Arts & Humanities


Cherry Hill House Designed by Louis Kahn for Sale

February 1, 2015

William Whitaker of the School of Design speaks of Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn saying, “He was a master of natura

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194January 29, 2015

Penn Senior Emma Schad Investigates the Politics of Philadelphia’s Parks

Growing up in Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania senior Emma Schad spent countless days in the city’s parks, enjoying nature within the urban cityscape. Now, as a science, technology and society major with a minor in environmental science, Schad has turned a scholarly eye toward examining how Philadelphia manages its 186 parks.

By Sarah Welsh

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151January 28, 2015

Gospel Choir Fuels Hopefulness and Happiness at Penn

For members of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, singing and producing shows together is a joyful and meaningful part of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 26, 2015

Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

The Jewish Book Council has named University of Pennsylvania professor Kathryn Hellerstein recipient of the 2014 Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies for her A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014).

Such a Stoic

February 2, 2015

Emily Wilson of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for her book The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca<

Article Source: The New Yorker
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 23, 2015

Penn PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts to Receive APA’s 2015 Fuller Award

The American Psychiatric Association has named University of Pennsylvania professor Dorothy Roberts recipient of the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievements.

The award honors “a Black citizen who has pioneered in an area which has significantly benefitted the quality of life for Black people.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820January 23, 2015

Open Learning Initiative Reaches Penn Alumni Online and Around the Globe

Last semester, Penn offered a modified, alumni-exclusive version of “History of the Slave South,” an online course taught by history professor Stephanie McCurry from the School of Arts & Sciences.

For the first time last fall, the University of Pennsylvania invited Quakers from around the globe to participate in an alumni-exclusive version of a massive open online course.

National Jewish Book Awards Cite Philly Authors

January 19, 2015

Kathryn Hellerstein of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured for winning the Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s S

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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721 January 22, 2015

Penn Lightbulb Café Presents ‘Talk Like a Philadelphian’

Philadelphians have a unique way of speaking that extends far beyond “youse,” “jawn” and “wit wiz or witout?” Drawing on 40 years of intensive research conducted at Penn on the Philadelphia accent, Professor Tamminga will play recordings of speech of typical Philadelphians, identifying the words and sounds that make “Philly speak” unique.


Meredith Tamminga

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics

Penn Arts & Sciences

University of Pennsylvania


Penn Lightbulb Café, ‘Talk Like a Philadelphian’


Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6-7 p.m.  


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St.,

The talk is part of the Penn Lightbulb Café, a free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes arts, humanities and social-sciences scholarship out of the classroom for a night on the town. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Menu items will be available for purchase.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 21, 2015

Penn’s Lorene Cary Announces Safe Kids Stories Initiative

Lorene Cary, a senior lecturer in the English Department in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, is leading a new initiative called Safe Kids Stories, a website and social movement designed to promote Philadelphia programs that create safe havens for children and youth.