Penn Arts & Sciences

The University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

Members of the Penn Arts & Sciences faculty are leaders in creating new knowledge in their disciplines and are engaged in nearly every area of interdisciplinary innovation. They are regularly recognized with academia's highest honors, including membership in prestigious societies like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as significant prizes such as MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

The educational experience offered by Penn Arts & Sciences is likewise recognized for its excellence. The School's three educational divisions fulfill different missions, united by a broader commitment to providing our students with an unrivaled education in the liberal arts. The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic home of the majority of Penn undergraduates and provides 60 percent of the courses taken by students in Penn's undergraduate professional schools. The Graduate Division offers doctoral training to over 1,300 candidates in more than 30 graduate programs. And the College of Liberal and Professional Studies provides a range of educational opportunities for lifelong learners and working professionals.


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    Religion and Diplomacy
    (1995-11-16) Runcie, Robert A. K.
    Archbishop Runcie's presentation represents well his interest in and experience of the complex intersection between religion and world events. Both his consideration of the difficult history of the Christian Church, and his call to greater understanding of other religions reflect his long work with and commitment to these issues. His refusal to simplify the problems tied to religion is characteristic both of his efforts to find real solutions to world problems and his intellectual rigor.
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    Beyond Conformal Field Theory
    (1990-06-01) Nelson, Philip C
    This is an account of some recent work done with H. S. La [1] [2], based ultimately on the work of Fischler and Susskind [3] and Polchinski [4].
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    Introduction to Sigma Model Anomalies, in Symposium on Anomalies, Geometry, and Topology
    (1985-03-01) Nelson, Philip C
    Talk presented at the Symposium on Anomalies, Topology, and Geometry, Argonne National Laboratory, March, 1985.
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    Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Confrontation with Postmodernity
    (2006-04-01) Leone, Gerard
    This presentation, like the others of this panel, concerns itself with interactions that take place between those who create a work and those that study it, those who practice and those who theorize, not that they are exclusive characterizations. In the particular case of my project, the interaction between practitioners/theorists and a critical establishment is an adversarial one, or many times seems that way. My project is titled: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Confrontation with Postmodernity. The immensity of the material the Venturis have produced and the variety of issues involved in tackling a term like postmodernism makes for many tangents and a far longer paper, what I'm concentrating on in this presentation is the issue which sparked this project: Robert Venturi believes there is a pervasive misconception about his work. How did this come about?
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    Evidence Based Coaching Certificate
    (2008-08-01) Rogers, Katrina; Wildflower, Leni
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    Analytic Structure of Two Dimensional Quantum Field Theory
    (1986-08-01) Nelson, Philip C
    Talk presented at the Conference on Mathematical Aspects of String Theory at La Jolla, California in August 1986.
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    Larry Starr Overview and Penn
    (2008-08-01) Starr, Larry
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    Tragedy and Transcendence: The Meaning of 1492 for Jewish History
    (1992) Ruderman, David B
    This year we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of a tragic expulsion. Our history is replete with tragic moments, but this moment is of enormous significance for Jewish as well as for Christian and Moslem history. For Jews, 1492 constituted the abrupt end of an extraordinary cultural experience, a formative and repercussive period in the life of our people affecting every area of its civilization: Halakha, philosophy, kabbalah, poetry, ethical literature, messianism, political thought, and more.2 A world of enormous vitality and effervescence, a world, both in its high and low points, that can teach us a great deal about the nature of our faith and community, about our interaction with others, in short, about ourselves.
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    Oil and the Eastern Front: US Foreign and Military Policy in Iran, 1941-1945
    (2009-04-01) Rosenblatt, Naomi R
    Naomi R. Rosenblatt, College '09, History Oil and the Eastern Front: US Foreign and Military Policy in Iran, 1941-1945 During World War II, the United States established a military presence in Iran that marked a dramatic change in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Unlike earlier centuries when Americans traveled to the Middle East primarily as missionaries, merchants, and pilgrims, during WWII, the U.S. government began to establish deep political and economic ties to the region. How did U.S. foreign policy towards Iran develop within the context of a global war? What sort of tensions developed between the State Department's long-term diplomatic goals and the War Department's urgent short-term military aims? Through my research, I hope to illuminate how the United States balanced its own competing interests in Iran: that of ensuring a speedy victory at minimal human and financial cost, while all the while keeping in mind that its military efforts could very well disrupt its long-term diplomatic interests.