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David Wallace on Chaucer, his world, and ours.[...]
“Existential Despair”: Rilke, Burroughs, My Little Pony, and more.[...]
Can brain imaging help heal extreme partisanship?[...]
Wage stagnation linked to dearth of employers.[...]
Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s epic has become a surprise sensation, a once-in-a-generation transformation of how English readers encounter one of the most iconic characters in all of literature. Fellow classics professor (and Odyssey aficionado) Peter Struck has some questions for her.[...]
Thomas Childers’ The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany.[...]
Two new books by Penn faculty explore how free expression on campus became so fraught and what to do about it.[...]
Simon Patten, who led the Wharton School during the Progressive Era, was a pioneer of the economics of abundance, theorist of the second industrial revolution, and intellectual godfather of the New Deal. His descent into obscurity poses provocative questions about how the field has evolved.[...]
A MOOC reinvigorates modern American poetry.[...]
Auditing the globe’s protected landscapes—and the forces threatening them.[...]
Dog science gets an update.[...]
In the age of hybrid cells and genetic medicine, where does human identity lie?[...]
A history of unripe findings and unintended consequences.[...]
Richard Berk designs computer algorithms that predict crime. As courts and cops increasingly use his and similar tools to shape everything from parole decisions to street policing, Berk has a warning: accuracy comes at the cost of fairness, and citizens must decide where justice lies. [...]
The fatal scourge of child maltreatment has a tragic enabler: the ethical code of professional social workers. [...]
Safe Kids Stories promotes “stealth culture change.”[...]
With his high-tech Baroque Topologies project, associate professor of architecture Andrew Saunders is adding new dimensions to the study of Italian Baroque churches. It’s also serious eye candy. [...]
Combining old-school fieldwork and ethnography with up-to-the-minute gene-based analyses, Penn molecular anthropologist Theodore G. Schurr has helped shape our understanding of the movement of ancient peoples into the Americas. [...]
Big data and the Bard: what’s in a the, or and, or with, or or? [...]
The classical studies professor—whose scholarship traces how intellectual concepts and literary works were received and interpreted in ancient Greece and Rome—is an ardent champion of the continued vitality and relevance of liberal arts education in our own time.[...]