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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

Penn collecting instruments for Lea music program

Molly McGlone, assistant dean for advising at Penn, teaches courses in music and urban studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, including a residential program in Fisher Hassenfeld College House called “Music and Social Change.” McGlone is also a member of the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Sc

Originally published on September 27, 2012

Penn becomes first Ivy to partner with KIPP schools

Chevon Boone’s story is the sort of against-all-odds tale they make TV movies about.

She grew up in the tiny rural town of Garysburg, North Carolina, about a six-hour drive from Penn and the Ivy League. Yet for Boone and other underserved kids in Garysburg, that stretch of highway may as well have been an ocean.

Originally published on September 13, 2012

Penn’s South Bank: 23 acres of pure potential


In 1863, the Harrison Brothers chemical company purchased land at the corner of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue. By the early 1900s, the plant was mixing paints and producing sulfuric acid, and employed hundreds of people in South Philadelphia.

In 1917 DuPont purchased these labs, hoping to assert its dominance in the paint manufacturing market. In its heyday, this industrial site churned out paint-related products and research, mainly for automobiles. The site was a hub of economic activity and innovation—until it was closed at the end of July 2009.

Originally published on September 13, 2012

Q&A with Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel

“Are you interviewing me?” Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel bellows in his broad Chicago accent from the doorway of his office in College Hall.

Originally published on February 16, 2012

Botswana-UPenn Partnership marks 10 years of collaboration

Next week, 10 members of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) will travel from Africa to join their colleagues here on campus to celebrate 10 years of medical and academic collaboration.

Originally published on October 6, 2011

Welcome to Penn Park

It’s a stunning reimagination of a former industrial site, an increase of the green space on campus by 20 percent and a way to connect Center City with West Philadelphia. It’s Penn Park.

Originally published on September 15, 2011