Deadly Images

January 6, 2011

Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication is interviewed about her new book, About To Die: How News Images Move the Public.

Article Source: Slate

Erasing the N-Word in Huck Finn Erases History

January 6, 2011

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on a new version of the novel that omits the racial slur.

Cooking Up Change at the Charles R. Drew Public School

January 6, 2011

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy and Practice shares his perspective on removing the word from future reprints of the historic novel.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Videos Clear Up the Often-Mangled ‘Phulluhphya’ Accent

January 5, 2011

William Labov of the School of Arts and Sciences, author of the Atlas of North American English, remarks on the videomaker’s Philadelphia dialect sound changes.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Penn’s Year of Water springs from Climate Action Plan

Water flows all around us. It makes up about 60 percent of our bodies. We need to drink it to survive. We need it, too, to keep our living spaces clean and to carry away our waste. Globally, sources of clean water are drying up, and what society must do to conserve and preserve this resource serves as Penn’s academic theme for 2010-11. Organizers of the Year of Water had only to look to the University’s own sustainability commitment for inspiration.

Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center Dedication

Penn's Morris Arboretum recently dedicated its new $13 million Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm on October 5, 2010 with Penn President Amy Gutmann, Penn Board of Trustees Chair David L. Cohen, Philanthropist Dorrance Hamilton, Advisory Board Chair Ann Reed, and Arboretum Director Paul Meyer attending the rainy day ceremony.

Ivy Day and Ivy Stones, a Penn Tradition

Steeped in tradition and cemented in the walls of buildings all over campus, Ivy Day stones are permanent reminders of Penn alumni and eras gone by.

The first stone was unveiled 137 years ago by the Class of 1873 to commemorate Penn's move from Center City to its new West Philadelphia campus and to mark the opening of College Hall. The class held a small ivy-planting ceremony at graduation and decided to place a marble slab shaped like a shield and inscribed with the words: "Ivy planted by the class of '73 June 7, 1873," on the north side of College Hall.

Penn's Stepping Up

In grateful recognition of the 103,000 donors who "stepped up" in support of Penn's Making History campaign in 2009 and 2010, the student a cappella group known as the Penny Loafers created a musical tribute to the University, starring a cast of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.


Kelly Writers House Celebrates 15 Years of Success

Fifteen years ago a band of forward-thinkers believed there should be a place on campus where people could gather to appreciate, create, study and participate in every aspect of the writing process. The place, they believed, should exist outside the conventional classroom, be open to everyone in the community and be run by those who would use it.

That vision became the Kelly Writers House (KWH) at 3805 Locust Walk, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Oct. 30.

Penn Spectrum: Celebrating Diverse Alumni

Penn alumni from all walks of life returned to campus the first weekend in October for Penn Spectrum, the University's first-ever weekend-long alumni conference celebrating diversity and community.

The event, sponsored by the Office of the President and Penn Alumni Relations, focused on issues of interest to Asians, African Americans, Latinos, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Native American people.