School of Arts & Sciences

Iran protests, explained

Historian Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, an expert on modern Iran and gender in the School of Arts & Sciences, discusses what sparked the protests and why they’re important.

Kristen de Groot

Listen on repeat: Exploring medieval refrain songs

Music professor Mary Channen Caldwell brings together over 400 devotional Latin refrain songs from the Middle Ages in her new book, the first to explore the medieval refrain in song outside of vernacular contexts.


‘Paths to Freedom’: A new exhibit by John E. Dowell

In a new Arthur Ross Gallery exhibition, Philadelphia artist John E. Dowell imagines attempted escapes by enslaved ancestors through his photographs of North Carolina cotton fields at night. “Paths to Freedom” includes 26 artworks, an installation of fabric panels, and a soundscape.

Louisa Shepard

What beliefs shape our minds?

Jer Clifton of the Positive Psychology Center developed a framework to study primal world beliefs, our most fundamental sentiments about the world as a whole. Now, he’s ready for everyone to discover what their primal world beliefs are.

Marilyn Perkins

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

What we learned from Philadelphia’s vaccine lottery

In an op-ed, Katy Milkman and Linnea Gandhi of the Wharton School and Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences explain what policy answers they learned by developing the Philly Vax Sweepstakes, a citywide regret lottery.


U.S. News & World Report

Fears about WWIII are growing amid Russia-Ukraine war, survey finds

Rudra Sil and Kimberly St. Julian Varnon of the School of Arts & Sciences explain why surveys fearing a world war due to Russian provocation are no cause for panic.


The New York Times

The long road to driverless trucks

Steve Viscelli of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the complexities and uncertainties of the emerging self-driving truck industry.


USA Today

Climate change makes living at the coast riskier. But more people keep coming

Michael E. Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that people moving to the coast overlook increased flooding and storm risks at their peril.


USA Today

How protests in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death ‘forever moved the debate’ over women’s rights

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses Iran’s long history of mandating what women can wear and the power employed by its “morality police.”