Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

A life of books

Books define the life of Peter Stallybrass, an English professor at Penn for the past 30 years. Starting as a child reading favorites with his family, and throughout his storied career, it is the book that has fascinated him more than anything else. 

Louisa Shepard , Louisa Shepard

Q&A with Barbie Zelizer

Members of the media are unable to do their jobs due to creeping authoritarianism or totalitarian rule. The Center for Media at Risk hopes to bring together scholars and journalists to strategize about what can be done to resist it.

Jacquie Posey

Musical magic

For 45 years, Penn Choral Director William Parberry has conducted thousands of Penn singers through hundreds of music scores, resulting in more than 270 concerts by his three ensembles. The University Choral Society’s performance on April 20, featuring Handel’s Messiah, will be his last before retirement.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

NBC News

What Is NATO? And What Do Trump and Russia Think About It?

Rebecca Lissner of Perry World House provided historical context for NATO’s continued value. In response to criticism of the alliance, Lissner proposed modernization over dissolution.


Philadelphia Inquirer

For This Penn Class That Studies Beyoncé, Beychella Was Like an Epic Final Exam

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed her seminar “Family Feuds: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Solange and the Meaning of American Music” and analyzed the viral Coachella performance’s commentary on Black womanhood.


Philadelphia Inquirer

WXPN's 'Kids Corner' Celebrates 30 Years of Creating a Radio Oasis For Philly's Children

World Café Live will be hosting an anniversary concert for Kids Corner this weekend, in celebration of three decades committed to amplifying young voices.


WBUR Radio (Boston)

After The U.S. Strikes Syria, What's Next

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Ian Lustick joined other foreign affairs experts to discuss possible consequences of the U.S. airstrikes on Syria.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Moving Drama of Former Slaves Makes Its World Premier at the Black Rep

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Heather Andrea Williams’ nonfiction history “Help Me to Find My People” has been adapted for the stage by playwright Nikkole Salter. The play, “Torn Asunder,” is being performed by the St. Louis Black Repertory.