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

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bradford Young Salamishah Tillet Louis Massiah Rea TajiriDirector of Photography, CinematographerFilms of Bradford Young: "Mother of George" International House, 3701 Chestnut Street

New Black Cinematography
Films of Bradford Young
Penn Humanities Forum in collaboration with Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia

Mother of George (Andrew Dosunmu, 2013, 107 min.)
Follow the tightly knit community of immigrant Nigerians living in Brooklyn, whose insular world is only occasionally punctured by the world outside.

Award-winning cinematograpgher Bradford Young is know for expressive lighting, bold colors, and nuanced representations of dark skin tones on screen. Part of an exciting new wave of independent African American filmmaking. Young uses his stunning visuals to tell stories of family, violence, and diaspora across black communities from New York City to rural Mississippi.

Special apperance by Brandford Young

Panel discussion: Louis Massiah, Rea Tajiri, and Salamishah Tillet