Faculty Expertise

Agreeing to Disagree

A conversation with Penn State political science professor Christopher Beem, whose new book, The Seven Democratic Virtues: What You Can Do to Overcome Tribalism and Save Our Democracy, assesses the risks to American democracy and offers a practical guide for the sort of citizenship that can help sustain it.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

The Movement Continues

The mass protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have been hailed by many as the start of a new civil rights movement. We asked faculty from Penn State’s African American Studies department for their perspective on the surge in awareness and activism, which they see as part of an ongoing process that began centuries ago and is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Savita Iyer

Practical Advice: Maura Shea

The Bellisario College professor recommends a selection of documentary films that offer insight on slavery, the civil rights movement, and the everyday Black experience.
Savita Iyer

Testing Time

Engineering professor Weihua Guan is working to develop a rapid test for asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.
Savita Iyer

Kind Hearts and Curious Minds

As Penn State’s first-ever professor of caring and compassion, Rob Roeser is tasked with designing classes that meld the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation with modern neuroscience. The goal is to help students become calmer and more focused—and ultimately, to be more engaged and caring citizens of the world.
Savita Iyer