February 1, 2013 |
A battle over University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann's commitment to diversity has been playing out on the pages of the student newspaper this week. In a letter to The Daily Pennsylvanian published Wednesday, a group of senior faculty in the Africana Studies department blasted Gutmann for failing to add leaders of color to her administration, while she has touted diversity as an initiative. Their letter was prompted by Gutmann's decision earlier this month to appoint Steven J. Fluharty, who is white and had been senior vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology, psychology and neuroscience, as the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The composition of President Obama's second-term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president's team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama's inner circle. Solis, a former California congresswoman and one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the Cabinet, said she was departing after leading the department during the economic storms of the first term. She was the nation's first Hispanic labor secretary.
January 4, 2013 |
A LOT of people in this city understand that embracing diversity isn't just about sensitivity. It's about survival. In a conversation I had with Mayor Nutter in May, he said that if Philadelphia wants to thrive, it needs to embrace its changing demographics. That includes an increasing number of new immigrants who are buying homes, opening businesses and in 2010 were a huge part of Philadelphia's first population increase in decades. The city gets it. So why don't the Mummers?
January 3, 2013 |
New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. Yet the Legislature's black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than 50 groups, including teachers' unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other nominee, Robert Hanna, who is white, primarily because they would not make the court more diverse - and specifically, because they're not African American or Latino.
December 16, 2012 |
Magic realism has never gone out of fashion in literature, but it hasn't had much of a presence in art since the late 1950s, when informed art-world tastes turned to bolder, bigger, less-allusive art. Over the last decade, though, the psychologically complex, dreamy paintings of Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Tooker, Dorothea Tanning, Ivan Albright, and others have found an appreciative audience in artists who've grown up with books and movies (and...
November 29, 2012 |
One is a Colombian-born lawyer and judge, another the first Latina named to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, and the third a veteran municipal lawyer who is now president judge of Berks County Court. This diverse trio of jurists - U.S. Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, Common Pleas Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, and Berks President Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl - were nominated Tuesday by President Obama to three federal judgeships in Philadelphia. All three, if confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate, will hold lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
November 9, 2012 |
The political law of gravity suggests President Obama should not have been able to survive a weak economy and an impassioned opposition - or, at least, that it should have been tougher for him to do so. Whatever the strengths of Obama's own campaign strategy, it turns out that his victory over Mitt Romney on Tuesday also threw a spotlight on a worrisome reality for Republicans: The party looks increasingly out of step with a changing American electorate....
October 25, 2012 |
It was an unfortunate incident, but one that propelled artist Michelle Ortiz into a career as a muralist dedicated to social change: Ortiz was a teenager, one of the few Latinas in her private high school. Fresh from art class, she went to the school store to look for a gift for her sister. The teacher in charge told her to stop handling the goods. "She told me, 'Don't touch that because your hands are dirty,' " Ortiz recalled of the conversation in 1996. Ortiz looked at her hands, puzzled.
October 12, 2012
IN 1982, DURING my senior year at Bryn Mawr, I applied to law school. Given that my recently deceased father had been a proud graduate of Temple, I naturally applied to his alma mater. To make a long story short, I didn't get in. No tears, because I ended up at my first choice, Villanova. But to this day, something about Temple's application process bothers me. Back then, the school had a program called SPACE, which was designed to promote "diversity. " Of course, race was one of the factors, if not the primary factor, used to measure "diversity.