Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Picturing the future Lehigh Valley

Penn Praxis is a Design Partner with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, along with a team of Design Fellows, to design a 25-year plan for the region called Future LV for ecological health and quality of life in cities, towns, and undeveloped areas.

Penn Today Staff

A time-traveling Harriet Tubman, brought to life on stage

English faculty Lorene Cary’s first play features a time-traveling Harriet Tubman who toggles between her 19th-century life and a present-day Philadelphia prison where she recruits soldiers to fight with her in the Civil War. Playing to sold-out audiences, “My General Tubman” is on stage through mid-March at Arden Theatre Company.

Louisa Shepard

Fruit fly love songs

Yun Ding, assistant professor of biology, studies the courtship behavior of fruit flies to learn how genes and brains evolve to change animal behaviors.

What is your risk from smoking? Your network knows

A new study from researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication found that most people—smokers and nonsmokers alike—were nowhere near accurate in their answers to questions about the health effects of smoking.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The Washington Post

There’s no point in fighting

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts and Sciences said passing liberal legislation would still be difficult even if the Democrats were to take control of the U.S. Senate in the November elections. “They would be limited by their own most centrist members. Maybe they have 50 seats, but they’re only going to pass what their entire caucus votes for,” he said.


Christian Science Monitor

Hearing isn’t always believing with ‘mondegreens’

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences explained how expectations shape our comprehension of language.


Philadelphia Inquirer

How does the news really make us feel? This Penn expert looks at how it changes our habits

María Celeste Wagner, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about the media’s effects on the public’s feelings and sense of democracy since the 2016 presidential election.


The Economist

Brexit and Sinn Fein’s success boost talk of Irish unification

A book by Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited in an article about the possibility of Irish reunification.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Fear and the coronavirus

In response to fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, Sudeep Bhatia of the School of Arts and Sciences joined a conversation about how emotions can impede rationality.