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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460 October 14, 2010

Penn Bioengineers Awarded DoD Grant to Study the Neuronal Effects of Blasts, Tackles and Collisions

PHILADELPHIA –- A collaboration of biologists and bioengineers, including researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $6.25 million, 5-year grant from the Department of Defense to study the effects of blast waves on the neural circuitry of the brain.

Defining Expertise Down

October 7, 2010

Eric Trager, a student in the School of Arts and Sciences, authors an opinion on the notion of political expertise.

Article Source: New York Post
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Media Contact: | | October 8, 2010

Penn Creative Writing Lecturer Max Apple Wins Pew Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA –- Writer Max Apple, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and longtime member of Penn’s Kelly Writers House community, has won a 2010 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

He is among 12 Philadelphia-area artists awarded the $60,000 fellowships.

Apple has published three collections of stories, “The Oranging of America,” “Free Agents” and “The Jew of Home Depot”; two novels, “Zip “and “Propheteers”; and two books of non-fiction, “Roommates” and “I Love Gootie.” 

Mario Vargas Llosa, Visiting Professor at Princeton, Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 8, 2010

James English of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Mario Vargas Llosa‘s Nobel Prize in literature.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

O'Donnell's Thinking: Not Very Evolved?

October 4, 2010

Michael Weisberg of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the philosophy of evolution.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Pew: Rate of People Moving Into Philly Exceeds Rate of Those Moving Out

October 7, 2010

Janice Madden of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School discusses Philadelphia in-migration.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize in Literature


Dr. James English

Director, Penn Humanities Forum

University of Pennsylvania


• Author of “The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards and the Circulation of Cultural Value”

 • Has taught a range of courses in 20th-century literature and culture, from general surveys of modernist and postmodernist literature to advanced seminars in globalization and critical theory.