Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Wading into Philly’s vacant land morass

Four students in the Weitzman School’s Department of City and Regional Planning are working to find suitable properties to rehabilitate with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and the City of Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development.

Penn Today Staff

Five events to watch for in April

Happening around campus this April: an appearance by “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley, a talk from Inquirer critic Inga Saffron, and the 10th annual West Craft Fest.

Brandon Baker

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

What you need to know about reparations after the first congressional hearing convened on the topic in more than a decade

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences said the contemporary descendants of the enslaved Africans who demanded, but did not receive, pensions at the turn of the 20th century should be compensated today. “We have a group of people who we can identify, the descendants of those who argued for reparations, who sent stuff to Congress while they were being under surveillance and whose leaders were put in prison.”


The Washington Post

War with Iran is probably less likely than you think

Michael C. Horowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences writes about the likelihood of the United States engaging in war with Iran.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why so many older Americans rate their health as good or even excellent

Jason Schnittker of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about older adults’ positive perceptions of their own health. “Older people expect some deterioration in health and aren’t thrown off course in the same way when it occurs,” he explained.


Chronicle of Higher Education

What the woods do for stressed students

Gregory T. Eells of Counseling and Psychological Services is quoted on his research on how nature can combat unhealthy stress.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Democracy and truth

Sophia Rosenfeld of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about her book, Democracy and Truth, and the democratic “argument about what is true” in an episode of “Radio Times.”