Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Walt Whitman up close

As part of the Penn Manuscript Collective, students transcribe rare documents and original works by Walt Whitman in the University’s collection. Their discoveries will be included in an international symposium at Penn this spring, Whitman at 200, led by the Penn Libraries marking the anniversary of the poet’s birth.

Louisa Shepard

Writers House reborn

Renovations were recently completed at Kelly Writers House to expand its premier Arts Cafe and make the space more technologically friendly.

Greg Johnson

A classic hat trick

In one year, Sheila Murnaghan, Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, published a translation of Medea and books on the Beat generation and classics for children.

Penn Today Staff

By the Numbers: Pennovation Works’ ascendant 2018

In its second year, Pennovation Works, a strategic blend of offices, labs, and production space that pushes for the advancement of knowledge and economic development, continued to move the needle on activating its space as an innovation destination.

Brandon Baker

Stewards of the University collection

Planning chief and multiple alumnus Mark Kocent is named University Architect in the Division of Facilities and Real Estate.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Houston Chronicle

Houston police team up with Ring app to tackle crime

Maria Cuellar of the School of Arts and Sciences commented a partnership between the Houston Police Department and Ring, a home surveillance company that offers video doorbells, saying that there is not enough evidence to claim that the devices reduce crime.


The Atlantic

Bill de Blasio and Gavin Newsom may give restrictionism new life

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his research on the nationalization of U.S. politics, as published in his book The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized.


The Atlantic

How James Baldwin’s writings about love evolved

Dagmawi Woubshet of the School of Arts and Sciences analyzed James Baldwin’s literary evolution. If Beale Street Could Talk “marked a crucial turn in how the author sought to characterize the most abiding theme and moral principle of his work: love.”



Astronomers want to look for Planet X in Big Bang’s cosmic glow

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Eric Baxter, Bhuvnesh Jain, Cullen Blake, Gary Bernstein, and Mark Devlin co-authored a paper outlining ways to find undetected planets on the outskirts of our solar system.


CBS Philadelphia

Professional sports team wins create positive mood throughout the city, study finds

School of Arts and Sciences postdoc Johannes Eichstaedt co-authored a social media study that suggests an unexpected improvement in daily life, like an Eagles win, can alter a city’s mood. “Using artificial intelligence, we were able to extract information about the mood of the community as a whole from what those on Twitter say,” said Eichstaedt.