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Volume 102, No. 2


The House that Joe Built
The idea of a National Constitution Center was “self-evident,” says alumnus Joe Torsella, but it wasn’t making much progress toward reality until he took charge. 
By Kathryn Levy Feldman

The University as Discourse Community
In this essay from Public Discourse in America, which she co-edited with Stephen P. Steinberg, Penn’s president explores the question, “What is a university for?” 
By Judith Rodin

A Passion for Putting Things Together
In their design for the new Levine Hall, their teaching and research, and a just-published book, design alumni Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake are pushing for an architecture that goes beyond appearances. 
By John Prendergast

The Kindness of Strangers
“I got my affairs in order, I redid my will, I told my husband where everything was,” says alumna Ruth Spector of her battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. “But I never really considered the possibility that I would die.” 
By Kristine Conner


From the Editor


Notes From the Undergrad: In search of school spirit
Alumni Voices: “Dependence, sacrifice, servitude”
Elsewhere: A year in the Amazon
Expert Opinion: Fatal flaws in an education law

GAZETTEER : News & Sports

Penn secures campus-safety award 
Taking education to the extreme
High-rise facelift
Expanding Univers(ity) 
Penn #5 in U.S. NewsWSJ ranks Wharton #1 MBA program 
Presidential search committee seeks advice 
Short stay for EVP Stanley 
Middle East-class essays archived 
Fulbright full-house 
Find the gnomes to know Penn 
Petite portions keep French more fit 

Nursing School’s Sarah Kagan wins MacArthur grant
Pining for a postseason 


Books: In the Shadows of War. A pilot’s odyssey reconstructed 
Excerpt: Collector Robert Lehrman on Joseph Cornell’s art
Books: The Empty Ocean. Watery grave 
Film: Postmodern pastiche of Chekhov’s plays
Briefly Noted
Arts Calendar

ALUMNI : Profiles : Events : Notes : Obituaries

Pennfest NYC showcases alumni talent
AYUDA fights diabetes abroad 
Message smuggler Ivan Juzang 
LEAP leader Sara Shenkan
Lawyer and matchmaker Samantha Daniels
So Smart! creators Scott and Alexandra Martinez Tornek 
“Nora Prize” aids student networking
Conflict resolver Matthew Hodes
“Kung Fu Football” actor Anthony Jun Hung Ng


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