Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Penn Libraries Receive Chaim Potok Papers

 PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania is now home to papers documenting the life and literary career of novelist, rabbi and professor Chaim Potok.

Jeanne Leong, Joe Zucca

Penn Awarded Funding for Critical Zone Observatory Project

PHILADELPHIA –- Environmentalists from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a $4.35 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Critical Zone Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Jordan Reese

Penn Grad Sarah-Jane Littleford Named Rhodes Scholar

 PHILADELPHIA –- Sarah-Jane Littleford, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University in England. Littleford, who is from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars selected from that country. She learned of the honor today after an interview with the selection committee.

Julie McWilliams

In the News

NBC Philadelphia

‘Reassurance that future is better’: What Americans want from leaders

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about U.S. politics and economics. Americans are looking to political leaders for “reassurance that the future will be better than the present,” he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Is the word ‘picnic’ racist? How to deal with questions about language right now

Nicole Holliday of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about avoiding offensive nomenclature. “The default should be whatever that person wants to be called,” she said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Frustration and misunderstanding: For deaf folks, masking can cause communication barriers

Jami Fisher of the School of Arts & Sciences weighed in on how face masks can make communication difficult for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. “ASL (and other sign languages) rely on facial cues and other non-manual features to convey grammatical information as well as emotive expression,” she said. “With much of the face covered, this information is lost, as is a lot of the meaning.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

What will sex, dating, and marriage look like on the other side of the pandemic?

Frank Furstenburg of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the pandemic’s impact on families and relationships. “I would be very surprised if we don’t see a sharp drop in fertility, and similarly a considerable decrease in cohabitation because the ability to experiment and form relationships has been severely curtailed,” he said.


Psychology Today

Why being fun, authentic, and a realist is a winning triad

Research about self-motivation by Katie S. Mehr, Amanda E. Geiser, and Katherine L. Milkman of the Wharton School and Angela L. Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited.