School of Arts & Sciences

Ancient medicine in today’s world

Taylor Dysart, a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of History and Sociology of Science, probes modern science’s enthrallment with the powerful Amazonian intoxicant ayahuasca.


Class of 2023 Ivy Day

For 150 years, Ivy Day has been an annual tradition at Penn, with each graduating class installing at least one new plaque, planting a sprig of ivy, and recognizing individual achievements.

Kristina García

In the News

Philadelphia Citizen

Cleaner streets are key to Philly’s success

Two studies by the Urban Health Lab at Penn found that gun violence dropped significantly in neighborhoods where vacant parcels were turned into regularly maintained green spaces.


The New York Times

What college students need is a taste of the monk’s life

Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts & Sciences is challenging his students to adopt monastic traditions in order to rethink the purpose of education.


France 24

Climate scientists flee Twitter as hostility surges following Musk’s takeover

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences believes that the rise in climate misinformation from trolls and bots is organized and orchestrated by opponents of climate reform.


This controversial sci-fi blockbuster about climate change still polarizes scientists today

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the film “The Day After Tomorrow” trivializes concerns about the climate crisis because it represents a caricature of the science.


Bharat Express (India)

U.S. navy steps up efforts to curb seizure of Iranian ships in Strait of Hormuz

John Ghazvinian of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the reality of a serious armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran is almost unthinkable for either nation.