Campus & Community

Panelists ‘lay out the stakes’ of civil discourse

At the 2020 Silfen Forum, hosted by President Amy Gutmann, students, faculty, staff, and alumni tuned in to hear from a group of distinguished experts—Ashley Parker, Julián Castro, Donna Brazile, Peggy Noonan, and Jeb Bush, with Michael Delli Carpini of the Paideia Program serving as the event’s moderator.

Lauren Hertzler

Quakers of all ages

Every year since 2013, the Penn track and field teams have joined forces with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships in a program called Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA).

Penn Today Staff

Modeling excellence through COVID-19

As the pandemic impacts what it means to keep the campus running, Penn Today asks three supervisors, former Models of Excellence winners, for tips on helping staff address the new workplace.

Amanda Mott



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn president and husband donate $2 million for nursing scholars program at the university

President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have donated $2 million to the School of Nursing to establish leadership scholarships for undergrads and grad students.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Shamir used to be an ‘accidental pop star.’ Now, the Philly indie rocker has come into his own

Grant Pavol, a College of Arts and Sciences junior and musician, has released a new album under a local label.

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Business Insider

4 big questions you may have about college admissions during the pandemic, answered by an Ivy League dean and a former NYT education writer

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg, co-authors of “The College Conversation,” shared an excerpt from their guide to navigating college admissions and freshman year amid the pandemic.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How to conduct an engaging lab experiment in the time of COVID: Brew beer

Biology instructors at Penn assembled and mailed hundreds of lab kits to students to aid virtual learning. “It’s important to get students off of their computers and using some of the tools and techniques that are used by scientists,” said Linda Robinson of the School of Arts & Sciences.

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The Wall Street Journal

U.S. medical school applications soar in COVID-19 era

Admissions Dean Neha Vapiwala of the Perelman School of Medicine said some medical schools are waving prerequisites to accommodate students who may have been unable to participate in extracurricular activities earlier this year.

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