Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Finding light in dark times

Professors Deven Patel and Steven Weitzman in the School of Arts & Sciences discuss why Diwali and Hanukkah, both festivals of lights, can act as symbols of hope.

Michele W. Berger

Violence and stigmatized heroes

The new SNF Paideia course taught by Tyson Smith looks at incarcerated veterans and their experiences to understand the intersection of the military, criminal justice, and health.

Kristen de Groot

In the News

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Want to help your kids achieve their potential? This expert has some advice

Adam Grant of the Wharton School offers advice for parents who want to help their children reach their full potential.



You can’t force holiday cheer—but three habits can help you feel happier this season

In his co-written book “Character Strengths and Virtues.” Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences defines gratitude as being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen and taking time to express thanks.


The Irish Times (Dublin)

North and South project aims to present unbiased information on unification question

Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts & Sciences helped design a questionnaire to study Irish and Northern Irish opinions of a possible future united country.



Kevin Hart shares his No. 1 ‘secret weapon’ for career success—it’s great advice, experts say

A 2015 study co-authored by researchers from Penn found that humor helps project confidence and competence when used tactfully.


Scripps News

Income program helps those formerly incarcerated stay out of prison

Next year Penn will release its findings on a guaranteed income program designed for the formerly incarcerated in Gainesville, Florida.