Penn Today's Office Hours

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Penn Today's "Office Hours" podcast explores the minds of the Penn's academic talents in a more unbuttoned and freewheeling setting outside of the lecture hall. Office Hours is produced by the Office of University Communications, University of Pennsylvania.


  • Understanding migration and art

    31/03/2022 Duração: 45min

    Joining for the conversation in this episode is Obed Arango, a lecturer of social work in the School of Social Policy and Practice and founder and executive director of the Centro De Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación (CCATE), as well as Shelley Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicography and a Wolf Humanities Center Graduate Fellow. In tandem with Wolf Humanities’ Forum on Migration, they discuss themes of assimilation in the United States, the experience of carrying multiple identities, and how the arts function as a means of expressing existence.

  • Understanding Climate Stories

    01/02/2022 Duração: 36min

    In this episode about climate stories and "climate grief," Jennifer Pinto-Martin of the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine, along with Bethany Wiggin of the School of Arts & Sciences and founding director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, explore ways in which the human narratives of climate change can be brought to the forefront.

  • Understanding Civic Engagement

    17/10/2021 Duração: 01h11s

    In this episode of Penn Today’s “Understand This …” podcast series, Herman Beavers of the School of Arts & Sciences and Glenn Bryan of the Office of Government and Community Affairs discuss the Year of Civic Engagement, outreach to the West Philadelphia community, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” as this year’s Reading Project selection, and the merits of jazz as a way to build bridges.

  • Understanding the Pandemic Classroom

    31/08/2021 Duração: 38min

    Caroline Watts, a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, and Philip Gressman, a professor of mathematics, join to talk about the fall 2021 return to the classroom. This episode is both a reflection on what students and educators have experienced in learning during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, plus an examination of how lessons from the pandemic can be applied to in-person classroom settings.

  • Understanding Imperialism

    14/04/2021 Duração: 41min

    In the latest episode of Penn Today's 'Understand This ...' podcast series, Assistant Professor of Political Science Dorothy Kronick and Assistant Professor of History Alex Chase-Levinson discuss the past and present of imperialism. Together, they tease out ways to interpret imperialism today, the legacy of imperial influence, and what new frontiers might be on the horizon.

  • Understanding Cross-cultural Communication

    26/01/2021 Duração: 51min

    In this episode, we explore the value of improving cross-cultural communication skills. Joining for the conversation is Mauro Guillén, professor of international management at the Wharton School and former director of the Lauder Institute, and Tomoko Takami, director of Penn’s Japanese Language Program in the School of Arts & Sciences. Together, they discuss the role of language in building empathy, how soft skills prepare students for a more automated workforce, and how cross-cultural understanding can improve business negotiations.

  • Understanding poverty and data

    29/10/2020 Duração: 55min

    Regina Smalls Baker, assistant professor of sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Amy Castro Baker, assistant professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and director of the new Center for Guaranteed Income Research, talk about the use of data to inform recent economic relief bills, data gaps in assessing who is experiencing poverty, and the feasibility of solutions like universal basic income in alleviating poverty. 

  • Understanding...Death

    18/09/2020 Duração: 57min

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, death has never been more top-of-mind during our lifetimes than it is now. Here, experts from Psychology and Religious Studies join to talk about how to cope with the idea of death and how past civilizations and cultures have examined this in religion. tu2a4cwWWbhc7WCKEsij

  • Robert Inman of the Wharton School and John Landis of the Weitzman School discuss infrastructure of the future.

    16/07/2020 Duração: 46min

    Robert Inman of the Wharton School and John Landis of the Weitzman School discuss infrastructure of the future.

  • Sigal Ben-Porath and Sophia Rosenfeld discuss shared facts in the age of "fake news" and social media

    06/03/2020 Duração: 45min

    The inaugural episode of "Understand This ..." features Sigal Ben-Porath from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Sophia Rosenfeld from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. Together, they discuss how a democratic society can agree on shared facts in the age of "fake news" and social media.

  • Office Hours Holiday Party

    20/12/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    In the spirit of holiday office parties, for the latest episode in the "Office Hours" podcast series Penn Today engages in conversation with returning guests Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, of the Graduate School of Education; "Mr. Fish" of the Annenberg School for Communication; and Julia Ticona, also of Annenberg. Closing out the year, the trio discusses holiday plans while reflecting on the year, and decade, that's been.

  • Office Hours: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw talks ‘30 Americans’

    19/11/2019 Duração: 47min

    In the latest episode of Penn Today's “Office Hours” podcast series, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, professor of the history of art in the School of Arts and Sciences, explains the event that shaped her career, the behind-the-scenes process of curating the new “30 Americans” exhibit at the Barnes Foundation that highlights contemporary art from influential African-American artists, and what her profession of choice might have been in a world where she didn’t end up as a scholar of art. 

  • Office Hours: Julia Ticona talks sociology and superpowers

    16/10/2019 Duração: 42min

    In the latest episode of 'Office Hours,' Assistant Professor of Communication Julia Ticona explains her research about the gig economy and chitchats about cooking, campus, and superpowers.

  • The Programming Ethos: A Penn Today Special Presentation

    19/09/2019 Duração: 42min

    In this Penn Today Special Presentation podcast, Michael Kearns, Aaron Roth, and Lisa Miracchi talk about fairness constraints put on algorithms, the perception of artificial intelligence as “value-neutral,” and the convergence of disciplines in trying to address outstanding questions about how to make algorithms more ethical.

  • Office Hours: Doug Jerolmack explores 'science of scenery,' describes life as a twin

    15/08/2019 Duração: 57min

    In the latest episode of Penn Today’s “Office Hours” podcast Doug Jerolmack, professor of Earth and Environmental Science with a secondary appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, discusses the “science of scenery.”  He talks rounded pebbles along riversides, studying sand movement even as it’s apparently undisturbed, and also teases out the dynamic with his twin brother, who also studies the environment, and the status of his wife’s West Philadelphia taco shop. 

  • Office Hours: Michael Horowitz talks Iran, why leaders go to war, and comic book movies

    15/07/2019 Duração: 38min

    Today we knock on the door of Michael Horowitz, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of Perry World House. Horowitz studies international relations, military politics and technology. Here he explains the fallout at the Iranian shoot down of a U.S. drone near the Strait of Hormuz in June. The unusual modern relationship between technology, the military and the markets as well as why he's a movies guy rather than a film guy.

  • Office Hours: Vijay Balasubramanian connects smells and memory, gushes over MacGyver

    12/06/2019 Duração: 48min

    Welcome to the “office hours” of Vijay Balasubramanian, professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Here, in the latest episode of the “Office Hours” podcast, which explores the minds of the University’s academic talents in a more unbuttoned and freewheeling setting outside of the lecture hall, Balasubramanian joins for a chat about the science behind smell and memory, the distinction between “cool” and “important,” and why MacGyver makes for such a moral character.

  • Office Hours: Ebony Elizabeth Thomas speaks on children's lit, 'The Dark Fantastic,' and pie

    15/05/2019 Duração: 36min

    Here, in the latest episode of the “Office Hours” podcast series produced by Penn Today, which explores the minds of the University’s academic talents in a more unbuttoned and freewheeling setting outside of the lecture hall, Thomas discusses growing up with limited children’s literature options, where young adult and children’s lit is going today, why she still hasn’t watched “The Wire,” and what she thinks is an overrated virtue. 

  • Office Hours: James Serpell, animal behaviorist, talks dog depression, confusing cats, and the parrot that catalyzed his career

    12/04/2019 Duração: 41min

    Today, we knock on the door of James Serpell, the Marie A. Moore Professor of Ethics & Animal Welfare at the School Veterinary Medicine and the Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals in Society. Serpell studies behavioral phenotypes of dogs and cats, a specialty study in the world of veterinary medicine as veterinary behavior itself is a rare expertise to have, with only about 70 veterinarians board certified in the specialty in the United States. Serpell works to broaden access to that well of knowledge while deepening our understanding of our companion's behaviors. Here, Serpell discusses the origins of his interest in animal behavior starting with a parrot and what he's working on right now; plus, his knack for cooking, an odd interaction during a behavior consult involving a dog and a TV, and why we can all stand to be a little less idealistic.

  • Office Hours: A post-Oscars chat with Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve

    18/03/2019 Duração: 39min

    Here, in the first episode of the “Office Hours” podcast--produced by Penn Today--senior lecturer Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve joins us for a look back on the 2019 Oscars, exploring what The Academy got right and wrong this year, and whether it's worth feeling bad for Bradley Cooper. Plus, gab about what she likes to munch on, reflection on her favorite movie (or movies), and some shout-outs to her favorite places on Penn's campus.