Arab Spring’s Demands for Democratic Reforms Has Precedence, Penn Senior Finds

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.

Two University of Pennsylvania Professors Awarded 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships

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.

Penn Professor Grant Frame Receives $250,000 NEH Grant for Humanities Project

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.

Penn Students Express Themselves Through Spoken Word

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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Shakespeare – Not to Be – As a Required Course at Top Colleges April 23, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Rebecca Bushnell and Michael Gamer of the School of Arts & Sciences comment on Shakespeare’s literature being offered in courses at Penn.

See If You Can Guess Why BuzzFeed Deleted These Three Posts April 20, 2015 | Washington Post

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.”

A Digital Reboot of Humanities at U of Penn April 14, 2015 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Jeffrey Kallberg of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about Penn’s newly announced Price Lab for Digital Humanities.

Penn Student Brings Native American Rappers Together at Penn Museum March 19, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

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.”

Russian Punk Activists Pussy Riot Speak at Penn March 18, 2015 | Philly.com

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.

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