Penn has a proud legacy of local engagement in the West Philadelphia area, serving as a major employer, a leader in health services and education, and a world-class University that weaves not just civic awareness, but also hands-on civic action, into its academic curriculum.
With the city skyline as a backdrop, it was a beautiful day for a stroll along the shores of the Delaware River: bright sun, low humidity. As well as discarded tires, rusted hulks of unknown machinery, bits of Styrofoam, discarded glass bottles, and even a length of decking material.
Fifteen years ago a band of forward-thinkers believed there should be a place on campus where people could gather to appreciate, create, study and participate in every aspect of the writing process. The place, they believed, should exist outside the conventional classroom, be open to everyone in the community and be run by those who would use it.
That vision became the Kelly Writers House (KWH) at 3805 Locust Walk, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Oct. 30.
Penn alumni from all walks of life returned to campus the first weekend in October for Penn Spectrum, the University's first-ever weekend-long alumni conference celebrating diversity and community.
The event, sponsored by the Office of the President and Penn Alumni Relations, focused on issues of interest to Asians, African Americans, Latinos, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Native American people.
Artist Wharton Esherick may be best known for his prismatic furniture, handmade spiraling staircase and iconic cherrywood music stand that now sits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But how did Esherick go from being an illustrator and painter to becoming a world famous wood sculptor?
The soft, golden light of autumn accentuates the beauty of Penn's tree-lined urban campus, located in the heart of West Philadelphia.
All of Penn's 12 undergraduate and graduate schools are located within walking distance of one another. The proximity of the schools allows the University to foster a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning and research.