Penn Arts & Sciences 2024 Graduation (Photos)

More than 2,200 students earned degrees from the College, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal & Professional Studies.

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The Spine, Politicized

A new book from History and Sociology of Science Professor Beth Linker investigates how and why a panic around posture emerged in America in the 20th century.

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The latest installment of this series highlights work from four faculty working in biology, chemistry, and economics.

J.C. Cloutier at his desk with a coffee mug and computer in front of him, and other stuff around him.

Discover the stories behind six prized items in the office of Cloutier, Associate Professor of English, including a poster signed by Adam West, a Charlie Chaplin figure, and a Star Trek Enterprise bottle opener.

From English Major to Doctor, Lawyer, VP

At a panel put on by the Department of English, three alums discussed their career trajectories and how study in the humanities led them there.

Terrestrial Forensics with a Maritime Twist

Chelsea Cohen, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, uses environmental archaeology to investigate the past.

What the EPA Limits on “Forever Chemicals” Mean

In a Q&A, Brianne Callahan, C’02, CGS’04, of the Water Center explains the new regulations on PFAS, plus how they might affect consumer water bills, health, and more.

Enhancing “Representational Equity” on Wikipedia

As part of the inaugural Wiki Education Humanities & Social Justice Advisory Committee, Heather J. Sharkey, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, will continue working to improve Wikipedia content on historically underrepresented topics.

Pushing the Boundaries of Human Brain Imaging

A next-generation fMRI machine, the centerpiece of the new MindCORE Neuroimaging Facility, gives researchers across campus a novel tool to study the mind-brain connection.

Fall/Winter 2023

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In this issue, we showcase how immersion enhances a liberal arts education and the hope Penn Arts & Sciences faculty feel even in the face of overwhelming climate change realities.

Penn Arts & Sciences in the News

CNN

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.

CNN

The Unusual Turnout Dynamic that Could Decide the 2024 Election

May 29, 2024

Professor of Political Science Daniel Hopkins discusses the volatility of the current election cycle. “We used to expect that the marginal non-voter, the next voter who turned out if an election was very engaging, didn’t look different from people who did vote.” he says. “In this case, the crowd that hasn’t gotten engaged looks very, very different.”
 

Business Insider

Taylor Swift‘s Posture-Correcting Bra Costs $185. A Posture Historian Shares Why She‘s Skeptical of ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Solutions.

May 24, 2024

Beth Linker, Samuel H. Preston Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences and author of Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America, recommends asking yourself whether your posture really needs fixing in the first place before shelling out big bucks.

The New York Times

Higher Education Needs More Socrates and Plato

May 19, 2024

“Higher education is fundamentally misunderstood,” wrote Harun Küçük, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, and Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, in a New York Times op-ed. The answer, they say, is for colleges and universities to reassert the liberal arts ideals that made them great.