School of Arts & Sciences

Legal Strategy Could Hinge on Mental Assessment

January 11, 2011

Stephen Morse of the Law School and School of Arts and Sciences comments on the legal approach that might be taken regarding the alleged gunman in the Tucson shooting.

Article Source: New York Times

Obama’s Veto Pen Likely to See More Action

January 11, 2011

Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on how frequently President Obama might use his veto power now.

Article Source: Washington Times
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Media Contact:Leo Charney | | 215-746-3430 January 13, 2011

Six New Penn Fellows Announced

PHILADELPHIA – Six faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Penn Fellows for 2011.

The announcement was made by Vincent Price, Penn provost, and Lynn Hollen Lees, vice provost for faculty.

They are:

• Vijay Balasubramanian, Merriam Term Associate Professor of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences and a theoretical physicist who specializes in string theory, black holes, quantum gravity and applications of neuroscience. 

‘N-Word’ Has Become an Indelible Part of the American Lexicon

January 10, 2011

Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses a version of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that replaces a racial slur with “slave.”

Article Source: USA Today

Can You Build a Better Brain?

January 3, 2011

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on improving memory skills.

Article Source: Newsweek
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820January 10, 2011

”Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art” at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

PHILADELPHIA — “Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art” opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on Jan. 22. 

Featuring 30 prints, drawings, photographs and paintings, this traveling exhibition organized by the Smith College Museum of Art offers a glimpse into the post-Cultural Revolution era in China, following Mao Zedong’s death.  It was the time when Chinese artists began to shrug off the restrictions established under Maoist Communism (1949-1979) and reclaim their individuality.

The Terrible Mistake of Revoking Birthright Citizenship: U. S. Owes Mexicans More, Not Less

January 6, 2011

Rogers Smith of the School of Arts and Sciences contributes an op-ed about immigration proposals.

Article Source: New York Daily News

Prison Reform: A Smart Way for States to Save Money and Lives

January 7, 2011

John Dilulio of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his contribution to the “Right On Crime” Initiative.

Article Source: Washington Post

'To Form a More Perfect Union,’ But Reading Sparks Some Division

January 7, 2011

Richard Beeman of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on significance of Congress’ recitation of the Constitution on the House floor.

Article Source: Washington Post

Videos Clear Up the Often-Mangled ‘Phulluhphya’ Accent

January 5, 2011

William Labov of the School of Arts and Sciences, author of the Atlas of North American English, remarks on the videomaker’s Philadelphia dialect sound changes.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News