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Nov|Dec 2016
Volume 115, No. 2


Perry World House
Penn unveils its ambitious global policy center—which, in the run-up to the US presidential election, has wasted no time hosting a Who’s Who in the realm of world affairs. By Trey Popp

Legal Zoom-In
Law professor Regina Austin L’73 loves star-attorney Perry Mason, but the students in her year-long Visual Legal Advocacy seminar are learning to make their cases from behind the camera. By JoAnn Greco

Photographer Arthur Drooker C’76 has trained his lens on American Ruins and Lost Worlds. His new collection, Conventional Wisdom, covers his strangest territory yet.

Hands On History
For the past three decades, the Raab family has been buying and selling rare documents. It’s a uniquely personal way of learning—and teaching—history. By Samuel Hughes

Chasing Miracles
The author wanted to know why the stem-cell treatments that worked so well for her hobbled dog aren’t being used to put the spring back in humans’ steps. Researchers at Penn’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine explained—and shared some of their own, measured, progress toward successful therapies. By Kathryn Levy Feldman



From the Editor



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD Paris, and the attacks

ALUMNI VOICES The lifeline we needed

ELSEWHERE “Magic is abroad”

EXPERT OPINION Where public-school reformers go wrong


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Political polarization less pronounced than partisans predict

Pennovation Center opening: fabricating the future

Convocation: “Find your comfort zone, and then go beyond it”

Sociology’s Steve Viscelli on life as a long-haul trucker

$10 million gift for McNulty Leadership Program at Wharton

History prof Michael Zuckerman C’61 on rethinking the Revolution

Lorene Cary C’78 G’78 on a glorious day in the nation’s capital

33 to 40 offers a “snapshot of Penn at a very specific moment”

Basketball: women look to repeat as Ivy champs, men to contend


“Realist optimist” Brandon Copeland W’13’s NFL run



ART “Singular” artist Jon Sarkin C’75 tries a new medium

BOOKS A Penn story (but not hers) by Allison Winn Scotch C’95

MUSIC Off the Beat’s star turn in Sing It On

MUSIC Yeasayer aims to be “unsettling, nostalgic, and novel”




Alumni: Profiles

Geoffrey See W’08 is spreading entrepreneurship in North Korea

Jennie Ripps C’03 plays with beverages at Owl’s Brew/Brew Lab Tea

Anna Grassellino Gr’10’s breakthrough improved superconductivity


: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries





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