Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

‘What can be done today?’

Senior Aminata Sy founded a program for Philly kids and will soon head to Congress to begin her Rangel Graduate Fellowship.

Susan Ahlborn

Senior pictures

Graduating senior and photographer Isabel Zapata captured 57 of her classmates in places of significance to create Torch Magazine. The publication features their reflections as well as her portraits.

Louisa Shepard

Photo finish

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


Philadelphia Inquirer

What you need to know about reparations after the first congressional hearing convened on the topic in more than a decade

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences said the contemporary descendants of the enslaved Africans who demanded, but did not receive, pensions at the turn of the 20th century should be compensated today. “We have a group of people who we can identify, the descendants of those who argued for reparations, who sent stuff to Congress while they were being under surveillance and whose leaders were put in prison.”

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The Washington Post

War with Iran is probably less likely than you think

Michael C. Horowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences writes about the likelihood of the United States engaging in war with Iran.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why so many older Americans rate their health as good or even excellent

Jason Schnittker of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about older adults’ positive perceptions of their own health. “Older people expect some deterioration in health and aren’t thrown off course in the same way when it occurs,” he explained.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

What the woods do for stressed students

Gregory T. Eells of Counseling and Psychological Services is quoted on his research on how nature can combat unhealthy stress.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Democracy and truth

Sophia Rosenfeld of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about her book, Democracy and Truth, and the democratic “argument about what is true” in an episode of “Radio Times.”

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