School of Arts & Sciences

The future of conservatism

A one-of-a-kind political science course taught by Deirdre Martinez of the School of Arts & Sciences and Evan McMullin, a Penn alum who was running for the Senate during the class, took students through the past and present conservative movement.

Kristen de Groot

Cooking up something special

The Food Innovation Lab at Tangen Hall provides a space for student entrepreneurs with an appetite for experimentation and creativity.

Carter Johns

Beyond America’s racial fault line

Professor of practice Ben Jealous discussed race, politics, America’s long history of interracial collaboration, and his new book with Camille Z. Charles during a co-sponsored event at Kelly Writers House.

Kristina García

In the News

The New York Times

Meet the people working on getting us to hate each other less

Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that heightening a sense of American national identity can reduce polarization and partisanship between opposing political parties.


Philadelphia Inquirer

While the Kelces face off in the Super Bowl, local siblings are quietly competing all the time

College of Arts and Sciences fourth-year Autumn Leak from Saddle River, New Jersey, is noted for directly competing against her twin sister, Audrey Leak, in women’s volleyball.


Pennsylvania Capital Star

Why the debt ceiling fight is the GOP’s Groundhog Day

In an Op-Ed, Dick Polman of the School of Arts & Sciences says that conservative ideologues haven’t learned from past threats about raising the debt ceiling.


The Washington Post

Mississippi banned ‘Sesame Street’ for showing Black and white kids playing

According to Linda Simensky of the School of Arts & Sciences, there was a general feeling among 1960s TV executives that kids would watch anything that looked like it was for kids, leading them to not spend much money on programs.



Stressed by work? You can tap your own resilience

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses his new co-authored book, “TOMORROWMIND,” which shows how people can meet future challenges while thriving in the workplace.