Meryl Marcus has been appointed as Manager of Events for the Office of the Secretary. Her functions there will include planning all activities and programs for University ceremonial events, supervising the diploma process and managing the Commencement budget. Marcus was the clinical department administrator at the Institute for Environmental Medicine in the School of Medicine. She formerly had worked as administrator of the Pediatric Neurology Faculty Practice at Temple University.
Kerry Sherin has been appointed Director of the Kelly Writers House, where she had served as the Resident Coordinator. She will now be responsible for all long-range planning, program development, external relations, staff development, and budget and facilities planning. In addition to being a broadly-published poet, essayist and memoirist, Sherin teaches literature and writing and is a doctoral student at Temple University.
Heather Starr replaces Kerry Sherin as the Resident Coordinator at the Kelly Writers House. Starr graduated from Barnard College as a Centennial Honors Scholar and English major. In 1996, she came to Penn as Program Coordinator of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center. She also became involved with the Writers House, founding the Penn and Pencil Club for staff and faculty writers and organizing the December 1997 marathon reading. Starr will now manage the daily operations of the house and be the producer of "Live at the Writers House," airing on WXPN.
“Publishers are not thinking enough about who is reading these books. Imagine reading ‘A Fine Dessert’ to a classroom in Philadelphia that is 90 percent African-American. How are those kids going to feel?”
— Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, on “A Fine Dessert,” a children’s book from Random House. An eight-page sequence in the book depicts a seemingly happy enslaved mother and child that some critics say sugarcoats slavery and omits its horrors. Thomas called the scene “degrading.” (The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2015)