Penn Humanities Forum

The Penn Humanities Forum seeks to demonstrate the importance of humanistic thought across the arts, sciences and professions and to invite the public and the university to discover their common stake in the “thinking arts.”  

Each year, the Forum selects a new theme and uses this subject to facilitate an integrated platform of research, teaching and interchange with the community. The Forum’s annual calendar of public lectures, performances, and exhibitions, many of them free, feature renowned artists, writers, historians, scientists, philosophers, and others whose contributions have helped to shape and reshape the human experience.

For more on the Penn Humanities Forum, including this year's theme, visit