Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

U.S. Falls to 27th in Latest Report Card on World Social Progress; Chronic Poverty to Blame

PHILADELPHIA -- Cuts in social services and chronic poverty in U.S. cities and rural areas during the '90s have caused the U.S. to lag behind nearly all of Europe and several other countries in terms of overall social progress, according to the 2004 "Report Card on World Social Progress" by Richard Estes, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work professor.

Matt Gray

Penn Hosts National Conference on Domestic Violence

PHILADELPHIA -- In partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor's domestic violence task force, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work is hosting its second conference on domestic violence, "Finding New Directions for Responding to Intimate Violence," June 25-26, at Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St.

Matt Gray

The making of tomorrow’s voters

There were only 11 days left in Philadelphia’s contentious mayoral race. The entire Philadelphia media scrum had descended on a small classroom at Olney High School.

Elaine Wilner

New Leadership and a New Affiliation for Penn's Fels Center of Government

PHILADELPHIA - Samuel H. Preston, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has named leading criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman as the new Director of the Fels Center of Government. Sherman will also be appointed the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations in the Department of Sociology.

Elaine Wilner

In the News


Stressed by work? You can tap your own resilience

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses his new co-authored book, “TOMORROWMIND,” which shows how people can meet future challenges while thriving in the workplace.


Psychology Today

Moral virtues and character strengths across the life span

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is lauded for convening a 2005 meeting at Penn of the world’s leading experts in the emerging field of positive psychology.


The New Yorker

Fifty years of “Learning from Las Vegas”

A profile examines the architectural novel “Learning from Las Vegas” co-written by Denise Scott Brown, formerly of the Weitzman School of Design.


Philadelphia Inquirer

SEPTA said ‘there really is no way forward’ to build the Roosevelt Boulevard subway

Jay Arzu of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design appreciates that SEPTA officials are being honest about not having the funding for a massive subway project.


WVPB (Charleston, West Virginia)

The housing struggle

On an episode of “Us and Them,” Claudia Aiken of the Weitzman School of Design and Taylor Kessinger of the School of Arts & Sciences discuss their research and advocacy for housing development in Philadelphia.