Music and Social Change

The Music and Social Change program explores the many ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives to develop who they are and, often subconsciously, to advance their own social and economic position. Through an academic course, volunteering in music classrooms in West Philadelphia, and attending concerts together, participants will investigate how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture.


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Front Row Theatre and the Arts

Members will assist in the production of Front Row’s productions including the company’s NSO, Fall, Winter, and Spring productions.   Members will also coordinate community service projects planned in connection with Front Row’s performances.  In addition, members of the program will collaborate in readings of plays and the creation of original dramatic and artistic works to be presented in Harrison College House.


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Scientific Adventures

This program for freshmen offers guidance to Fisher Hassenfeld residents interested in gaining experience in a biomedical research laboratory.  Activities include meetings, workshops, dinners, speakers, individual advising, and “field” trips to laboratories in Penn’s School of Medicine.  Under the direction of Dr. Paul Axelsen, College House Faculty Fellow and Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, participants will gain the skills needed to find, contact, and engage one of the many active research programs on campus. 


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Integrated Living Program

The Integrated Living Program (ILP) seeks to explore a broad range of ideas through an interdisciplinary lens in a residential setting. Based on the successful Integrated Studies Program in Riepe College House, ILP brings together students of multiple schools, backgrounds, majors, and interests to promote discussion, community-building, and critical thought. Different aspects of a semester’s theme are explored each month, through films, books, or talks, which culminate in a dinner at which ILPers discuss that month’s events.


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Jewish Cultural Studies Program

The JCS Program connects residents to academic programming, facilitates interfaith dialogue, and creates new opportunities for residents to learn more about Jewish culture while building both a floor and a house community.   

Past JCS events have included Shabbat celebrations and a challah making night. Residents regularly participate in prayer services as a community, and JCS has a strong relationship with Hillel.


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Women in Computer Science

Women in Computer Science, Kings Court English’s newest program, was born out of an awareness that with women representing fewer than 15% of all computer scientists, female undergraduate who aspire to enter the field of Computer Science could benefit from the structure, community, and mentoring of a residential program. WiCS provides residents with opportunities to study together, to mentor and advise one another, and to build confidence within a non-competitive environment.


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Integrated Studies Program

Integrated Studies is one of Penn's most distinctive opportunities for incoming freshmen. It is a residentially-based, year-long, intensive liberal arts program, specifically for College students who have been admitted as Benjamin Franklin Scholars. Those College students accepted into BFS will live together in Riepe College House and take half their freshman-year courses in Integrated Studies.


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Women in Science

The Women in Science Floor focuses on increasing the participation and success of women in all fields of science. Under the advisement of Dr. Helen Davies, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine, the group works closely with the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Women in Science on sponsoring lectures and programs. Activities include mentoring young girls who are interested in pursuing a career in science and faculty dinners with women scientists in the greater Philadelphia area. This program is located on 2nd floor of Coxe/EF Smith.


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Study of Infectious Diseases

Under the leadership of Dr. Helen Davies, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine, students on this floor participate in a variety of activities, including a monthly research forum, faculty lectures and dinners, museum trips, and site visits to labs. Residents in this program have access to a wealth of science resources across the university. Additionally, students are invited to meet with Dr. Davies for a biweekly roundtable on emerging infectious diseases. This program is located on 2nd floor, Coxe/EF Smith.


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Perspectives in the Humanities

Perspectives in the Humanities is a community focused on the elevated appreciation of the arts and the humanities through shared experiences. Members of Perspectives in the Humanities come from diverse backgrounds, but are united by a common passion for the humanities. One need not study the humanities to apply—the program merely calls for a genuine interest and desire to spend time with fellow humanists.


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