Ancient history and modern politics are inextricable for C. Brian Rose, who has co-directed excavations at Troy, on the northwest coast of Turkey, since 1988, and Penn’s massive Gordion project in central Turkey since 2007.
Martha Farah can still remember the smell of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City’s Central Park: “I used to save up my allowance so I could take science classes there. I practically lived in the place.” For Farah, whose parents were both in the arts, wanting to become a scientist was a form of rebellion.
“In America, every child is told he or she can grow up to be president," says Annette Lareau. "But success is not a result of confidence and aspirations alone.” Americans, more than any other population, believe this narrative—but research suggests a disconnect between this perception and reality.
When graduation time rolled around, Josephine Shin, C’01, started getting a lot of advice—not all of it good. “Everyone told me how women’s studies majors don’t generally put in for finance jobs,” says Shin. “But instead of limiting my options, it’s what made me stand out.”