Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

A medieval confluence

Three newly-hired Penn assistant professors, all transplants to Philadelphia, found each other soon after they arrived and discovered that, although they were in different areas of study, they all focused on the Middle Ages, specifically 13th-century France. 

Louisa Shepard , Louisa Shepard

Honoring Women of Color at Penn

On March 16, the Women of Color at Penn 31st Annual Awards Luncheon drew more than 300 people to the Inn at Penn to honor women whose work has promoted education, cultural diversity, and positive change on campus and in the world. 

Jacquie Posey

The future of technology

As new technologies emerge, they bring with them new ethical challenges. The topic of the future of technology was front and center on day three of the Penn Teach-in.

Ali Sundermier

Lauding a transformative scholar

Chosen for her expertise in Southern and African-American literature, author and poet Thadious Davis was one of the first professors recruited by Penn President Amy Gutmann. Davis was honored at a reception and a symposium which focused on her work exploring race, region, and gender.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

The New York Times

Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences provided statistics on amendments to prosecution deadlines for victims of child sexual abuse and assault.


Philadelphia Inquirer

After Trump G-7 Blast, Tension Hangs Over July NATO Meeting, Efforts to Deter Russia

Perry World House Fellow Derek Chollet and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Mitchell Orenstein offered commentary on the Trump administration’s relationships with U.S. allies.


PBS NewsHour

Brief but Spectacular: Imani Davis

English and Africana Studies major Imani Davis of New York City performed a #MeToo movement-inspired poem on the “Brief but Spectacular” segment of the “PBS NewsHour.”


Inside Higher Ed

Gender Gap Without Gender Bias?

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences collaborated on research measuring gender bias in academic publishing. The study found that journals focused on qualitative research had higher percentages of female authors.


Chronicle of Higher Education

From Doctoral Study to … Digital Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Stewart Varner explained that “digital humanities” isn’t technically a field on its own. “But,” said Varner, “it is often treated as such by people who consider themselves digital humanists as well as those who adamantly do not.”