School of Arts & Sciences

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Román de la Campa Professor of Romance Languages in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. de la Campa has written and edited numerous publications about Cuba, including a memoir, Cuba on My Mind: Journeys to a Severed Nation. He participated in the Cuban dialogue between Fidel Castro’s government and exile groups helping to impact relations during the late 1970s. He can discuss the opening in U.S.-Cuba relations as well as its historical and cultural background.


“The opening was coming because Cuba needs to open some markets for its people. Business interests in the U.S. have seen it as an opportunity for a long time, and the American people sense it is a policy that no longer works after 55 years.  

“Obama made the move Carter and Clinton thought about, but he needed to wait until he had no more elections in his path. Such has been the weight of Cuban exile politics tied to Republican promises to keep a hard line against Cuba. What will happen now, however, is not as clear as it seems.”

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460February 26, 2015

Helping Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Penn Students Stay True to Who They Are

University of Pennsylvania junior Roderick Cook believes that it’s important for those in positions of privilege and power to redistribute resources to help marginalized communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460February 26, 2015

Arabic Language Immersion Preps Penn Senior for Government Service Career

Blake Harwood first developed a passion to learn languages in high school as a teenager in Highland Park, Ill. when she won a scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo for six weeks in a foreign exchange student program.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151March 31, 2015

Penn Abroad in Tanzania Is Educational, Enlightening and Thrilling

Waking up and seeing a two-ton elephant nearby sounds like it could be a scene from a movie, but that’s exactly what University of Pennsylvania student Hannah Watene experienced while studying abroad in Tanzania.

Me, Myself, and Authenticity

February 25, 2015

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the rise of pronouns such as “I” and “we.”

Article Source: The Atlantic

The Gentrification Effect

February 25, 2015

Excerpts from the School of Arts & Sciences’ Thomas Sugrue’s essay titled “Diversity, Toleration and Space in Metropolitan America” are included.

Article Source: New York Times

Taming Big Government by Proxy

February 16, 2015

John DiIulio of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his book Bring Back the Bureaucrats.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604February 23, 2015

Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Research Fellowship recipients.

Objects and Architecture That Shape Lives

February 20, 2015

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about civil rights in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

College, Poetry and Purpose

February 18, 2015

Anne Hall of the School of Arts & Sciences is referenced.

Article Source: New York Times