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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 17, 2012

Penn to Host Access to USC Shoah Foundation Institute Archive; Nearly 52,000 Holocaust Testimonies on Video

WHAT:       The launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s entire Visual History Archive that contains nearly 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust from 56 countries and in 32 languages.

Female College Leaders Criticize Augusta’s Male-only Membership

April 11, 2012

Discussing the exclusion of women from the Augusta National Golf Club, President Amy Gutmann says, “This is something all Americans should be able to agree upon: the era of excluding women from prominent private clubs is over.”

Article Source: Business Week
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 12, 2012

Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Present Beacon Award to Author Toni Morrison

PHILADELPHIA -- Author Toni Morrison has been honored for her contributions to literature and the arts and her commitment to advancing, supporting and promoting women.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2012

Benjamin Garcia Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Benjamin Garcia has been named the first Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective June 1.  The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.  

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 12, 2012

International Sustainable Campus Network Recognizes Penn’s Green Academic Offerings

PHILADELPHIA –- The academic component that the University of Pennsylvania has included in its Climate Action Plan caught the attention of the International Sustainable Campus Network when that agency compiled its inaugural Global University Leaders Forum Charter report earlier this year.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 12, 2012

University of Pennsylvania Receives Highest Presidential Recognition for Community Service

WASHINGTON – The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Pennsylvania with the Presidential Award in the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to bettering the community through community service and service learning.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658 (office) 215-852-8017 (cell) March 6, 2012

Penn’s Silfen University Forum on March 19 Will Focus on How the 2012 Election Might Fix a ‘Broken’ America

PHILADELPHIA –- A panel of political experts will examine the 2012 election and the effect it will have on the nation’s ills during the University of Pennsylvania’s annual David and Lyn Silfen University Forum to be held 4:30–6 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.

 At the forum, the panelists will consider the question “Is America Broken? A Conversation on the 2012 Elections and Beyond.” 

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | February 17, 2012

Penn's Amy Gutmann Reappointed Chair of Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

PHILADELPHIA -- Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been re-appointed chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama.  She has served in the position since first being appointed by Obama in 2009.

Also reappointed to the Commission was James W. Wagner, the vice chair.  Wagner is the president of Emory University.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 17, 2012

Penn Announces 2012-13 Financial-Aid Budget, Tuition

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania today reaffirmed its commitment to an all-grant, no-loan financial-aid program as its Board of Trustees authorized a $181 million financial-aid budget for 2012-13 while increasing total undergraduate charges by 3.9 percent, the second lowest in 44 years.  

Opinion: Willing to Talk: That’s What Pro-Israel Means at UPenn

February 15, 2012

"The overwhelming sentiment among student leaders, national advocacy groups, as well as members of the Philadelphia community, was that the only remedy for misinformation is information.… We support President Amy Gutmann's decision to allow free speech to prevail."

Article Source: Jewish Exponent