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Sept|Oct 2015
Volume 114, No. 1


Baby Mama


After overcoming her own infertility, Melissa Brisman W’93 has helped hundreds of couples become parents as a legal entrepreneur in the little-discussed realm of pregnancy for pay. By Trey Popp

Healing Invisible Wounds


Yochi Dreazen C’99 had seen his share of death and combat trauma as a military journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it wasn’t until he met an American general and his family that he learned how deep that trauma can go, and what needs to be done to heal it. By Samuel Hughes

The Many Songs of David


Rabbi David Wolpe C’81 is a much-admired writer, the popular leader of the largest Conservative Jewish congregation in the country, and one of the “50 most influential Jews in the world,” according to one authoritative source. His latest book, David: The Divided Heart, delves into one of the Bible’s most fascinating—and human—characters. By Beth Kissileff

Plastic Fantastic


Penn Medicine’s Frances E. Jensen is a leader in studying how the brain develops and what that means for learning, behavior, and the treatment of disease at different ages. For her recent book plumbing the mysteries of the teenage brain, she drew on the latest neuroscience findings—and the experiment going on in her own home. By JoAnn Greco


From the Editor

From College Hall



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD “Little lights, everywhere”

ALUMNI VOICES The road nearly traveled

ELSEWHERE Sacred circus

EXPERT OPINION Planning for future warfare


Gazetteer: News & Sports

No argument: Presidential debates need fixing

NSF Innovation Corps attracts student entrepreneurs

Is gambling on quitting smoking a smart bet?

Q&A: Marie Gottschalk on America’s sky-high incarceration rate

English Professor Suvir Kaul on Kashmir’s rich poetry and tragic politics

Out of the Void, a “life-changing” championship

New coaches in football (in a way) and women’s soccer



EXHIBITION Courtly Treasures at the Arthur Ross Gallery

MUSIC Marc Mostovoy G’67 on the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

ART Monument Lab memorializes sculptor Terry Adkins




Alumni: Profiles

Donna Crilley Farrell C’86 is in charge of the Pope’s Philadelphia visit

Mick Moloney Gr’92 makes Irish music, and traces its history

Transgender activist Dana Beyer M’78 fights to let people be “who they are”

Talon Ducheneaux C’15 is a Native American voice in hip-hop

Kate Arian C’11 is bringing beauty services to hospital rooms

Damien Rocchi WG’01’s Grand Circus is helping “reinvent” Detroit

: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries










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