, will host a Safety Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. at three locations on campus: the field at 40th and Locust streets, the Upper Quad and Hill Field.

Jill DiSanto-Haines

Wharton School at Penn Announces $12 Million Gift From Alumni Bruce Jacobs and Kenneth Levy

PHILADELPHIA -- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a $12 million gift from Bruce Jacobs and Kenneth Levy, classes of 1986 and 1982. The gift will include $10 million to establish the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research and $2 million to fund the Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize for Quantitative Financial Innovation.

Peter Winicov

Penn Creates M.I. GREEN to Help Students Live Green

  PHILADELPHIA –- As new students from around the country and the globe move in to their new residence halls at the University of Pennsylvania this week, they are being greeted with a new program to help them “green” their new home away from home.

Julie McWilliams

Penn Graduate School of Education to Share in $1 Million Grant to Study Early Algebra Initiatives

PHILADELPHIA — A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Michigan State University have been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how schools and districts are handling the “universal early algebra” imperative, a push for students to complete algebra before the end

Jill DiSanto-Haines

In the News

NBC News

Democrats have a new tool to undo Trump's 'midnight rule-making.' But there's a catch

Cary Coglianese of the Law School spoke about the seldom-used Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn federal rules with a simple majority and prohibit federal agencies from reissuing similar rules without their approval. “If there’s a type of rule that the incoming administration would really like to ensure never gets adopted again, the CRA is a good way to do that,” Coglianese said.


The Hill

Parler sues Amazon, asks court to reinstate platform

David Hoffman of the Law School said Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon has been weakened because Amazon had warned the social media platform about violating the terms of their agreement prior to terminating the account. “There have been repeated warnings over time about Parler’s failure to comply with Amazon’s terms of use,” Hoffman said. “Given those repeated warnings over time, it’s sort of rich to say, ‘You didn’t give us enough time.’”


CBS Philadelphia

Philadelphia police increases presence in parts of city again following storming of US Capitol

Claire Finkelstein of the Law School said President Trump may have committed a crime by encouraging his supporters to breach the U.S. Capitol building. “The question is whether or not the president was intentionally trying to interfere with the peaceful transition of power and trying to launch an attack using his supporters as weapons against the U.S. government,” Finkelstein said. “If we were to find out additional facts that suggested some intentionality on the part of the president, then I believe he could be guilty of sedition.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Congress expected to certify Biden’s win this week—despite GOP push to subvert the vote

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School attributed efforts to call into question the results of the presidential election to longer term political objectives. “I’m afraid that it’s going to make the next four years a lot more difficult—not that they were going to be easy, anyway,” he said. “To the extent that we’re in an era of people living in different realities, this exacerbates that.”


Associated Press

8 Pa. House GOP members to oppose Biden’s electoral votes

Seth Kreimer of the Law School spoke about challenges to the results of the 2020 presidential election. “I have taught constitutional law for almost four decades, and I do not believe I have ever before seen American officials reject the outcome of an election with such brazenness,” he said.