School of Arts & Sciences

Attitudes Toward Racism and Inequality Are Shifting

June 23, 2015

Camille Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about changing attitudes towards racism and inequality.

Article Source: FiveThirtyEight.com

America’s Churches: Often a Reflection of the Nation’s Racial Divide

June 21, 2015

Tukufu Zuberi of the School or Arts & Sciences says, “When you kneel to pray, you don’t want your humanity questioned.”

Article Source: Reuters

Nina Simone’s Time Is Now, Again

June 19, 2015

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the legacy of singer Nina Simone.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151June 23, 2015

Serendipitous Path Opens Doors to an Education at Penn

Jason Morgan held a variety of jobs through his 30s, but it was a job lay-off during the economic downturn that led him to the University of Pennsylvania

In 2009, Morgan lost his job as a wedding photographer but soon found a job as a clerk at a restaurant on the Penn campus.

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Charleston Church Shooting

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Charles Howard University Chaplain

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Howard is a recognized preacher, teacher and speaker on issues related to race and faith.


Quote:

"Naming what happened in South Carolina as terror is so important. In part, this combats a racist inconsistency in how violent acts are described and processed. Too often, Muslim violence is connected to words like ‘terrorist.’ Black violence brings forth words like ‘thugs.’ White violence is often explained by phrases like ‘mentally ill’ but rarely ‘terror.’”

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Anthea Butler Associate Professor of Religion and Africana Studies

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Butler’s research interests include Pentecostalism, evangelicalism, African-American religion, gender and sexuality. Her first book, Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World, is the first full-length academic book focused on The Women’s Department of the Church of God in Christ.


Quote:

"I hope the media coverage won’t fall back on the typical narrative ascribed to white male shooters: a lone, disturbed or mentally ill young man failed by society. This is not an act of just ‘one hateful person.’ It is a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continues to pervade our society 50 years after the Birmingham church bombing galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. It should be covered as such."

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 19, 2015

Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.

Mississippi Valley Archaeological Site Reveals Transition From Hunter-gatherer to Farming Cultures of Ancient Native Americans

June 19, 2015

Meg Kassabaum of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Museum is featured as the project director for the Smith Creek Archeological Project.

Article Source: TheAdvocate.com

Tough Tests for Teachers, With Questions of Bias

June 17, 2015

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences is cited his collaborative report “Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force.”

Article Source: New York Times

Penn Study: Trying Kids as Adults Can Reduce Recidivism

June 16, 2015

Charles Loeffler and doctoral candidate Ben Grunwald of the School of Arts & Sciences are highlighted for studying how recidivism rates dropped when some youths were arrested and processed as adults.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine

Audio: How Teens Can Land Summer Jobs

June 16, 2015

Sara Heller of the School of Arts & Sciences joins a discussion about job opportunities for teenagers and about the life skills they can learn while working.