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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386January 20, 2016

The Penn Institute for Urban Research Announces New Photo Contest

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Enter this new photo contest today, a collaboration between Penn IUR and the Center for Public Health Initiatives.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR), in collaboration with the Center for Public Health Initiatives, recently announced a photo contest on the theme of public health and the urban environmental landscape. The contest asks participants to submit images

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 19, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Speak at Penn’s 260th Commencement

Lin-Manuel Miranda, a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient and the Tony- and Grammy-award winning composer and lyricist of the Broadway show “In the Heights” and of “Hamilton,” a groundbreaking musical rooted in hip-hop and intertwined with R & B, jazz, and pop, will

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 13, 2016

Black Lives Matter Co-founders Headline MLK Lecture in Social Justice at Penn

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Social activists Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi will discuss their work in the Black Lives Matter organization and how social media catapulted #BlackLivesMatter into a global movement at the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice on Jan. 21 at 5;30 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:             Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi are two of the three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 13, 2016

Penn Honors MLK Through Annual ‘Day of Service’

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The University of Pennsylvania will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Activities coordinated by Penn’s African-American Resource Center include a volunteer breakfast, community-service projects, community workshops and a candlelight vigil.

WHAT:   The University of Pennsylvania will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Activities coordinated by Penn’s African-American Resource Center include a volunteer breakfast, community-service projects, community workshops and a candlelight vigil.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820
Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 January 13, 2016

Penn Honors Martin Luther King Jr. With Annual Symposium Events

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During the 21st Annual MLK Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, Penn hosts nearly 30 events which are all free and open to the public.

The University of Pennsylvania will remember Martin Luther King Jr. with its 21st annual MLK Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, a series of nearly 30 community events, Jan. 18-Feb. 4.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751January 22, 2016

Penn Professor Robert Ghrist Brings Complicated Math to the Masses

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PIK Professor Robert Ghrist of Arts & Sciences and Engineering brings the complex field of algebraic topology to a level nearly anyone can understand.

It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the formula.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751January 6, 2016

Penn Professor Deborah Thomas Named Editor-in-Chief of ‘American Anthropologist’

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Deborah Thomas of Arts & Sciences was appointed editor-in-chief of the prestigious American Anthropologist for her innovative thoughts on how to advance the journal.

Deborah Thomas, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, has been named editor-in-chief of the American Anthropological Association’s flagship journal,

‘Having Hermione Look Like Me Is Amazing’

December 23, 2015

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the School of Arts & Sciences shares her thoughts on an African-American actress being cast as Hermione Granger in the upcoming Harry Potter production.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 4, 2016

Penn Professor Directs Documentary: ‘Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar’

When Peter Decherney led a team of filmmakers and scholars to Myanmar in 2014, he quickly realized that there was a compelling story to tell about the country’s vibrant and, until recently, government-censored movie-making industry.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751December 17, 2015

Penn Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Minorities Less Likely to Trust Physicians

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Abigail Sewell of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences found that minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos are less likely than whites to believe their physicians care about them.

When it comes to trust in their physicians, minority groups in the United States are less likely than white people to believe their doctors care about them, according to research by University of Pennsylvania’s Abigail Sewell.