Film Diplomacy Topic of Dick Wolf Cinema Studies Conference at Penn

Scholars, filmmakers and government officials gathering for The Second Annual Dick Wolf Conference “Film Diplomacy in the Digital Age” will explore the role of film, video and digital media as tools of social change and control in global politics on April 18.

Penn and ADL Team Up to Provide Holocaust Education Teacher-training Workshop April 17

On April 17, Penn and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia will present a half-day workshop for teachers of the Holocaust that will incorporate the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive of interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Penn Junior Ariel Koren Wins Truman Scholarship

Ariel Koren, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees to prepare for careers in government or public service.

Penn’s Al Filreis Inducted Into Minerva Academy, Honored as an ‘Educational Innovator’

Al Filreis, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been inducted as one of 14 founding members into the Minerva Academy, an honorary institution dedicated to promoting and rewarding extraordinary advancements and innovation in higher education around the world.

Arts & Humanities


  • The ICA Turns 50

    The ICA Turns 50

    Throughout the past half-century, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania has earned its international reputation as an adventurer in contemporary art by highlighting unconventional artists and their unique works.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Transformation Through Education

    Transformation Through Education

    By opening the doors of Penn to remarkable students, the University helps them achieve their full potential as individuals, and also create an academic community that expands and deepens the perspectives of all who are part of it.

  • Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

    Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

    On March 1, 2014, the Penn Museum will unveil “Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now,” its newest exhibition, which will challenge visitors to set aside their preconceptions about Native Americans and…

  • Paying It Forward at Penn

    Paying It Forward at Penn

    Penn senior Diana Estrada Alamo’s academic concentration is in infectious diseases, but her interest in good health extends to every aspect of her own life and the people she advocates for and mentors.In high school in Seattle, Estrada Alamo interned at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, working on tuberculosis research. And, as she puts it, she “fell in love with it.”…

  • Behind the Borders of the Modern Middle East

    Behind the Borders of the Modern Middle East

    Born in Tehran, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, spent the first part of her life in Iran during the reign of the shah, and was an eyewitness as events unfolded during the 1979 Iranian Revolution that removed the shah from power and gave rise to the Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • An Architect’s Vision for Philadelphia

    An Architect’s Vision for Philadelphia

    The influence of architect Paul Philippe Cret endures more than 100 years after he arrived in Philadelphia to teach at Penn.

  • Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Vice Provost for Research Dawn A. Bonnell is responsible for facilitating Penn’s sprawling research enterprise, which consists of 12 schools, more than 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system.

  • Penn Vet Celebrates Canine Commencement

    Penn Vet Celebrates Canine Commencement

    One year ago, seven puppies joined the inaugural class of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. At the Center’s opening celebration last September, the puppies toddled down the aisle to meet their new foster families.

Penn in the news

Audio: Parenting Styles and Children’s Lives April 17, 2014 | “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Annette Lareau of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses how children of different socioeconomic backgrounds are influenced by their parents’ styles.

Audio: Museum of Antiquity Emphasizes Current History of Native Americans [photos] April 16, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Lucy Fowler Williams of the Museum and Tina Fragoso of Admissions are interviewed about the show “Native American Voices: The People, Here and Now.”

Many Adults Falling Short of Degrees March 17, 2014 | New York Times

Liberal and Professional Studies student Cory Boatwright, vice dean for professional and liberal education Nora Lewis and Dennis DeTurck, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, are quoted about adults pursuing college degrees.

Seminary Ponders Selling Its Eakins Portraits March 17, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Michael Leja of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the possible sale of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Eakins portraits.

Video: How the Communal Experience of Music Has Changed March 14, 2014 | “The Root”

Guthrie Ramsey of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses how today’s music is made, shared and studied.

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