Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

New Juneteenth documentary explores notions of freedom and citizenship

An exclusive Penn screening of the film produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), plus a conversation with activist Opal Lee and Penn’s Mary Frances Berry, moderated by APPC’s Director of Outreach and Curriculum Andrea (Ang) Reidell, takes place on Feb. 28. Registration with a Penn email is required.

Michele W. Berger

A new role for NATO in conflict zones

One year after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, PIK Professor Lynn Meskell calls on the alliance to take a more expansive view of cultural property protection.

From the Weitzman School of Design

Bringing Ukraine to Penn

On the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, displaced and visiting scholars and students from Ukraine share their experience at Penn.

Kristen de Groot

The search for meaning

During the course Living Deliberately: Monks, Saints, and the Contemplative Life, taught by Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts & Sciences, students experiment with ascetic practices.

Kristina García

In the News

The New York Times

For a better workout, trick your brain

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School says that “temptation bundling,” pairing a workout with a much-loved activity, is amplified if the desired activity is only done while exercising.


The New York Times

What college students need is a taste of the monk’s life

Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts & Sciences is challenging his students to adopt monastic traditions in order to rethink the purpose of education.



We’ll soon have tools to protect infants against RSV. Can we put them to good use?

Research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 53% of women of childbearing age thought flu shots were safe to receive during pregnancy, with more pronounced distrust regarding COVID vaccines.


Scientific American

People, not Google’s algorithm, create their own partisan ‘bubbles’ online

According to Homa Hosseinmardi of the Annenberg School for Communication, ensuring that search engine giants like Google operate with people’s best interest in mind requires knowing how people are using the algorithm, not just how the algorithm works.


Bharat Express (India)

U.S. navy steps up efforts to curb seizure of Iranian ships in Strait of Hormuz

John Ghazvinian of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the reality of a serious armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran is almost unthinkable for either nation.