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Vol. 95, No. 8


Where Human Life Happens
Genetic testing and other technologies that offer a “window on the womb” are allowing parents to know more about their prospective offspring than ever before. Is that good?
By Phil Berardelli

Nature’s Way
On the trail with his new daughter, a father’s perspective changes.
By David Wicinas

Camp David on the Schuylkill
When scholars representing two distinct strands of Judiac studies gathered in Houston Hall, they may not have signed any peace accords, but they did find some common ground.
By Samuel Hughes

Alumni Weekend 1997
Penn Grads came from all over the country to be a part of Alumni Weekend.


From the Editor
Some words on the word “normal,” congratulations, and a welcome.

Chewing over the past three decades of Penn restaurants … and more.

From College Hall
Penn’s role in the community combines both. By Judith Rodin

Notes From the Undergrad
Fond memories and advice from a new alumna. By Randi Feigenbaum

Bill Cosby speaks, students march and sweat at CommencementFormer President Sheldon Hackney’s return to campusBaseball coach Bob Seddon’s winning waysComparing French and American studentsTesting the feasibility of fish farming

Off the Shelf
A Cacophony of Voices
The plague of race in a fever-stricken city. By David L. Uli

The Alumni
Comings, goings, appointments, promotions, accolades, and other personal news

Alumni Profiles
Aravind Joshi
Understanding machines and the mind.
Kevin O’Brien
A textile artist works his magic on scarves.


Cryptic Crossword, by Brit Ray

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