Engaging Locally Nationally and Globally

Staff Q&A with Daniel Drake

As Daniel Drake makes his way through the halls of the Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) program headquarters, almost every person he passes shakes his hand, nods “hello,” greets him by name. And despite having a jam-packed itinerary as the CEO of the all-inclusive elder care center, Drake knows their names as well.

Originally published on February 13, 2014

Open Learning at Penn

GLOBAL LEARNING: Penn launched its Open Learning Initiative in July 2012, a vital part of the University’s mission to increase worldwide access to educational resources that can impact humanity.

Originally published on December 12, 2013

Penn students promote linguistic and cultural diversity

Ariel Koren, a junior in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, fell in love with the Spanish language and Latin American culture when she was in high school in Jacksonville, Fla. But for her sister, who has learning disabilities, lessons about another language and culture weren’t quite as accessible.

Originally published on December 12, 2013

One decade old, Puentes de Salud is ‘a labor of love’

As a Mexican, Steven Cabrera says he’s very aware that many individuals who share his culture have a difficult time accessing health care in Philadelphia because of issues like immigration, poverty, or both.

Originally published on October 17, 2013

Silfen Forum takes on open learning and higher ed

A revolution is afoot in higher education.

Originally published on April 5, 2013

Training tomorrow’s lawyers through the power of documentary filmmaking

For Penn Law’s Regina Austin, video is a powerful tool for legal advocacy.

It’s a way to tell clients’ stories, place complicated issues quickly in context, and put faces and names to issues that may not see the light of day in more traditional media outlets.

Originally published on December 13, 2012

Student Spotlight with Catherine Kipsang

SOCIAL NETWORKING POLITICIANS: A student from Kenya, Catherine Kipsang, 22, is the co-founder of Givenumbers.com, a social platform launched in June that provides vital information about Kenyan politicians to the Kenyan public.

Originally published on December 13, 2012

PennDesign works to preserve forgotten work by architect Frank Furness

Zip along Kelly Drive too quickly, and you’ll likely miss it—a brownstone arch that sits right at the highway’s edge, flanked by steps that lead up the hill.

It’s not difficult to see why people just pass by. The arch is tagged with graffiti. There’s no sidewalk to encourage pedestrians to walk under the stone structure. Vines and trees partially obscure the ornate arch from view.

Originally published on November 15, 2012

The Shoah, remembered

The Shoah Foundation has its roots in Poland, once home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. Of the 3.3 million Jews who lived there before the Nazi invasion in 1939, 85 percent (more than 4 out of 5) were murdered during the Holocaust.

Originally published on November 15, 2012

Q&A with Ira Harkavy

After Ira Harkavy had just finished his Ph.D. at Penn, his mentor in the history department, Lee Benson, delivered an address that called for practitioners in communities to work together with academics.

It was a simple but powerful idea that took root in Harkavy’s imagination.

Originally published on November 15, 2012