Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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

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.

A 2021 Rhodes Scholar for Penn

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton from St. Louis been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work.

Ron Ozio

In the News

The New York Review of Books

Trees in themselves

“Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees,” a new book by Jared Farmer of the School of Arts & Sciences, is reviewed.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Repairing all the homes in the Philly area would cost at least $3.7 billion

Jamaal W. Green of the Weitzman School of Design says that Philadelphia’s combination of high homeownership rates, entrenched poverty, and poor homeowners is a recipe for deferred maintenance.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why were young women poisoned in Iran?

In an Op-Ed, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences says that recent attacks on Iranian women at schools represent a targeted campaign to enforce a new mode of gender segregation and political deprivation.



China is mobilizing science to spur development—and self-reliance

Scott Moore of Penn Global says that there are hints that President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders aren’t satisfied with the pace of research progress.


The Wall Street Journal

What do we actually know about COVID-19? Not enough

A January survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center suggests that more than half of people have returned to pre-pandemic life.