Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

A conversation with Julia Ticona

In the latest episode of “Office Hours,” a Penn Today podcast, Assistant Professor of Communication Julia Ticona explains her research about the gig economy and chitchats about cooking, campus, and superpowers.

Brandon Baker

A Q&A with landscape historian Sonja Dümpelmann

Landscape historian and standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Weitzmann School Sonja Dümpelmann discusses her new book, “Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

With 2020 election, Women’s March on Philadelphia ‘more important now than ever,’ organizers say

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the Women’s March, calling it “a cathartic show of solidarity rather than a solid movement with a specific end.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ did not increase number of teen suicides, study finds

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center reanalyzed data on adolescent suicides and found no evidence of a significant increase in suicides after the release of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” series. “Researchers are looking for that negative effect, and maybe ignoring the fact that some of these shows may help people,” he said. “For some people, the show reduced suicidal tendencies, but it also had a detrimental effect on others. You can’t disentangle them.”


The Atlantic

Prohibition was a failed experiment in moral governance

Samuel Freeman of the School of Arts and Sciences and Law School spoke about the “failed experiment” of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which installed Prohibition, calling it “an amendment that had to do with a matter of private morality [that] didn’t work.”



Opioids are killing more than twice as many people as we thought

A study led by Samuel Preston of the School of Arts and Sciences found 60,000 more drug-related deaths in 2016 than previously recorded.


Associated Press

U.S.-Iran relations: A look back at a tricky relationship

John Ghazvinian of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran has transformed over the years. “It’s only in the later 20th and 21st centuries that we have been seeing this kind of slow and difficult degeneration in the relationship,” he said. “I think that’s the big picture we have to keep in mind: It doesn’t have to be so hateful.”