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Here are the stories of Penn alumni trying to carry out the increasingly embattled mission of public education in Philadelphia. [...]
English professor Rita Barnard’s new collection of essays on Nelson Mandela examines the man behind the mythology. In an interview and an excerpt, she discusses Mandela, South Africa, and the challenges of a scholarly approach to a legend.[...]
In 1967, 400 African Americans followed a metal worker named Ben Carter from the South Side of Chicago to Israel. Anthropologist and PIK Professor John L. Jackson has spent the last decade documenting that group.[...]
His library—preserved on Van Pelt’s sixth floor—is one of the great campus spaces, but there’s a lot more than that to know about historian and civic reformer Henry Charles Lea.[...]
Michael Chazan C’85 has been blazing a trail back in time from Biblical to Lower Paleolithic archaeology. [...]
Once upon a time, Dan Fields C’88 was this close to bringing his acclaimed production of a “lost” Arthur Miller play to Broadway. Now he creates live entertainment for Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships. [...]
In politics and the firehouse, Matt Klapper C’05 has learned to take the heat. [...]
From cloaks to biosuits, three Penn alumni span several centuries with their thought-provoking debut novels. [...]
Photos from the festivities.[...]
PIK Professor Adrian Raine is regarded as the world’s leading biological criminologist. He didn’t get there by playing it safe. Plus: “Where to Draw the Lines?” an excerpt from Raine’s new book, The Anatomy of Violence.[...]
As it enters its third century, America’s oldest continuously existing college literary society still has a role to fill on campus, in keeping with its unofficial motto: “Raise hell with your brain.”[...]
Getting to know the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.[...]
With a new director at the helm and a slate of ambitious exhibitions on tap for 2013-14, Penn’s ICA is poised to celebrate its own past while still focusing on bringing what’s new in the art world to campus. [...]
Alumni have been working at the icon of computer animation since long before Toy Story, and a steady stream of Digital Media Design graduates are continuing to help create new hits like the Academy Award-winning Brave and this summer’s Monsters University.[...]
As director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness, Michael Baime M’81 has helped hundreds of healthcare professionals acquire the skills to improve their interactions with patients, increase their job satisfaction, and reduce stress in their personal lives. [...]
Wharton professor Richard Shell’s unorthodox new book on success draws on his own wandering path to an academic career and celebrates the power of uncertainty. [...]
Josh Tauberer Gr’11 believed the government should just give him the data he needed to create GovTrack, his website to help people follow the progress of Congressional legislation. When the powers-that-be said No, he went out and got it anyway. [...]
Once hailed as a “landmark” achievement, alumnus and Penn English professor Robert Spiller’s Literary History of the United States now feels not just dated but fundamentally misguided. What happened?[...]
Paralyzed from the neck down by a gunshot wound in 2011, Kevin Neary C’04 can’t help imagining that someday a medical miracle might allow him to walk again. [...]
The dangers and rewards of giving more than you get. An excerpt from Give and Take by Wharton professor Adam Grant. Plus: Interview with the author.[...]