Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

And the Oscar goes to…

Excellent writing is evident in many of the films nominated for Academy Awards this year, with several edgy alternative films sharing major categories with mainstream blockbusters, says Penn’s Timothy Corrigan, a professor of English and cinema and media studies.

Louisa Shepard

A Quarter-century of Community Partnerships

Glen Casey will be the first to admit it: He wasn’t the perfect student in high school. “I was always doing the dumbest things; getting into fights, getting arrested,” he says. A student then at University City High, Casey failed ninth grade, and barely passed 10th. “I just really wasn’t into school,” he says.

Two Penn juniors named Truman Scholars

Two juniors, Annah Chollet and Camilo Duran, have received Harry S. Truman Scholarships, a merit-based award of as much as $30,000 for graduate or professional school to prepare for careers in public service.

Louisa Shepard , Aaron Olson

Tales of abuse from a ‘Dream House’

Carmen María Machado, who teaches speculative fiction as a writer in residence in the Creative Writing Program, has received extraordinary attention for her new memoir, “In the Dream House,” using multiple genres to describe an abusive relationship with her former girlfriend.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

Associated Press

‘We’re back, baby’: New bill boosts U.S. climate credibility

Scott Moore of the School of Arts & Sciences says that President Biden’s climate change legislation will restore some diplomatic legitimacy to the U.S. during international climate negotiations.


The Conversation

Don’t be too quick to blame social media for America’s polarization—cable news has a bigger effect, study finds

A study from Homa Hosseinmardi of the Annenberg School for Communication suggests that television, not the web, is the top driver of partisan audience segregation among Americans.



Female whistleblowers face more retaliation—here’s how to avoid it, according to a new study

A study by Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School finds that women at all levels of power are far more likely than men to face retaliation when speaking up about moral infractions.


Associated Press

‘We’re triaging’: Cops combat violent crime as ranks dwindle

Ben Struhl of the School of Arts & Sciences says that violent crime is rising for reasons separate from social justice protests.



How monkeypox myths mimic lies about COVID and AIDS

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that the human impulse to scapegoat is both predictable and dangerous.