Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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Graduating senior Wilson Fisher will use a Fulbright Award to study photographers and other artists in Ukraine.

Louisa Shepard

Echo chambers may not be as dangerous as you think

Research on the “wisdom of crowds” has found that access to information exchange can increase the likelihood that beliefs are accurate, even contentious partisan political beliefs, among homogenous groups.

Penn Today Staff

A sense of place on shifting shores

Roderick Coover, whose work merges cinema, science, and history, is the 2019 Mellon Artist-in-Residence for the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH). His recent film “Toxi-City: A Climate Change Narrative” screened at PPEH’s “Teaching and Learning with Rising Waters” event.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

“All Things Considered,” National Public Radio

In 'Ladysitting,' Lorene Cary chronicles the end of her grandmother's life

Lorene Cary of the School of Arts and Sciences was interviewed about her new memoir, which documents the year she spent caring for her grandmother.


The Washington Post

Economists conducted a $5 million experiment to (literally) shed light on crime

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts and Science co-led a study that found installing bright lights near public-housing developments in New York City reduced nighttime crime by as much as a 59%, the equivalent to a 10% increase in police presence. The results suggest that improved living conditions may more effectively reduce crime than increased policing.


The Atlantic

If you fear the deep state, history explains why

A recent poll found that “three-quarters of Americans believed that unelected government and military officials secretly control policy decisions in Washington.” John Gans of the Perry World House sees these beliefs as concerning evidence of “collapsing trust” in the U.S. government.


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Urban League annual report addresses voting rights, suppression

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences commented on the Urban League’s report on voting rights, cosigning their recommendation of passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would counteract strict voter-ID laws. She also expressed doubt that the Electoral College would be abolished any time soon.



Want to change the world? Get immersed in something that matters

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences was interviewed on the “From the Dorm Room to the Board Room” podcast about her career journey.