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My Take: Five Women in Religion to Watch

March 5, 2012

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for her work as a religion scholar.

Article Source: CNN
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Media Contact:Tom Stanley | tstan@upenn.edu | 215-898-4045 March 6, 2012

Penn Museum Presents Hello India!

The rich culture, history, and intrigue of India take the spotlight at Penn Museum Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with Hello India! This special celebration of the vibrant nation welcomes children and families for an afternoon of classical dance performances and workshops, lively music, spicy Indian food, and an assortment of arts and crafts activities for all ages. Hello India! is FREE with Museum admission ($10 general admission; $7, seniors and military; $6, children 6-17 and students with ID; free for children under 6).

They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve

February 27, 2012

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on a variety of speaking trends and what it means that young women are leading the curve.

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: New Research Shows Infants Understand Simple Language Before Babbling

February 21, 2012

Dan Swingley and doctoral student Elika Bergelson of the School of Arts and Sciences discuss their research about language acquisition by infants.

Finally, Penn Names W.E.B. Du Bois Honorary Professor

February 17, 2012

Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on Penn’s naming W.E.B. Du Bois an honorary professor.

‘Linsanity’ Is Contender for Word of Year Dialect Society Says

February 17, 2012

Victor Mair of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on words created around NBA player Jeremy Lin’s last name.

Article Source: Bloomberg

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Profound Cultural Influence

During his lifetime, W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, author, public intellectual, and civil rights activist. Today, Du Bois is widely considered one of the most important scholars of his generation, who still influences researchers, according to Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 7, 2012

Penn’s Law and Brain Student Group Mines the Intersection of Neuroscience, Society and the Courts

PHILADELPHIA Neuroscience, with its brain scans and complex molecular pathways, may seem to have little in common with the law — except perhaps a penchant for obscure Latin phrases.

Severe Conservatism Syndrome

February 12, 2012

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on usual uses of the word “severely.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 13, 2012

Penn Conference Marks Honorary Professorship for W.E.B. Du Bois

PHILADELPHIA – The posthumous recognition of W.E.B. Du Bois as Honorary Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will be celebrated at a Feb. 17 conference by the Department of Sociology and the Center for Africana Studies.  The conference will coincide with the date the Penn Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the appointment.