From the inception of the Urban Studies Program at Penn, connecting theory and practice has been one of our guiding principles. In this spirit, we launched the Gordon Fellowship, with funding from alum Jacques Gordon and his family.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Felipe Gorostiza, a valued and long-time member of the Urban Studies faculty. Felipe succumbed to Covid-19 virus on April 15, 2020.
Read Paul Farber's (URBS '05 & lecturer of Mapping Philadelphia course) book A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall.
Big congratulations to Urbs senior Piotr Wojcik (pictured right), on being named a 2019-2020 Dean’s Scholar.
Read Paul Farber's (URBS '05 and lecturer of Mapping Philadelphia course) opinion piece in the Inquirer, on the Frank Rizzo statue and the power of public monuments:
Congratulations to Jessica Lim (URBS '18), whose senior seminar and honors paper assessed Penn’s support for its ABCS courses, in light of the call for the university to commit to PILOTs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) to the city.
Jack Park (URBS '15) is featured in a People Magazine article, sharing advice on how to start the conversation and provide support when someone you know may be depressed.
Jack we are proud of your continued work on this important topic:
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) recently published a report recommending policies to amend financial stress experienced by Philadelphia families.
Diana Simpson (URBS '19) is cited on the title page for her research assistance: Good work Diana!
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A new photo essay, "It's about Racism and Greed" by Julia McWilliams, Amy Bach, and Elaine Simon takes on school closings in Philadelphia.