‘Writing Out Loud’ at Penn Explores History Through Conversations

"The Ground on Which We Stand," a performance of original undergraduate student monologues based on the personal histories of West Philadelphia residents, took place Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

Comedy and Learning Can Go Hand-in-hand at Penn

For the all-female musical sketch comedy group, Bloomers, making people laugh is another benefit of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

Penn’s 2015-16 Theme Year is Discovery with Penn Reading Project: The Big Sea

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives today announced that the 2015-16 academic theme will be the Year of Discovery and that The Big Sea by Langston Hughes will be the Penn Reading Project.

Botswana Internship Inspires Penn Senior to Start a Happiness Blog

University of Pennsylvania senior Callan Parra chronicles the stories of people she’s met who’ve triumphed over adversities and offers insights on coping with stress and finding life’s “perfect moments” in a new blog called “Happy for Happyness.”

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Penn in the news

Schwarzman, Piketty, Kerry, Gorman Pick Best Books of ’14 December 12, 2014 | Bloomberg


President Amy Gutmann participates in Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2014” list selection.

Audio: Can Old Coffee Cause Yellow Fever? December 12, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about his rotten coffee event and yellow fever.

‘Rule of Law’ or ‘Rule by Law’? In China, a Preposition Makes All the Difference December 12, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Victor Mair of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the difference between of “rule of law” and “rule by law.”

Parents Loosen Up Rules for Viewing December 12, 2014 | New York Times

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is cited for researching film ratings.

Defending Lincoln Against Psychoanalysis December 12, 2014 | Psychology Today

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about Abraham Lincoln and psychoanalysis.

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