Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Online Debate Among Legal Scholars Produces Book

PHILADELPHIA –- The legal-education book, “Criminal Law Conversations,” is now available after an innovative year-long cyberspace debate among the world’s leading criminal-law scholars about modern criminal law.

Jeanne Leong

Social Moms Make Better Moms, at Least in Baboons, According to Penn and UCLA Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Female baboons who have strong social relationships with other females give birth to offspring who are much more likely to survive to adulthood than baboons reared by less social mothers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and others.

Jordan Reese

In the News

The Wall Street Journal

Behind the scenes of Netflix’s call to alter ‘13 Reasons Why’ episode

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School of Communication spoke about Netflix’s decision to edit out a graphic suicide scene from one of its original programs. “The way they did it on television in that episode seems to have hit a nerve,” he said. “Once it becomes pictorialized, it takes on a new level of scrutiny and concern.”



‘Can we change social norms?’

Cristina Bicchieri of the School of Arts and Sciences joins a philosophical discussion about the possibility of changing social norms.


Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?

Anjan Chatterjee of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the tourist appeal of photogenic sites like Antelope Canyon. “There is a beauty to the space, but it is also overwhelming in the sense that you feel small and insignificant, and almost associated with some anxiety. There’s something about being forced to look upward that seems to convey both elevation and a sense of your own smallness.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Disney cast the Little Mermaid as a black woman. Why that unnerved some is the same reason others rejoiced

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the Graduate School of Education discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”


WBUR Radio (Boston)

Employers want to do more with less. Where does that leave expertise?

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about grit and other non-IQ competencies achieved through hard work over sustained periods of time.