Humanities

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.

Summer Reading Picks

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

A Safe Space for Difficult Conversations

How does representation in sexually explicit materials affect the well-being of people who identify as cisgender male, Asian American, and non-heterosexual? It’s a question Steven Chen, C’24, is on a quest to answer.

Using Literature to Unlock Stories of the Unseen

In the hands of Matty Hemming, GR’24, early 20th-century novels become roadmaps to the politics and norms of their authors’ time.

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.

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.

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.

Students Honored as 2024 Dean’s Scholars

The recognition is given annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise.

Seizing the Moment

Spanning disciplines and geographies, Africana studies at Penn has emerged as a leader in the field.

Faculty Bookshelf

Recent books from Penn Arts & Sciences faculty in Music, Sociology, Africana studies, History and Sociology of Science, and History.

Catalysts for Basic Science

P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, PAR’90, HON’99, has been connected to Penn for 75 years, starting as an undergrad. He and his wife, Diana T. Vagelos, PAR’90, recently gave Penn Arts & Sciences $83.9 million to fund science initiatives—the largest single gift ever made to the School.

Office Artifacts: Jean-Christophe Cloutier

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 bottle opener.

Tackling the Age (Research) Gap

GEAR UP provides students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds hands-on experience and mentoring to address a critical global challenge.

Affirming Our Purpose

A Message from Dean Steven J. Fluharty, Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience.