Rush on the Mind
A focus on mental illness was a constant throughout the multi-faceted career of Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, prolific writer, longtime Penn faculty member, and the most prominent—and controversial—physician of his day.
When William James Got Hungry
In an excerpt from his new autobiography, Penn psychology professor Martin Seligman tells the little-known story of the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting in 1904, held at Penn. Its reverberations were profound—for Penn psychology professor Edwin Twitmyer and for American psychology.
The Prehuman History of Cocktail Hour
Don't match drinks with the Malaysian pen-tailed tree shrew.
Democracy for Sale
Voter fraud vs. incentives, from Berry’s Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich.
On the Road to Nothing
How Warren Gefter M’74 inspired his daughter to write about nothing.
Is That All There Is?
On the road with Zach and Buzz, Peggy Lee on the car stereo, and the meaning of life. An excerpt from Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.
The Wounded Wore Aftershave
One day in a doctor’s life at the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq.
We’ve lost control of our online data, and the consequences may be worse than you think.
Steeped in Tea
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Victor Mair spent years immersing himself in tea lore. His new book gives a fresh infusion of history to a venerable subject.