University of Pennsylvania undergraduate Anwar Akrouk's senior thesis argues that the Arab Spring’s demand for democratic reform mirrors nationalism’s rise following World War I and the Ottoman Empire’s fall.
University of Pennsylvania law and history professor Sarah Barringer Gordon and history professor Kathleen Brown have won 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships. They are among 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected from 3,100 applicants in the United States and Canada.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Grant Frame, University of Pennsylvania associate professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, a two-year $250,000 grant for his Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period Project. The award brings to nearly $950,000 the total NEH grants Frame has received for the RINAP Project since 2008.
When members of the spoken word troupe The Excelano Project perform, their fans in the University of Pennsylvania community are spellbound by what they have to say.
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Rebecca Bushnell and Michael Gamer of the School of Arts & Sciences comment on Shakespeare’s literature being offered in courses at Penn.
Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication says, “As the distinctions between advertising the news operations continue to blur, we can expect more of these controversies in the future.”
Jeffrey Kallberg of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about Penn’s newly announced Price Lab for Digital Humanities.
Student Talon Bazille Ducheneaux is featured for organizing an event at the Penn Museum titled “Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat.” Lucy Fowler Williams is also cited as a curator for the exhibit “Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now.”
Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for moderating an event featuring Russian punk-political activist duo Pussy Riot. William Burke-White of the Law School is also mentioned as the director of the Perry World House that is set to officially open in January.