School of Arts & Sciences

Keeping rain out of the drain

From cisterns beneath Shoemaker Green to the green roof on New College House, special features of campus buildings and landscapes are helping manage stormwater to keep rain from the sewer lines, and scholars are using the infrastructure as a research opportunity.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

Democracy and truth

Sophia Rosenfeld of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about her book, Democracy and Truth, and the democratic “argument about what is true” in an episode of “Radio Times.”


Associated Press

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences urged U.S. Catholic bishops to require that suspicions of sexual abuse be reported to police. The new third-party hotline proposed by the church does not explicitly require interaction with law enforcement.



Upgrade your memory with a surgically implanted chip

Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed his contributions to the development of an implantable prosthetic memory aid. “Just like meteorologists predict the weather by putting sensors in the environment that measure humidity and wind speed and temperature, we put sensors in the brain and measure electrical signals,” Kahana said. If it doesn’t detect enough brain activity, the device then provides a small zap to trigger memory formation.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Sex abuse crisis the focus as U.S. Catholic bishops convene

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences said an increase in statue-of-limitation revisions for survivors of child abuse reflects “the dawning reality for many Americans—including lawmakers—that bishops cannot and will not solve this problem themselves.”


The Atlantic

The epic political battle over the legacy of the suffragettes

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the suffrage movement and the problematic nature of framing the Nineteenth Amendment as an inevitable progression toward justice. Doing so, says Teele, feeds “into this idea that if only all of these excluded, downtrodden, marginalized groups could wait their turn or bide their time, then, miraculously, this change they’ve been waiting for will just appear.”