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Penn Cinema Studies will present a one-day conference on Friday, April 18, exploring the role of film, video, and digital media as tools of social change and control in global politics.
Al Filreis, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been inducted as one of 14 founding members into the Minerva Academy, an honorary institution dedicated to promoting and rewarding extraordinary advancements and innovation in higher education around the world.
WHO:             Michael Horowitz                         Associate Professor of Political Science
WHO:             University of Pennsylvania                        Anti-Defamation League
On April 17th Penn and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia will present a half-day workshop for teachers of the Holocaust that will incorporate the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive of interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses. 
Leah Seifu, a second-year University of Pennsylvania medical student, says that her Ethiopian heritage and Catholic school education instilled in her a deep cultural awareness and drive to help others through social activism.
New research by Andrew Stokes, a doctoral student in demography and sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that many obesity studies substantially underestimate the mortality risks associated with excess weight in the United States. His study, “Using Maximum Weight to Redefine Body Mass Index Categories in Studies of The Mortality Risks of Obesity,” was published in the March issue of the open-access journal Population Health Metrics.
Carrying extra weight increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. Studies have shown, however, that being overweight or at the low end of obese on the body mass index (BMI) may not necessarily shorten lifespans in the United States, resulting in the obesity paradox.
Penn’s Division of Human Resources (HR) has unveiled a new smoking cessation program to help faculty and staff who smoke improve their health and save money on the costs of nicotine replacement therapy. All full- and part-time, benefits-eligible employees can enroll.
WHO:             Women of Color at Penn                       University of Pennsylvania