Peter Struck Named Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

Struck, a distinguished classicist, award-winning teacher, and innovative program leader, starts the new appointment on Aug. 1, 2024.

A mound of garbage at the Deonar landfill in Mumbai. A skyline of buildings appears in the background.

PhD candidate Adwaita Banerjee was on a mission to trace the path of recycled plastics through his city. The work led him to ask bigger questions about caste, racialization, class, and dignity.

A group of students standing in the front of two large screens, presenting to a room of people sitting in an ampitheater-style classroom.

Twenty seniors in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management spent a year analyzing four novel medical advances from scientific and business perspectives. As part of their capstone presentations, the students shared their business plans.

An open book on a beach, glasses perched on top the book. The ocean is blurry in the background. Shells and seaweed are visible to the left of the book.

Eleven faculty and lecturers from Penn Arts & Sciences share the books they’re reading now that the academic year has wound down.

Kicking Off Summer With a Casual PWA Networking Event

The Professional Women’s Alliance Summer Networking Social is an annual way for students and alums to connect. Seventy women gathered at the Wilson Rose Garden in New York for the 2024 edition.

Numbers on the Brain

In trying to learn more about how our understanding of quantity and numbers develops, Francesca Luzzi, C’24, has been studying how children experience a perceptual illusion involving dots and lines. The results have been surprising.

Lessons in Philosophy

As philosophers-in-residence at the Academy at Palumbo in South Philadelphia, Ph.D. students Jacqueline Wallis and Afton Greco are teaching high schoolers how to contemplate life’s big questions.

Addressing Tough Topics

The Living the Hard Promise dialogue series offers a chance for frank conversation about subjects from free speech on campuses to the role of universities.

Just Right

The certificate programs offered by the College of Liberal & Professional Studies fill an educational need for students who want to learn about an area but don’t need a full degree.

Spring/Summer 2024

Omnia SS24 Cover

In this issue, we feature research on sound, Africana studies at Penn, the LPS certificate program, alums working in the art auction world, the Vageloses, and so much more.

Penn Arts & Sciences in the News


Expert: UK’s Tories Committing “Electoral Suicide”—but the Far Right Will Be Back

June 30, 2024

Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, discusses the upcoming 2024 election in the United Kingdom and its potential long-term consequences. 

Philadelphia magazine

Philadelphia Lost More Than 50,000 Residents During the Pandemic. Now What?

June 22, 2024

Emilio Parrado, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and director of Penn’s Population Studies Center, discusses the three main drivers of population change: natural increases or decreases, domestic migration, and migration from abroad. 


This Federal Rule Didn’t Stop Coercive Sterilization—but it Blocked Contraceptive Access. Can it Be Fixed?

June 18, 2024

In Part 3 of STAT’s yearlong examination of reproductive autonomy for people with sickle cell disease, Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, notes the “widespread devaluing of certain people’s childbearing,” seen in negative stereotypes, laws that deny someone extra benefits if they get pregnant while on welfare, and more. 


The Forgotten Racial History of Red Lobster

June 8, 2024

Marcia Chatelain, Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Africana Studies and author of the book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, that Red Lobster attracted both working-class and affluent Black diners at a time during the 1970s and ’80s when many sit-down restaurants were unwelcoming of Black patrons.