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Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology

Congratulations to Tara Dawson McGuinness (URBS '00) on the publication of her latest book, a blueprint for how governments and nonprofits can harness the power of digital technology to help solve 21st century problems:


Black and Brown People on Shark Tank

DesignPhiladelphia's festival returns this fall with a timely public art installation by artist and writer Angbeen Saleem ( URBS ‘12), an interactive work based on her poem, “Black and Brown People on Shark Tank.” On view at Cherry Street Pier from October 6-17.


2021 Gordon Fellows

This summer's cohort of Urban Studies Gordon Fellows continued in the shared goal of taking urban theory into the real world, participating in summer internships and organizing community events for their fellow Urbies.

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Political Empathy: Perspectives from Psychology and Urban Studies

Check out the Paideia program's recent episode of their PARK podcast, featuring Marisa Denker’s Urban Studies course, Participatory Cities:


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The danger of America’s forgotten battle with asbestos

Congratulations to Urbie Alisa Ghura on her Brookings Institution blog post:




Penn’s first Black newspaper EIC on racism in media

We are so proud of URBS senior Hadriana Lowernkron for her WHYY Opinion Piece!


Photo Essays in Gender, Sex & Urban Life

In Spring 2021, the students in URBS 277/GSWS 277: Gender, Sex, and Urban Life completed a photo essay assignment.

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The Histories We're Given

See the Omnia write up about Melina Lawrence's (URBS & ARCH '21) excellent senior thesis work comparing two Philly statues, the Frank Rizzo and Octavius Catto memorials.

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Paul Farber Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Well done Paul for winning a G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Award, in the category of distinguished undergraduate teaching, 2021.


Congratulations Urban Studies Thouron Scholar

Big congrats to Carson Eckhard, who has won a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom!