School of Arts & Sciences

Two Penn alumni named inaugural Samvid Scholars

Two 2019 graduates, Haley Morin and Debbie Rabinovich have been chosen for the inaugural class of 20 Samvid Scholars for their academic and leadership achievements and demonstrated drive to make positive changes in society. 

Aaron Olson

Colin Powell’s legacy

Historian Mary Frances Berry and Perry World House Visiting Fellow Alice Hunt Friend share thoughts on Powell’s impact on and off the battlefield.

Kristen de Groot

A pandemic year, in photos

‘Apart Together,’ a new photography exhibit at the Annenberg School, shows that despite not being physically in the same place the past 18 months, our shared experiences kept us connected.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

Understanding civic engagement

In the latest 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 civic engagement—and jazz.

Brandon Baker

In the News


Biden tackles supply-chain crisis with few tools, clock ticking

Steve Viscelli of the School of Arts & Sciences said the U.S. supply chain is built on unpaid labor by port truckers waiting to pick up cargo from shipping containers. “The port truck driver, for decades now, has basically been the slack adjuster in the whole system,” he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Guided mastery: The scaffolding you need to grow stronger

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the importance of imbuing young people with a sense of personal agency. “Don’t tell anyone they have complete control of their destiny. That’s not true,” she said. “And yet each of us, no matter our circumstances, has some control, particularly over our own thoughts and actions.”



Can China’s prosperity promise fix real problems?

Hanming Fang of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about China’s pension system, saying that because the plans are managed by local governments, the system is vulnerable to regional wage disparities.


The Conversation

The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

Melissa Wilde of the School of Arts & Sciences pinpoints moments when the Catholic Church changed course.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philadelphian Alain LeRoy Locke, the Father of the Harlem Renaissance, gets new historical marker in Philly

Dagmawi Woubshet of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the impact of “The New Negro,” an anthology edited by Alain LeRoy Locke at the onset of the Harlem Renaissance.