p 2 p 4 p 8 Race Public What’s for PennCurrent wrongs space dinner? News, Ideas and Conversations from the University of Pennsylvania September 17, 2009 Q&a Cynthia Connolly The politics of myth- By heatheR a. DavIS W debunking hen President Bill Clinton Historian on health care tried in 1993 to reform health care, Cynthia Con- nolly remembers thinking something was missing from the debate. By BRIaN M. SChleteR “No one was talking about how it was that we got to where we were,” Even before the 1,017-page America’s Affordable Health says Connolly, an associate professor Choices Act of 2009 was made public, the Internet was abuzz in Penn’s School of Nursing. “Why with rumors and misinformation about the landmark health did our health care system look the care reform legislation. way it did in the early 1990s? I thought To some observers, the health care debate is politics as we needed to be thinking more about usual. But for Brooks Jackson, director of FactCheck.org, a proj- how we got to where we were, not to ect of Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, it is a golden be hamstrung by history, but in order opportunity to increase public knowledge and understanding to be able to analyze why we made the of the facts. choices we did.” Jackson and a former CommuniCaTion A clinician and nurse practitioner CNN colleague launched by trade, Connolly was inspired to the popular political myth-debunking web site with little fan- explore the history of nursing and fare during the presidential race of 2004. But Vice President health care to better understand how Dick Cheney’s mention of the site during a televised debate to serve children and families today. thrust Jackson and his staff into the national spotlight. In her 2008 book, “Saving Sickly After a post-2008 election lull, the health care debate has Children: The Tuberculosis Preven- reignited interest in the site, and today it has 84,000 subscrib- torium in American Life, 1909-1970,” ers. More than 940,000 unique visitors are checking it each Connolly examined facilities that week. Few have likely read all 1,017 pages of H.R. 3200. But housed children at risk for devel- Jackson and his staff have. And they stand ready to sort out the oping what was once known as the fiction from fact to answer your questions. “White Plague.” These places, like the first one founded in 1909 by re- Q. How and when did the idea for the project come about? formers in New York City, may have A. It really goes back to my work at CNN in 1990 when I initially been a good idea, but they started there and got called in by the political director who often made assumptions about at-risk had developed some graphic techniques CNN wanted to use children based on race, class and eth- to go after false and misleading political ads. I was drafted nicity, Connolly says. to do that. After I left, I was invited by my colleague to the “If you think back to New York in Annenberg Public Policy Center to continue fact checking the early 20th century, it was teeming and watching political claims on the Internet and the result with new immigrants from Eastern is FactCheck.org, which has succeeded beyond any expectation Europe,” she says. “There were a lot either of us had at the time. It’s just really gratifying and a of concerns about the changing na- pleasant surprise to see how many ordinary voters use the tional character of the United States service. … I thought originally that it would be used by re- and unhealthy cultural practices. By porters and watched by political insiders and junkies. There’s 1900, the better nutrition and plumb- been some of that. But I don’t think we ever dreamed we’d ing that wealthier people could af- have so many visits to the site and so many subscribers. Candace diCarlo ford resulted in a dramatic decline in infectious diseases. TB became Q. Your mission is to “reduce the level of deception and ...Continued on page 6 ...Continued on page 7 Campus projects large and small By heatheR a. DavIS Building, Shoemaker Green and Hill Square College House. But there’s still plenty that’s new to see around campus. There are plenty of new faces around campus this fall—and Here are some of the projects that are near-completion and several new and refurbished buildings, as well. in the works for the fall and beyond. Penn construction crews have been busy these past few months putting the finishing touches on a campus building, Penn Park: This ambitious urban park, stretching along the completing renovations to two student dorms and preparing Schuylkill River from Walnut to South Street, will create new to kick off the first phase of Penn Park—a major campus de- athletic and public spaces. However, before the green vision velopment plan. is realized, Penn must finish demolishing the building cur- Construction on campus is, in fact, continuing despite the rently on that site, remove some old asphalt on the land and economic downturn, says Anne Papageorge, vice president of do some preliminary grading, according to Mike Dausch, ex- Facilities & Real Estate Services. ecutive director of design and construction in Facilities & Real “There are some projects that have been deferred. ... The Estate Services. The design team is finalizing the construction schools and centers basically have moved some projects a little documents, which will be put out to bid this fall. This project further out in their plans,” she says. “We, so far, are not see- is slated to take two years, and should be completed by 2011. ing a significant reduction in the annual capital plan, because there were a lot of things that were in the pipeline.” Annenberg Public Policy Center: If you’ve walked anywhere About one-third of the planned projects are dependent on near 36th Street and Locust Walk in the past two years, you donor funding. Papageorge says some of these projects don’t may have noticed a modern glass structure rising from the have a definitive timeline, and may be staggered to offset the ground. The Annenberg Public Policy Center, designed by sluggish economy, including the Neural-Behavorial Sciences Annenberg Public Policy Center ...Continued on page 3 Follow the Penn Current on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/PennCurrent. 2 September 17, 2009 PennCurrent BY THE NUMBERS: Who paints Penn’s legacy portraits in College Hall? Division of Public Safety Dear Benny, painting—and how they want to appear to “It’s really wonderful to see the gamut of How does Penn decide who paints the portraits of future generations of Penn students, faculty portraits,” says Jacovini. “There are so many Led by Vice Presi- University presidents and provosts? Is it up to the and staff. I like for different reasons. I think there’s a dent for Public President or Provost, or is there a committee who “There is great variation in the formal very nice portrait of [former Provost John] Safety Maureen selects a particular artist? Some portraits are ca- quality of the portrait, setting, choice of Ludlow.” Rush, Penn’s Di- sual, while others are more formal—who decides clothing,” says Jacovini. Some adminis- The portraits are part of the general vision of Public this? And are the portraits always painted at the trators choose to pose outside, while University art collection of more than 6,000 Safety ensures that end of the President’s or Provost’s career? others have paintings, graphics, photographs, sculptures, the nearly 125,000 —Pondering Portraits chosen an decorative objects and artifacts acquired aSK BEnnY people living, interior set- over the past 250 years. working, studying, Dear P. P., ting for their For more information, visit Penn’s visiting or strolling through Penn on any For help, we turned to Jackie Jacovini, cura- portrait. Art Collection website: http://sceti given day do so safety and securely. tor of Penn’s art collection. There are no re- The portraits are usu- .library.upenn.edu/PennArt/. In this edition of By The Numbers, we in- cords pertaining to the commission of these ally—though not always— troduce the people who work day in and day portraits prior to 1980, when her office was painted at the end of the out to keep the peace at Penn, and in the founded. subject’s career. GoT a QuESTion FoR BEnnY? surrounding community. But she was able to shed some light on the About 40 to 50 of the Send it via e-mail to current practice in recent decades. Since 1980, Uni- paintings hang in College @pobox.upenn.edu or via regular 1 Penn’s ranking for safety among uni- versity presidents and provosts have selected Hall, but a few others grace mail to the Current, 200 Sansom versities and colleges by Security the portrait artist of their choice. They also the walls in other University Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Magazine in 2007 and 2008. decide how they want to be portrayed in the buildings. Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106. 116 Number of members in the Penn Police Department, the largest private police department in Penn- sylvania and the second-largest in the na- Societal problems, personal solutions tion. By GReG JohNSoN acknowledges the problems that be- set black Americans today are “an 21 age required to become a Penn The law of remedies says that a person who outgrowth of a long history of dis- police officer. applicants must causes harm to another is obligated to repair criminatory treatment and enslave- any damage he or she inflicted. If a man ment.” But, she says, racism in 2009 also possess a high school diploma or GeD. steals from his brother, he has an obligation is surmountable, and dwelling on it (the Penn Police are currently hiring.) to replace what was stolen. If a woman wrecks doesn’t get society anywhere. her sister’s car, she is obligated to have it re- “There’s always going to be peo- 220,000-plus Number of calls annually processed directly paired. But, it is not always possible for the wrong- doer to remedy the situation. If a person is ple who are prejudiced and people who are biased,” she says. “There’s always going to be people who are by the PennComm Center, including calls for killed, for example, nothing will misogynist, or anti-Semites, or the Walking escort services. bring him or her back to life. If RESEaRCH like. I just think it’s not a super core someone loses the ability to walk, it part of ordinary life in most cases.” cannot necessarily be restored. And in some Wax says while evidence shows 70 Percentage of non-retail thefts at Penn attributed to unattended or improperly secured items. operation theft cases, only the victim can cure himself. In her new book, “Race, Wrongs, and that, in some limited respects, schools that are majority black are Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century,” educationally subpar to majority awareness is an educational campaign to Amy Wax, the Robert Mundheim Professor white schools, she believes the mea- inform all members of the Penn community of Law at Penn, attributes the law of remedies sured differences are “small and of about the dangers of leaving personal items to the issue of race, asserting that although uncertain or undocumented impor- unattended. white society is responsible for some of the tance to outcomes.” She says most ills plaguing the black community, most of schools are, more or less, medio- 500-plus Number of what ails black America today lies outside the cre and black students, for a multi- power of others to fix. It is, she says, up to tude of reasons, lag behind even in emergency African Americans to help themselves. schools that are racially integrated. phones on campus, including more than 300 A former assistant to the U.S. Solicitor Wax writes that the rhetorical Bluelight phones and more than 200 emer- General, Wax says she was compelled to write habit of characterizing African Americans as gency phones located in elevators. the book because so many discussions about Wax says most of what ails victims of poverty, crime, failing school sys- race are unproductive. Basing her conclu- tems and broken families ignores the truism black america today lies 24/7 hours per day and days per week that Walking es- corts are available, from 30th to 43rd streets sions on legal science and social studies, she hopes to move people to start thinking differ- ently about the role racism, discrimination, outside the power of that people largely create their own environ- ments. “These commonly identified condi- tions are not solely, or even predominately, and Market Street to Baltimore avenue. and societal obstacles play in black advance- others to fix. imposed from above,” she says. “Rather, they ment. are mostly the product of the actions and escorts are also available from 10 a.m. until Self-identified as a conservative, Wax is choices of participants.” 3 a.m. between 30th and 50th streets and aware that her book is controversial and that ing progress,” she says. “Black educational Wax says it is “literally impossible” for the Spring Garden Street to Woodland avenue some will reject its findings because of her underachievement is just now in a stagnant government, or outsiders, to remedy dysfunc- (215-898-WalK). political views. “People try to discredit your phase. We haven’t really made any significant tional behavior or to make good decisions for work because you’re conservative all the progress in the past 25, 30 years.” individuals. “These choices belong to persons, PennCurrent time, but I think that’s just a dodge and not Wax says her research has found that the families and the community itself,” she says. really confronting the arguments on their violent crime rate among blacks is seven or Not all African Americans are making merits,” she says. eight times that of whites. She says if issues re- poor choices, Wax says, but the number who Wax says the primary obstacles facing the garding the disintegration of the black fami- excel is not high enough. www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current African-American community include low ly, crime and education were to be addressed “If we’re demographers and we’re look- educational attainment, poor socialization by African Americans themselves, the results ing at the picture overall, we see some pretty Manager of Internal and work habits, criminality, paternal aban- would make “a hundred times more differ- disturbing patterns,” she says. “We have to Communications donment, family disarray and non-marital ence to the fate of black Americans than all face up to some of the gaps that are still Tanya BarrienTos childbearing. And, she says, the problems are of the hubbub about racism or whatever rac- there, and how we can fix them, and we have Managing editor only getting worse. ism is supposedly there.” to realize it’s come to a point where we can’t HeaTHer a. Davis “Certainly, the black family is not mak- Wax does not deny that racism exists. She fix them.” Staff Writer GreG JoHnson Designer QuoTED RECEnTLY anneTTe earlinG 200 Sansom Place East 3600 Chestnut Street “There is a sigh of relief that the virus hasn’t mutated. Fortunately, the swine flu that we’re Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org seeing still is a moderate disease that is behaving very much like ordinary seasonal influenza.” Penn Current is published biweekly from September through May and monthly in June and July by the Office of University Communications, University of Pennsylvania —Neil o. Fishman, an infectious-disease specialist at Penn, on how the new strain of swine flu is v.P. for Communications lori Doyle behaving like a seasonal flu and not the 1918 virus, the world’s deadliest epidemic. (The New York Distribution is free throughout the University. Times, Sept. 7, 2009) PennCurrent September 17, 2009 3 Facilities/From page 1 Tokyo architect Fumihiko Maki, is essentially STaFF Q&a complete, ready to house staff offices, as well as lecture and conference space. Crews are completing work on the plaza and stairs, upgrading them from concrete to granite. A formal opening ceremony is planned for Michele Grab, a former house Dean and academic Nov. 4. advisor in the College, is now working to recruit and Weiss Pavilion: The $26.9 million George A. Weiss Pavilion project is nearly halfway com- retain women in Penn’s School of engineering and pleted, and is on track to open in the spring of 2010. This project includes a revamping applied Science. of the north side of Franklin Field, adding a fitness center for general University use, re- tail space and an intercollegiate strength and weight training center for student athletes. sure everyone is on the Penn is also constructing retail shops along By MIKe UNGeR same page. I also work with the walkway level. some of the student organi- Since becoming the inaugural director of zations on campus. Music Building: This project, which Dausch Penn’s Advancing Women in Engineering says will be ready for students, faculty and staff by the start of the spring semester in Jan- Program two years ago, Michele Grab’s mission has been simple: recruit and re- Q How many students does it serve? uary 2010, updates the original music build- ing dating back to the early 1900s, and adds a brand-new expansion onto the east side. The tain female students in the School of En- gineering and Applied Science. Through dozens of initiatives geared A About 30 percent of our undergraduate population is women. That’s existing structure at 201 S. 34th St. has been toward potential and current women engi- about 500. At the graduate gutted, except for the floorboards. Every- neering students, the program steadily has level, it’s 26 or 27 percent. thing in the interior is being replaced—from been making a difference. The School’s We obviously don’t reach ev- Mark Stehle the plumbing to wall partitions, says Dausch. Class of 2013 is 37 percent female—its ery student every year. Last Currently, crews are working to install drywall highest percentage ever. year we did 45 programs in the building. “It’s an exciting time for engineering,” over the course of the year. Benjamin Franklin Walkway: This newly re- says Grab, who was a journalism and Eng- lish major in college. “It’s certainly a ma- We try to mix it up and do different things, providing MICHELE GRAB furbished stretch of 37th Street between jor that, with everything that’s going on in opportunities for people Position: Director of the advancing Women Walnut and Spruce pays homage to Penn’s the economy, more people are thinking who want them. founder with handsome brick appointments about. The Dean always says, ‘It’s a great in engineering Program and famous Franklin quotes imbedded in the walkway. Trucks will no longer unload props time to be an engineer,’ and I think our students are doing pretty amazing things. Q Why do so few women become engineers? Time at Penn: 5 years and equipment for Annenberg Center per- formers between Walnut and Locust Walk, but instead will use the new Annenberg Pub- It’s really fun to watch. I hope that what we do makes that possible for a lot more women in particular.” A Women tend to skew more toward bio and chemical en- gineering, as do a lot of students, because in the area to come for the day and hear about what computer science is. That has lic Policy Center loading dock. The Current chatted with Grab to find that’s what they know in high school. been really successful, so we’ve decided out more about her job, the program, and That seems to more disproportionately that it can be more than a one-shot deal. Horticultural Center Complex: This Morris women in the field of engineering. affect women rather then men. Arboretum project is on schedule, with one of the buildings slated for completion in the Q Tell me about the Advancing Women The research says that the No. 1 indicator of whether anyone studies Q What’s your own academic background? spring of 2010. Presently, crews are in the process of installing the geothermal heating and cooling system, a component of this Plat- A in Engineering Program. On Oct. 1 it will be two years since we started. The program engineering is if they have a parent or family member who is an engineer, or if they have a really good math or science A I am not an engineer. I actually was a journalism and English ma- jor in college, and I have a master’s in inum Level LEED Certified project, which was funded by a mechanical engineering teacher who recognizes their talent and education. I worked at Carnegie Mellon meets the highest green building standards. alumna who gave us the funds to recruit suggests engineering to them. A lot of 17- University on gender-related programs. The building will also boast a green roof and and retain women in engineering. That is or 18-year-olds don’t know what engineer- I came to Penn five years ago as a House a water conservation system that captures our very broad charge. ing is. It’s one of the very few majors you Dean in Stouffer College House. I also and reuses rainwater. We do a number of different pro- have to decide on before you get here. was an academic advisor in the College of grams to recruit and retain students. We It’s a special kind of kid that makes that Arts and Sciences. Other campus refurbishments: Papageorge have outreach programs geared toward decision early on. says crews have completed renovations in half of Rodin College House, and all of Du Bois. Major work in Du Bois included replac- little kids. Penn GEMS is a weeklong middle school camp. They come to cam- pus and do different engineering labs. The second reason women tend to come to engineering is because of what they can do with it—the end goal. They Q What did your role as a House Dean entail? Did you enjoy working closely with students? ing single-pane windows with energy-efficient double-pane glass. Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice also boasts a new Locust The whole idea is to show them what en- gineering is like so hopefully they’ll want to study more math and science and get want to make prosthetic limbs or want to work on a water filtration system. Men tend to come to engineering because they like A You are in charge of the staff for the building. You do programs and events for the students. You do judicial Walk entrance for the Caster Building, and into engineering. We’d love it if they’d to take stuff apart and put it back together. sanctions when needed. You’re all things several labs in the Chemistry Building were come to Penn. They come to the end goal later on. to all people. With the students, you do improved to meet updated ventilation codes We’ve done things with the Girl If you liked to take toasters apart as a everything from scolding them to hold- and new design standards. Scouts, and we’ve gone to middle school 10-year-old, someone might say to you, ing their hands when they get hurt. career days. We also do things with stu- ‘Hey, you should be an engineer.’ Maybe I lived in the building. It’s a really nice In the pipeline: The next major building dents who are thinking about coming if you’re just good at math and science community of students committed to the project—aside from Penn Park—is the de- here. I will meet with them while they’re no one suggests that to you. house and passionate about participating molition of Pepper Hall at Penn Law School. on campus, thinking about whether they in programs. The students always made it This building is to be replaced with a new, taller, multi-purpose building with space for faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, should come to Penn. Our first big program of the year is a pre-orientation for Penn students. Ours Q What would you consider a success? If 50 percent of engineering students were women? interesting to live there. When a student is chatting with you in their pajamas at two in the morning, that’s a different research centers and student organizations. is for incoming women. This year we had 51 students who moved in four days early. They did everything from meeting with A If I had all the answers I could probably be a rich lady. Thirty per- cent is not a bad number; the national av- relationship than meeting with them in an office. Students feel comfortable shar- ing areas of their lives with you. It’s very professors, alums and current students, erage is 20 percent. But we could always unique and special. to getting to know each other. The idea do more. I don’t know what the magic being that we want to create a community among these women. number is. While 50 percent is nice, I don’t know that we’ll see that number. Q Are you a scientific or numbers per- son? We also do things throughout the year for our current students. Some of it is social. There are departments within Q The program just received a $15,000 grant from the National Center for A I could have never been an engi- neer. I am somewhat in awe of the students I work with. It’s just different engineering that have lots of women. Bio- Women & Information Technology. What will sides of the brain. In my job I think it’s engineering is nearly 50 percent women, that money be used for? important for me to understand what it is visit the “latest News” section of the Current website for whereas mechanical has 17 or 18 percent women. There’s a large disparity. A To do a program for guidance counselors and math teachers in high schools, helping them to be more they do, and the challenges they face, so I can be helpful to them. I spend a lot of time learning about the different majors timely news and feature stories about the Penn community: Q What is your role as its director? encouraging about computer science. For the last couple years, the Computer and curriculums. My boss always says if I don’t understand it, some 17-year-old kid www.upenn.edu/pennnews/ current/latestnews. A My role is to coordinate all the dif- ferent interests. It’s a faculty, staff and student initiative, so we want to make Science Department independently has sponsored Women in Computer Science Day. They’ve invited high school students is not going to understand it. It’s always an education for me to figure out what it is that all my students are studying. 4 September 17, 2009 PennCurrent What’sOn PeRFoRMaNCeS/leCtUReS/eveNtS BUTTERFLY EFFECT: In Magical Mi- grating Monarchs, habitat educator Judith levicoff acquaints patrons with the habits of butterflies and describes their migrating patterns. 1 to 3 p.m. at Morris arboretum, 100 e. Northwest- ern ave. Info: 215-247-5777 or www. morrisarboretum.org. $15; $12 for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 members. THuRSDaY, SEPT. 17 eXhIBItS FIlM FORMER YUGOSLAVIA: attend the eXhIBItS QUEEN OF SALSA: Film @ Interna- opening reception for “Political Speech THIRTYSOMETHING: view “Con- tional house presents Joe Cardona is Suprematism,” an architectural exhi- sequential,” an exhibition of works and Mario de varona’s “Celia, the bition about the changing history of the by more than 30 PennDesign faculty Queen.” this documentary pays trib- Meštrovi pavilion in Zagreb, Croatia, members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Charles ute to the work of salsa legend Celia and the cultural practices that it has addams Fine arts Gallery, 200 S. 36th Cruz. 7 p.m. at International house, inspired. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Slought St. Info: 215-898-8415 or email Pernot 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or Foundation, 4017 Walnut St. Info: 215- hudson at email@example.com. www.ihousephilly.org. Free admission I- 701-4627 or www.slought.org. exhibit exhibit runs through oct. 16. house members above Internationalist on display through Nov. 14. level; $5 Internationalists; $6 students BOOKMAN: attend the opening recep- and seniors; $30 general admission. SPoRtS tion for “Werner Pfeiffer (censor, villain, Proceeds benefit artistas y Musicos provocateur, experimenter): Book-objects latino americanos. FOOTBALL: Penn vs. villanova. 7 p.m. & artist Books.” this exhibition com- at Franklin Field. Info: www.pennathlet- ments on the place and role of the book MUSIC ics.com. in the 21st century. 5:30 p.m. at Kamin Gallery, 1st floor, van Pelt-Dietrich library MUSIC IS HIS FORTÉ: John Forté, MUSIC Center, 3420 Walnut St. Info: 800-390- a Grammy-nominated singer, song- 1829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. writer and producer, is a classically- JAZZMATAZZ: one of the world’s exhibit on display through Feb. 12. trained violinist who is known both foremost jazz vocalists, Jane Monheit for his work with the multi-platinum performs highlights from her newest group the Fugees and his solo ef- album, The Lovers, The Dreamers, and SPeCIal eveNtS BOTTOMS UP: the Philadelphia Mu- forts. 11 p.m. at World Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive. Me. 8 p.m. at Zellerbach theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-6701 or www. FORMER YUGOSLAVIA The architect ral arts Program and World Cafe live com. $13-$15. pennpresents.org. $20-$45. matism,” about the changing history of the Meštrovi pavilion in Zagreb, Croa present “a Philadelphia ale & arts ad- on Sept. 19. For more information, call 215-701-4627 or visit www.slought.o venture.” this event includes a trolley SaTuRDaY, SEPT. 19 SunDaY, SEPT. 20 tour of Philadelphia’s world-renowned murals and a visit to Philadelphia’s own SPeCIal eveNtS SPeCIal eveNtS MEN’S SOCCER: Penn vs. Navy. 2:30 Nathans, the Ronald S. lauder en- yards Brewing Company. 5 p.m. at p.m. at Rhodes Field. Info: www.pen- dowed term associate Professor of his- World Cafe live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: ROSH HASHANAH: Jewish New year. ROSH HASHANAH: Jewish New year. nathletics.com. tory at Penn, discusses “Soviet Rights- 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive. talk in the Post-Stalin era” as part of GO DOWN MOSES: attend the sym- com. $30. Must be 21 or older. HER MAJESTY’S ART: like the im- MUSIC the annenberg Seminar in history posium “ancient abydos: From egypt’s pressionist painters of the 19th century, Series. 4:30 p.m. in the history lounge, UNIVERSITY REVIEW: attend a launch First Pharaohs to its last Pyramid.” step into nature’s majesty and paint WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: earl Pick- College hall 209, levy Park. Info: Con- party for the Penn Review, a campus Speakers include David o’Connor, co- outdoors. artist allison Zito examines ens & Family perform their alt-country/ tact antonio Feros at 215-573-9241 or magazine publishing poetry, fiction and director of the Penn-yale-IFa expedi- the work of various artists for ideas acoustic interpretation of the classic email email@example.com. creative nonfiction. 7 p.m. at Kelly Writers tion to abydos. 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and inspiration. 1 to 3 p.m. at Morris U2 album The Joshua Tree. 8 p.m. at house, 3805 locust Walk. Info: 215-746- at Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: arboretum. Info: 215-247-5777 or www. World Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 or CIVIL SOCIETY: arye edrei, the Gruss PoeM or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 215-898-4001 or www.penn.museum. morrisarboretum.org. Members: $30; www.worldcafelive.com. $7. visiting Professor of talmudic Civil law advance registration: $15 general non-members: $35. at Penn law School, discusses “Defin- admission; $5 Museum members; free ing Community in an era of National- FRiDaY, SEPT. 18 monDaY, SEPT. 21 for aRCe-Pa members and PennCard SPoRtS ism: Who Is In and Who is out holders. at-the-door registration: $20 SPoRtS talKS in the eyes of the law?,” general admission; $10 Museum mem- WOMEN’S SOCCER: Penn vs. part of the Caroline FIELD HOCKEY: Penn vs. Cornell. 5 bers; $5 for aRCe- Pa members and Georgetown. Noon at Rhodes Field, MILES AHEAD: Miles P. Davenport, Zelaznik Gruss p.m. at Franklin Field, 33rd and South PennCard holders. University ave. at the Schuylkill River. an associate professor at the Centre and Joseph S. streets. Info: www.pennathletics.com. FoR the KIDS Info: www.pennathletics.com. for vascular Research at the University Gruss lec- of New South Wales, australia, dis- tures in cusses “D8 t cells in chronic viral in- fection” as part of the Penn Center for aIDS Research Seminar Series. Noon EDITOR’S PICK: Midas touch to 1 p.m. at BRB II/III, 421 Curie Blvd. Info: 215-573-7354 or email evelyn P. olivieri at email@example.com. edu. CASINO-FREE: For the Penn IUR talmudic Public Interest Series, Peter hendee Civil law. Brown discusses his book, “america’s 5:30 p.m. Waterfront Revival, Port authorities at Penn law School, 3400 Chestnut St., and Urban Redevelopment,” an ex- Silverman 245a. Info: Contact Gen- The Penn Museum exhibit, “His Golden Touch: The Gor- amination of the role of the nation’s evieve Cattanea at 215-898-9425 or dion Drawings of Piet de Jong,” pays tribute to the famous industrial-era port authorities in email firstname.lastname@example.org. Part II illustrator and his work at the historic Gordion site in cen- shaping today’s cities. 6 p.m. at Phila- of the lecture occurs on Sept. 29. tral Turkey. delphia Center for architecture, 1218 Gordion, one of the most important archaeological arch St. Info: email penniur@pobox. MAN OF WAR: Gari Carter’s sites in the Near East, was a major population center in upenn.edu. book,“troubled State: Civil War the first half of the first millennium BCE. Its fabled King Journals of Franklin archibald Dick,” Midas, in myth cursed with donkey ears and the “golden depicts the recently discovered Civil TuESDaY, SEPT. 22 touch,” was actually a real-life figure. It was here too that War journals of the 1842 Penn alum- Alexander the Great was said to have cut the famous Gord- SPeCIal eveNtS nus who acted as advisor for lincoln, ian Knot. Grant and other important Civil War De Jong spent the summer of 1957 working at Gordion EARLY DETECTION: Pennsylvania political figures. 6 to 7 p.m. at Penn at the invitation of excavation director Rodney Young, and hospital is offering free prostate can- Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: created a series of watercolors reconstructing wall paint- cer screenings for men between the 215-898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/ ings from a previously uncovered “Painted House,” ca. 500 ages of 40 and 75. Screenings consist bookstore. BCE. of a digital rectal examination and More than 35 of de Jong’s original watercolors and sev- prostate-specific antigen blood test. 4 ReaDINGS eral drawings form the core of the exhibit. It also includes to 7 p.m. at Joan Karnell Cancer Cen- ter, Farm Journal Building, 2nd Floor, BOOK OF RHYMES: a poetry read- his artistic tools, a small selection of objects from the Penn 230 West Washington Square. Info: ing by Kathleen Fraser. her 16 books Museum’s excavations at Gordion, along with reproduc- of poems include “Discreet Categories to make a reservation, call 800-789- tions of several artifacts from tombs at the site and excerpts Forced Into Coupling,” and the col- PeNN. appointments are necessary. from two rare color films made at the site in the 1950s. laged text, “hi dde violeth i dde violet.” The exhibit is on display from Sept. 26 through Jan. talKS 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers house. Info: 10, 2010. For more information, call 215-898-4001 or visit 215-746-PoeM or email wh@writing. www.penn.museum. BEN IN COLLEGE HALL: Benjamin upenn.edu. PennCurrent September 17, 2009 5 HER STORY: In conjunction with the WEST PHILLY 101: In conjunction exhibit, “West Philadelphia: Building a FoR the KIDS with the exhibit, “West Philadelphia: SPoRtS Community,” Kim Sajet, president and DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: the Building a Community,” Walter licht, a FIELD HOCKEY: Penn vs. lafayette. Ceo of the historical Society of Penn- Dream Jam Band is a group of multi- Penn history professor, and Mark lloyd, 7:15 p.m. at Franklin Field. Info: www. sylvania, discusses “lights & Shades: talented musicians and songwriters director of the University archives and pennathletics.com. William Birch’s legacy to David Ken- who came together to make great mu- Records Center at Penn, discuss the nedy.” 6 p.m. at the historical Society sic for children. their eponymous de- West Philadelphia Community history of Pennsylvania, 1300 locust St. Info: Center. 5:30 p.m. at arthur Ross Gallery, THuRSDaY, oCT. 1 but album garnered immediate heavy 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or airplay on children’s music shows www.upenn.edu/ARG. talKS throughout the country. 11:30 a.m. at CAPITALIZED MEDICINE: Sabrina World Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 HISTORY BUFF: the applebaum McCormick, formally the Robert Wood or www.worldcafelive.com. adults: THE COBB REPORT: at the lecture, Publishers and editors Series presents Johnson health and Society Scholar at $10; children 1-12: $7; free for children “there Goes the Neighborhood: a “a Conversation With editor lewis Penn, discusses her book, “No Family under 1. Muslim Castle in an age of Crusades,” lapham,” the founder and editor of history,” which presents the unknown Paul M. Cobb, associate professor of Lapham’s Quarterly, a newly launched, side of the breast cancer debate, aim- Islamic history in the Department of Near ing to show how profits drive our public SPeCIal eveNtS eastern languages and Civilizations at award-winning journal of history and ideas. 6 p.m. at Writers house. Info: focus on the cure rather than prevention. TURKEY DAY: at “World Culture Day: Penn, explores how one medieval Mus- 215-746-PoeM or email wh@writing. 6 to 7 p.m. at Penn Bookstore. Info: 215- turkish Delight!,” visitors are invited to lim family responded to the crusades and upenn.edu. 898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore. celebrate the opening of “his Golden adapted to the changing currents of their day. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Penn Museum. Info: touch: the Gordion Drawings of Piet MUSIC SPoRtS de Jong,” with a wider look at the cul- 215-898-4001 or www.penn.museum. ture of turkey. 1 to 4 p.m. at Penn Mu- CALL TYRONE: tyrone Wells has de- FIELD HOCKEY: Penn vs. villanova. seum. Info: 215-898-4001 or www.penn. INVASION OF THE PRIVACY livered an epic pop-rock album with his 7:15 p.m. at Franklin Field. Info: www. museum. Free with Museum admission SNATCHERS: In his newest book, second major label effort, Remain. Pur- pennathletics.com. donation. “New New Media,” Paul levinson suing a more collaborative process and details the benefits, opportunities and having added a more lush production dangers of current media outlets—such THuRSDaY, SEPT. 24 MUSIC to his singer–songwriter roots, Wells as twitter, youtube and Facebook— has produced an album that serves as a eXhIBItS STRAIGHT A’S: abby ahmad’s mu- and their cultural effects. 7:30 to 8:30 great showcase for his voice. 7:30 p.m. sic is as passionate as it is profound. p.m. at Penn Bookstore. Info: 215-898- at World Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 DIEZ AñOS: la Casa latina, the Cen- Bridging genres of folk-rock, blues and 7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore. or www.worldcafelive.com. $17. ter for hispanic excellence at Penn, alternative, her percussive guitar style celebrates its 10th anniversary with a and arresting vocals captivate and chal- ReaDINGS photo exhibit highlighting a decade of lenge her audiences. 8 p.m. at World THE HOFF: a poetry reading by Daniel tell us serving Penn’s latino Students. 5 to 9 Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 or www. p.m. at Claudia Cohen hall, 249 South worldcafelive.com. $6. hoffman, who taught at Penn for 26 tural exhibit “Political Speech is Supre- years, heading the Writing Program What’sOn 36th St. Info: 215-746-6045 or www. atia, opens at the Slought Foundation vpul.upenn.edu/lacasa. and giving seminars in modern poets SunDaY, SEPT. 27 org. and american literature. 6 p.m. at Kelly talKS MUSIC Writers house. Info: 215-746-PoeM or If you have an event that may be email email@example.com. of interest to the University of GUODIAN TRIP: Penn alumnus Ken Pennsylvania community, we want SPeCIal eveNtS WORLD CAFE UNPLUGGED: the holloway discusses his book, “Guodian: quartet oNe is influenced by the classi- SPeCIal eveNtS to hear about it. Send your the Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese cal and folk traditions of India, and fea- announcements to: NATURE IN MY BACKYARD: “Back- Religious and Political Philosophy.” the tures sitar, sarod, tabla, guitar, djembe, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS: Former yard ecology: discovery of the “Guo- Philadelphia-based artist Michael Bell- What’s on dumbek, kanjira and drumkit. 6 p.m. at dian” texts, Smith returns to host the annual open the Penn Current World Cafe live. Info: 215-222-1400 or 200 Sansom Place east together www.worldcafelive.com. $13. video Call, an evening of work by area art- 3600 Chestnut Street with ists and filmmakers juried by local curators. Philadelphia, Pa 19104-6106 Finalists are announced and will have their monDaY, SEPT. 28 work exhibited during the winter 2010 or e-mail them to exhibition program. 7 p.m. at Institute of firstname.lastname@example.org SPeCIal eveNtS Contemporary art, 118 S. 36th St. Info: . 18 Deadline is two weeks prior to EPT 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. Y, S YOM KIPPUR: Day of atonement. issue date. IDA FR N O other recently dis- TuESDaY, SEPT. 29 T SE covered Warring States manuscripts, has talKS UN audu- revolutionized the study of early Chinese TS bon orienta- SA intellectual history. 6 to 7 p.m. at Penn CIVIL SOCIETY: See tuesday, Sept. GIN tion” explores the Bookstore. Info: 215-898-7595 or www. 22. today: Part II begins at 5:30 p.m. deep-rooted relation- BE upenn.edu/bookstore. at Penn law School, Silverman 245a. ships of soil, plants and AH Info: Contact Genevieve Cattanea at AN wildlife, and explains how to FRiDaY, SEPT. 25 215-898-9425 or email gcattane@law. SH reintroduce natural systems upenn.edu. HA onto private property. 7 to 9 S SPeCIal eveNtS H RO p.m. at Morris arboretum. Info: 22 BLOCKS: In conjunction with the 215-247-5777 or www.morrisar- NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Children exhibit, “West Philadelphia: Building boretum.org. Members: $25; non- ages 6 to 12 and their parents/chaperones a Community,” Penn alumnus Robert members: $30. can take an overnight “expedition” at “40 Skaler discusses his book, “Images of Winks with the Sphinx.” the night’s activi- america, West Philadelphia: University WEDnESDaY, SEPT. 23 ties are geared to take intrepid explorers City to 52nd Street.” 6 to 7 p.m. at on a journey through time and across con- Penn Bookstore. Info: 215-898-7595 or talKS tinents. 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. at Penn Museum. www.upenn.edu/bookstore. Info: 215-898-4001 or www.penn.museum. QUOTE UNQUOTE: For the 60-Sec- $50 per person (adults and children); $45 ROGER & US: Roger Cohen, an op-ed ond lecture, angela Duckworth, an as- for Museum members. columnist for The New York Times, dis- sistant professor of psychology at Penn, cusses the Iran elections with Firoozeh discusses “Why achievement Isn’t ‘Nor- SPoRtS Kashani-Sabet, an associate professor mal.’” 11:55 a.m. at Stiteler Plaza, 37th of history at Penn, and Monroe Price, St. and locust Walk. Info: 215-898-5262 SPRINT FOOTBALL: Penn vs. Prince- director of the Center for Global Com- or www.sas.upenn.edu. ton. 7 p.m. at Franklin Field. Info: www. munication Studies at the annenberg pennathletics.com. School for Communication. 7 p.m. at JOHN THE GENERAL COUNSEL: aRCh Crest auditorium, 3601 locust Penn law alumnus John Peter Suarez, MUSIC Walk. Info: 215-898-6335 or www.mec. senior vice president and general coun- sas.upenn.edu. sel of Wal-Mart, speaks at a law and JORDAN RULES: though perhaps entrepreneurship lecture. 4 to 7 p.m. at best known as an actress on the hit tv Penn law School, S245a. Info: 215-573- series “law & order” and “Crossing WEDnESDaY, SEPT. 30 8151 or www.law.upenn.edu. Jordan,” Jill hennessy began her ca- reer as a musician. Inspired by personal talKS GAME POINT: For the Penn humani- experiences, the songs on Ghost In My TICK TOCK: For the 60-Second lec- ties Forum on Connections, Michael Head are direct, honest and spectral. 8 ture, Philippe Bourgois, the Richard Kearns, a computer scientist and expert p.m. at World Cafe live. Info: 215-222- Perry University Professor of anthropol- CAPITALIZED MEDICINE on machine learning and game theory 1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $13. ogy and Family Medicine and Commu- at Penn, discusses “Social Networks nity health at Penn, discusses “anthro- and Strategic Behavior.” 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Penn Museum, harrison auditorium. SaTuRDaY, SEPT. 26 pology and Globalization: an Urgent Sabrina McCormick discusses her book “No Family History” on Sept. 23 at 7 Challenge and Responsibility.” 11:55 Info: 215-573-8280 or www.humanities. eXhIBItS a.m. at Stiteler Plaza. Info: 215-898-5262 p.m. at the Penn Bookstore. For more information, call 215-898-7595 or visit sas.upenn.edu. www.upenn.edu/bookstore. or www.sas.upenn.edu. MIDAS TOUCH: See “editor’s Pick.” 6 September 17, 2009 PennCurrent Q&a/CYnTHia ConnoLLY Continued from page 1 “how do we decide ... what’s in the best interest of children?” defined as a disease of dirt and bad hygiene.” desperately tried to get it. There were pro- Her current project focuses on the his- posals in the Nixon administration that tory of children and pharmaceuticals, par- would certainly today be considered left ticularly after World War II. Presently, she of where President Obama is. And when is studying the history of pharmaceutical you look through a lot of the arguments advertising to women and children—from against them, sometimes the language is the opium-laced “soothing syrups” popular different because it’s in a 1930s syntax, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but the arguments so often are the same. to today’s direct-to-consumer marketing of That is, fear of government intrusion into specific drugs. our lives and fear of socialism that will Connolly sat down with the Current to result in lack of choice. discuss her research, her experience work- I do feel as though we are closer than ing on Capitol Hill for the late Sen. Paul we were in the Clinton administration to Wellstone (D-MN) and the recent health making something happen, and I do be- care debate. lieve there will be some change. Q Not too many faculty members have Capitol Hill experience on their resu- més. How did you end up working for the late Q As a pediatric nurse practitioner, how do you see kids’ needs factoring in the health care debate? Sen. Wellstone? A I’d love to tell you that they called A There are many children who have no health insurance or are under- Candace diCarlo me, but that would be a complete insured. A question that is at the heart of lie! I was doing my post-doc at Columbia, my research is: How do we decide as an at the School of Public Health, and my American society what’s in the best inter- original plan had been to continue my est of children? That’s an important ques- research and take some policy courses, tion to ask because most policy is driven and I got there and I thought, ‘You know by, or at least acknowledges, historical what, I’ve taken so many courses in my precedent. Aid to families with dependent 20th century, although the institutions were urged to give them for everything life, what I really need to do is go take a children, or welfare, wasn’t invented in were flawed, they made a lot of sense. from teething or getting the kid to sleep policy clinical.’ Before I could lose my 1935. It was built on local and statewide There was no cure for TB. There were a at night so the mother could work outside nerve, I wrote a letter to the senator I programs that evolved in the 1910s and lot of infected people. the home, or in a crowded tenement and most admired, Paul Wellstone of Min- 1920s called Mothers Pensions for De- The advent of antibiotics happened the baby was screaming and driving your nesota. Basically what I said is, I’d really serving Women. The formulas and the during the 1940s, but many of these insti- neighbors crazy. like to come down and trade my labor set of principles that underpinned those tutions struggled to stay open in the 40s, By the late 19th century, physicians working on whatever you think would be programs were really lifted into the Social 50s and 60s and at that point, they were, I and nurses were taking the lead against useful to your office. Security Act. We tend to incrementally argue, acting in their own best interests. these substances. The legislation that led Although I didn’t have Capitol Hill modify programs, looking back at what The whole story captivated me because to the FDA surrounded these opium-laced experience, I had lots of experience as a we’ve done in the past for ideas for what parents were really pressured to give their syrups, because until 1906, you didn’t clinician and as a historian, so I could talk we should do in the future. kids over to these institutions. When you have to say what was in your product. about health care today and in the 21st tell someone they’re being selfish, and century as well as in the 19th and 20th. It was just so much fun. I went every- Q Talk a bit about your 2008 book, “Saving Sickly Children,” which not doing right by their child, people will pretty much do anything. Q How were these drugs marketed to parents, and specifically, mothers? where it said ‘Staff Only’ because I knew this would be my only opportunity. illuminated the history of the tuberculosis preventorium. Q You’re involved in a project exploring A From my limited research thus far, you find very little marketed to fa- Q What did you learn while working on Capitol Hill? A A test [to determine if children had TB] really set in motion the idea that poor children were more at risk, par- how pharmaceuticals have shaped pe- diatric medicine and practice over the years. Can you talk about advertising pharmaceuti- thers. Most of the marketing is to mothers and it’s freighted in language like, ‘Why would you not want your child to not A It’s a place steeped in history. You walk around the Capitol, the Sen- ate buildings, you feel as though you’re ticularly children who lived in crowded quarters who didn’t get enough to eat, and that it would be important to get chil- cals to mothers? A The advertising piece intrigued me because the FDA in 2007 and 2008 scream while teething?’ We as a society haven’t traditionally talked about what makes a good father versus a bad father, in a living museum, but it is also the most dren out to the country, away from the had a series of hearings about over-the- whereas being a good mother has a moral ahistorical place I have ever seen. When source of infection. counter use of cough and cold syrups and aspect, and engaging in certain practices people thought historically, they really There was a conflation with the early ended up recommending them, saying and not engaging in other practices. thought about the previous Congress. 20th century Americanization move- they should be used very cautiously in As a nurse, I am a historian and re- searcher. I was able to bring a real world perspective to the debate that I was told ment. What those reformers thought was, in addition to having [the children] outside, we’ll have them eat roast beef children under the age of 6 and not at all in children under the age of 2. These were drugs that had been marketed for Q Have children always been medicat- ed? It seems as though there’s growing concern about how children today are given was really valued. and potatoes and not Polish sausage and years, and people were panicked and an- too many medications. That has made me passionate that we need more nurses on Capitol Hill. We need more health care providers of all pasta. We’ll teach them how to set a nice table. We’ll certainly teach them how to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and the im- gry. When the media discussed the issue, it was all about the greedy drug compa- nies, and incompetent, bungling federal A There have been some studies lately talking about the growing use of pharmaceuticals in children and kinds, and that’s something that I hope to portance of being a good American and regulators, helicopter parents, and physi- is that a bad thing or a good thing, and do over the course of my career. it was hoped that kids would stay and get cians and nurses who were just interested the issue is presented as a new problem. healthy and go back to their homes and in medicalizing childhood. Historically, kids have always been medi- Q What do you make of the current health care debate? be these little missionaries and reform their families. I thought it would be interesting to look at it taking a long view. In 1951, all cated. Back in classical antiquity, there are substances being given to children, A I have been very discouraged over the course of the past month. When you look back, there was an at- Q Did preventoriums work? drugs were cleaved into prescription and non-prescription. From the 1950s to the 1990s, most drug company advertise- and certainly reading childrearing texts and medical texts from the 18th century you will see widespread use of medica- tempt to do government-sponsored health insurance, at least at the local level, in New York State in 1917, and as part of A There’s no way to really know that because some of the children never went on to have TB, but would they have ments were to the physicians, but before that and since then, most advertising was to the consumer. tions in kids. It has been the case for years. But there is an escalating use of psychotropic the Social Security Act. FDR really wanted gotten TB anyway? We don’t know. In my Soothing syrups were opiate-laced syr- drugs in children and I do plan on ex- it, and in the late 1940s Harry Truman book, I say that in the early decades of the ups first imported from England. Parents ploring that further. PennCurrent September 17, 2009 7 Politics/From page 1 confusion in U.S. politics.” That sounds like quite a daunting task. PENNPIX A. Well, there are seven people including myself. … We’ve expanded the offerings on the web site quite a bit since 2004. Initially we started with two, so that was tough; it was like living over the store. Since then we’ve added a feature called “Ask FactCheck.” We Big picture got so many questions from people—partic- Yuliya Bilan, a junior in the School of Nursing, peruses ularly about these bogus e-mails people love the poster sale outside the Penn Bookstore. to forward. We now have the “FactCheck Wire” which is a venue for shorter items, more like a blog. We’ve got an educational offshoot—FactCheckEd.org. After the last election, we discovered that about 10 per- cent of users who responded to our survey were teachers. A lot of them were using this stuff in class—a whole audience I hadn’t set out to target found us. We try to help teach- ers help kids learn to do this stuff on their own and not be so easily fooled by all the deception they’re subjected to. Q. Are you finding that a lot of nonpolitical people are tuning in? A. Absolutely. The initial surprise to me back in 2004 was how many ordinary citi- zens were interested and really hungry for this type of information, which they were not getting from mainstream news outlets. The mainstream news media organiza- tions need to do this sort of thing. They ought to be ashamed that we even exist. Mark Stehle Why should it be the job of an Ivy League think tank to do this kind of stuff? This is what people really should expect from their local news outlet, which has vastly more money and staff power than we do. Why does the First Amendment exist if A. I think we can claim some credit for signal to the rest of the news business that what we can to get down to bedrock and they’re not going to exercise it by expos- inspiring a little boom in this sort of stuff. there ought to be more of this. I think the find out what the real facts are. It’s just ing false political claims when people try PolitiFact.com, which is a project of the St. trend is in the right direction. basic reporting. For example, when [for- to fool the public? Petersburg Times, quite openly cited us as mer Lieutenant Governor of New York] their inspiration when they started up two Q. How do you get your arms around an issue Betsy McCaughey first claimed there was Q. How has the economic downturn and down- years ago. This year they won the Pulitzer as big as healthcare reform? rationing of health care in the stimulus sizing of major news outlets helped feed the Prize for Enterprise Reporting. ... We take A. We always start with the claims—the bill ... you read what she said, you call her growth of alternative news and information web a parental pride in that. It shows this type ones we’re hearing the most and the ones up, and you ask her, ‘What section of the sites and blogs like FactCheck.org? of reporting is valued ... and I hope this is a we’re getting asked about the most. We do bill are you talking about, because we can’t find it?’ … So you find out what claims people are making. What’s their basis for it? And are they right? Did this thing they FOR THE RECORD: “the Penn Graduate” quote their opponent as saying—did they actually say that? Is that all they said? Was the quote taken out of context? Is there any dispute over what was said? Is there a recording so we can see which conflicting version is right? Q. Are you ever able to get to the bottom of who is sending out these chain emails? Released in 1967, Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” A. No, I wish I could, but there’s no way is consistently ranked as one of the best films of all anybody’s ever found to trace one of these time. It’s also one of the highest grossing movies chain emails upstream to find who origi- ever, when adjusted for inflation. nated it. They tend to evolve as they get Starring Dustin Hoffman as recent college passed from hand to hand and people add graduate Benjamin Braddock and Anne Bancroft their own observations. … The only case I as the seductive Mrs. Robinson, the film garnered know of where we actually found somebody seven Academy Award nominations, including Best who admitted authorship is that Photoshop Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Actress (Ban- job of Sarah Palin in an American flag bi- croft) and Best Director, which Nichols won. kini holding an air rifle. Just because that Less known is “The Penn Graduate,” a comic one was so funny and an obvious (forgery), strip parody of the film created by former Penn someone finally claimed credit for it and student Jerry Lukas. we were able to do an interview with them. In Lukas’ version, which ran in an April 1968 edition of the Daily Pennsylvanian, Hoffman’s Ben- jamin character is renamed “Pennjamin,” and is a student angling to beat the draft and avoid being about Brooks Jackson sent to Vietnam. Mrs. Robinson is replaced with Dean Robbinson Brooks Jackson covered Washington [sic], dean of the College for Women, who wants and national politics for 34 years, re- to stop any potential “Rowbottoms.” A Rowbottom porting for the associated Press, The was an “unpredictable and sometimes unfortunate Wall Street Journal and CNN. at CNN outlet for youthful energies” that also served as a he pioneered the “adwatch” and “fact- rallying call for mass student disturbances. Pennja- check” form of stories debunking false min has planned a Rowbottom, but Dean Robbin- and misleading political statements son finds out about it and confronts him. Unless he starting with the presidential elec- stops it, she warns that she will see that Pennjamin is drafted. tion of 1992. he is the author of three Guest stars in the comic include caricatures of books: “honest Graft: Big Money and Simon & Garfunkel, President Lyndon Johnson, the american Political Process;” “Bro- Philadelphia Mayor James Tate (called “Mayor ken Promise: Why the Federal election Dictate”) and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. Commission Failed;” and “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinforma- For more information about historical events at Penn, vis- tion” with Kathleen hall Jamieson. it the University Archives at www.archives.upenn.edu. 8 September 17, 2009 PennCurrent Who’s Coming to NEWS BRIEFS News you can use Dinner? By GReG JohNSoN WHAT: “Who’s Coming to Dinner?: Cooking for Different THE FUTURE? PLASTICS Audiences” is an exhibit on display at the Rosenwald Gallery, 6th floor, Van-Pelt Dietrich Library Center, through Dec. 18. the nearly 2,500 seniors at Penn’s 2010 Commence- WHY: The exhibit displays artifacts from the Rare Book & ment will be wearing caps and gowns Manuscript Library’s Chef Fritz Blank Culinary Archive and made of post-consumer recycled plastic Library, the Esther B. Aresty bottles. Collection of Rare Books on ouT anD aBouT the Culinary Arts, and the the fabric will be spun from molten Laurie Burrows Grad Cook- plastic pellets, with an average of 23 bot- book Collection. Lynne Far- tles needed to make each gown. Recycled rington, curator of printed plastic bottles are already used to make books at the RB&M Library, sweatshirts and other clothing that is virtu- says the exhibition explores ally indistinguishable in color, fit and feel “the interaction between from traditional polyester material. For cookbooks and their uses.” every gown purchased by Penn, the gown manufacturer will also make a contribution RESTAURANT ROW: Be- to a Penn environmental group, the Uni- fore retiring to Thailand in 2007, Fritz Blank was the chef and owner of Deux Cheminées versity’s Green Fund. in Center City. He also taught non-credit cooking classes at Penn through the College of Liberal and Professional Stud- ies. Upon his retirement, he donated his 10,000-piece cookery and book collection to the University. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Co-curators Caitlin Ander- a minute of your time Vet’s Marshak Dairy, located at the New Bolton Center in Ken- nett Square, Pa. Built in 1996, the greenhouse dairy was the son, the printed book assistant, and Catherine Turcich-Kealey, The 60-Second Lectures are back. first of its kind, and uses natural lighting and excellent venti- the exhibitions assistant, divided the show into different cat- The events feature faculty from the School of Arts and lation within the barn to provide a healthy environment for egories, with something for everyone. Sciences talking about politics, poetry and everything in be- the cows. tween—for just a minute. Remaining talks this month include Each cow produces about 70 lbs. of milk per day; the entire SMÖRGÅSBORD: The case titled “Invalids/Dieters/Vegetar- Angela Duckworth, assistant professor of psychology on Sept. herd produces about 1,500 lbs. This milk is sold and marketed ians” includes the book “Cooking for Life: A Guide to Nu- 23, talking about “Why Achievement Isn’t ‘Normal,’” and through Land-O-Lakes Dairy Cooperative, but about 400 gal- trition and Food Safety for the HIV-Positive Community,” by Philippe Bourgois, a PIK professor of anthropology and family lons will be diverted to Kilby Cream, a Rising Sun, Md.-based Robert H. Lehmann. The case titled “Adventurous Eating,” medicine on Sept. 30, discussing “Anthropology and Global- creamery, that will turn the milk into the delicious dessert. showcases recipes for Mealworm Spaghetti and Hushed Pup- ization: An Urgent Challenge and Responsibility.” Look for the ice cream at Penn dining halls and the new pies (made with actual dog, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions All talks take place on Stiteler Plaza, located at Locust Hershey Ice Cream store in 1920 Commons. and celery). Cooking for “A Crowd” contains a Pennsylvania Walk and 37th St. (rain location is the Houston Hall Read- Department of Corrections Weekly Menu and the U.S. Army’s “Manual for Army Bakers” and “Manuel for Army Cooks.” ing Room) at 11:55 a.m. For more information, and to watch past 60-Second Lectures, go to: www.sas.upenn.edu/home/news/ Be inspired sixtysec_lectures.html. The University City neighborhood boasts some beautiful old OLD & NEW: Farrington says the exhibit shows the wide houses—and some gorgeous gardens. To range of ways in which cooking collections can be perceived. “Sometimes you get a sense that things aren’t so different now We all scream for ice honor some of the best green thumbs in the than they used to be,” she says. cream area, the University City District and UC CARRY OUT: Turcich-Kealey hopes people who visit the Starting this fall, when craving a sweet Green are seeking exhibit write down the recipes and try them at home. “It’s treat, people can opt for a Penn- nominations for something that’s interactive on some level because you can go themed, locally produced the fifth annual home and make use of the exhibit yourself,” she says. ice cream. University City Gar- “The Quaker dening and Beautifi- KITCHEN TABLE: Andrea Gottschalk, exhibitions coordina- Crunch”—vanilla cation Awards. The tor & designer at the RB&M Library, says cookbooks from ice cream with 2009 awards will different eras offer researchers a unique perspective on the red and blue M honor nominees kitchen and family. “I just think it adds a dimension to the lives & M’s—will be for outstanding ex- that we maybe don’t always think about,” she says. served by Bon amples of creative Appetit at Penn gardening. RETURN OF THE CHEF: Blank returns to Penn for Home- Dining, starting coming Weekend and hosts “Ask the Chef” on Nov. 6, where this month. The People can nomi- he will answer questions on cuisine, collecting cookbooks and milk used to produce nate a public space, running a restaurant. the ice cream comes front or private yard, from the Holstein dairy public landscape, tree SECONDS: For more information, call 800-390-1829. herd housed at Penn planting project or block im- provement. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 25. Visit the UCD site at www.ucityphila.org and The obesity culture search for “Inspirational Gardens.” Obesity is such a grave problem in the United States that the Centers for Disease take back the night Control and Prevention says American society has become ‘obesogenic,’ charac- With the support of the Trustees’ Council of Penn terized by environments that promote increased food intake, unhealthy foods Women, the Division of Public Safety is offering free and physical inactivity. Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes to all Uni- In their new book, “The Obesity Culture: Strategies for Change, Public Health versity women. and University-Community Partnerships,” Francis The RAD System is a course that includes aware- aHEaD oF THE CuRREnT Johnston, an emeritus professor of anthropology ness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and at Penn, and Ira Harkavy, director of Penn’s Netter includes basic defense training. Classes are held on events in the weeks Center for Community Partnerships, say that the Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 massive increase of obesity in America over the last p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and to come 100 years has been the “greatest public health failure Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Courses are of the past century.” The co-authors discuss the book taught by certified RAD instructors. Oct. 6 at the Penn Bookstore. While not a martial arts program, the system of Johnston and Harkavy say top-down health and diet-centered prescriptions realistic defense provides women with the knowl- have proven unsuccessful in combating the obesity epidemic. Obesity, they say, edge to make an educated decision about resistance. is a complex public health problem that will only be solved with new approaches Classes are held at the Division of Public Safety, 4040 rooted in community partnerships. Chestnut St. Additional classes will be held in Octo- The event takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 215-898- ber and November. For more information, contact xxx 7595 or go to www.upenn.edu/bookstore. Penn Police Officer Stacey Livingston at 215-898- 3590 or email email@example.com.