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Catalonia Independence Vote

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Brendan O'Leary Professor of Political Science

 School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. O’Leary is the author or editor of numerous publications including, Divided Nations and European Integration and Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders. He can discuss the background to the current impasse and similar secessionist referendums that have occurred elsewhere. 


“This referendum is more like Kosovo’s than South Sudan’s, but it is also unlike both of them because it has not been preceded by violence, nor will it likely be followed by violence. It is a distinctive case in that the Constitutional Court has only itself to blame for its initial decision to block proposed amendments to Catalonia’s status. A critical component of Spain’s constitutional compromise after the death of Franco is now in ruins.”

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 21, 2013

Penn Students Travel the World to Research Alternative Currencies

There are about 4,000 alternative currencies in use around the world, and they vary widely. In Zimbabwe, a country with so much hyperinflation that it hasn’t had a national currency since 2009, people create colorful non-bank notes and barter for goods and services.

Video: Austerity Won’t Get Spain Out of Problem

November 26, 2012

Mauro Guillen of the Wharton School discusses Spain’s political and economic prospects.

Article Source: Business Week

In Spain, a Debt Crisis Built on Corporate Borrowing

May 9, 2012

Mauro Guillen of the Wharton School comments on the Spanish economy and companies’ debt.

Article Source: New York Times

Violencia estructural

March 8, 2012

Dean Richard Gelles of the School of Social Policy and Practice comments on violent parents in relation to martial status.

Article Source: Jotdown.es (Spain)
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Media Contact:Jacqueline Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 11, 2010

Nine Penn Students and Five Alumni Awarded Fulbright International Exchange Educational Scholarships

Nine University of Pennsylvania students and five Penn alumni have been awarded scholarships to participate in Fulbright international educational exchange program.  More than 1,500 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for one year of foreign study in one of 155 foreign countries, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Obama Encarga Estudiar Las Implicaciones Bioéticas del Hallazgo de Venter

May 21, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses Craig Venter and what his accomplishment means to science.

Article Source: El País (Spain)

Dos Matemáticos Solucionan la Ecuación de Boltzmann, un Problema de 140 Años

May 18, 2010

Philip Gressman and Robert Strain of the School of Arts and Sciences solve a 140-year-old math equation.

Article Source: ABC.es (Madrid)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 16, 2008

Public Invited to Penn Seminar on the State of Muslim Radicalization in Europe


Dr. Peter Neumann of King’s College London will discuss the European Commission-funded study, “Recruitment and Mobilization for the Islamist Militant Movement in Europe.” This study, and others, will form the basis for EU policy making in preventing violent radicalization. Based on secondary research as well as extensive fieldwork in Britain, France and Spain, the report provides the most comprehensive picture of the methods through which Islamist militants in Europe mobilize supporters and find new recruits.


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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4045
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2008

Penn Museum's 26th Annual Maya Weekend to Focus on "The Future of the Maya World"

PHILADELPHIA -– The preservation of ancient Maya sites, efforts to sustain modern Maya cultural traditions and the need to conserve vanishing tropical forests and coastal environments are all are on the agenda April 11-13 when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collaborates with the Nature Conservancy to present its 26th annual Maya Weekend. This year’s theme is “The Future of the Maya World.”