Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

James Martin to Deliver Penn’s 2011 Baccalaureate Address

PHILADELPHIA — The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, author and culture editor of America, a national Catholic magazine, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania’s 2011 Baccalaureate ceremonies on Sunday, May 15, in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.

Jill DiSanto-Haines

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond speaks for Year of Water on April 6

As parts of Africa suffer continued drought and Japan tries to recover from one of the worst earthquakes and tsunamis in recorded history, scholar-author Jared Diamond will give the Penn community insight into water’s impact on society at a public talk on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.

Julie McWilliams

Theory, citizenship and the body

Disabilities studies may be the next academic frontier. This rapidly emerging field is inherently interdisciplinary and touches on ideas as wide-ranging as the boundaries of freedom, differences between chronic illness and disabilities and—at a basic level—what it means to be a “typical” human being.

Heather A. Davis

Can science predict criminal behavior?

A century-and-a-half ago, a tape measure was an even more useful tool than it is now: You could use it to predict who was going to commit a crime.

Evan Lerner

Student Spotlight with Yali Derman

CARRY ON: Yali Derman, 20, is a sophomore in Penn’s School of Nursing and a handbag designer. She’s also a two-time cancer survivor, beating leukemia at ages 5 and 9 and receiving a bone marrow transplant from her brother, Benji, at age 9.

Heather A. Davis

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Almost 500 people dead: Philadelphia is about to set a grim record for homicides

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the rise in gun violence that accompanied the pandemic. “So many things changed at the same time, and that means that it’s very hard to disentangle what the drivers are,” he said. “I don’t know that we ever fully will.”


The Guardian

‘Indentured servitude’: Low pay and grueling conditions fueling U.S. truck driver shortage

Steve Viscelli of the School of Arts & Sciences said the trucking industry has been relying on newly recruited drivers to keep costs low. “What the industry wants is super cheap, flexible labor and that’s what it’s had for years,” said Viscelli. “They’ve been cycling through literally millions of people, who decide to become truck drivers and then get burned by the industry.”


The Conversation

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?

Perry World House Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati, co-wrote an article about the uncertain future of Kiribati amid rising sea levels. “What we need is a model where displaced people can migrate to host nations when their homes become uninhabitable,” Tong and co-author Akka Rimon wrote. “Countries like Australia need workers—and we will soon need homes.”


Kyle Rittenhouse and the scary future of the American right

Yphtach Lelkes of the Annenberg School for Communication said one of the biggest problems the U.S. is facing is “perceived polarization, driven by misinformation on the right [claiming] leftist extremists want to destroy our way of life and, thus, it is reasonable to do everything in our power to stop them.”


“Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson,” WBUR-Radio (Boston)

How changing norms around civility in politics might affect American democracy

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center commented on the history of violence in U.S. political discourse and its effect on the country. “We’ve normalized the language of vilification in politics by casting people who disagree with us as enemies, as opposed to people who have a philosophical disagreement, and then suggesting that they’re evil,” she said.