Frontiers - Art

  • April 2016

    "Whan That Aprill..." Hear Chaucer's Description of Spring in "The Canterbury Tales" (Audio)

    David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, reads and comments on the prologue.

    In April, do your thoughts turn to pilgrimages? Click here to listen to David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, read and comment on the prologue to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

    Whan that aprill with his shoures soote

    The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,

  • March 2016

    Listening to Cyborgs (Video)

    Doctoral candidates Roksana Filipowska and Maria Murphy create a series of workshops that explore sound technologies and their impact on our daily lives.

    When we think of a cyborg, we typically picture a person part-human, part-machine—someone with powers beyond those of a normal human being. The idea has been around in science fiction and entered the popular imagination through movies and television shows like Star Trek and the Six Million Dollar Man.

  • March 2016

    Penn Has Two Rhodes Scholars

    Two college seniors are headed for Oxford University after graduation.

    Two College seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at Oxford University. Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert of Pittsburgh, Pa., is among 32 American college students who were selected for a scholarship, and Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of 11 recipients from Canada.

  • February 2016

    The Process of Playwriting (Video)

    Michael Lobman, C'17, the 2015-16 Penn Plays Fellowship Winner for his original play "Mirrors," discusses writing for theatre versus screenwriting.

    Michael Lobman, C'17, a double-major in English and cinema studies with a concentration in creative writing, is the 2015-16 Penn Plays Fellowship Winner for his original play "Mirrors." Sponsored by the Theater Arts Program and the Kelly Writers House, the annual Penn Plays Fellowship features a small monetary award and the opportunity to produce the winner’s script through critical feedback fr

  • February 2016

    Super Bowl 50: Justifying Partiality (Video)

    Ahead of the big game, we spoke with Errol Lord, assistant professor of philosophy, about the rationale behind fandom.

  • January 2016

    "Downton Abbey" and Our Stories About History

    Kevin M. F. Platt, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Humanities, on how we represent our past.

    The final season of the British television show Downton Abbey has been talked about everywhere from The New York Times to People magazine. The adventures—and the outfits—of the Crawley family and their servants are being watched by millions world-wide.

  • January 2016

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 30 Years Later (Audio)

    In a special podcast, we speak with Camille Zubrinsky Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, professor of sociology, Africana Studies, and education, and Director of the Center for Africana Studies, about the holiday and the progression of social movements like Black Lives Matter.

    The bill proposing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first introduced in the U.S. Congress four days after King’s assassination in 1968. It wasn't voted on until 1979, however, when it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage.

  • December 2015

    Film Transition (Video)

    Peter Decherney, professor of English and cinema studies, documents the challenges associated with making films in a country with an uncertain future.

    Five years ago, if you lived in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and wanted to see a homegrown horror movie or political comedy, you were out of luck. Restrictions on filmmaking were part of a legacy of censorship handed down by the military-run government that had presided over Myanmar for decades.

  • December 2015

    Intelligent Design in the Classroom: Kitzmiller v. Dover, 10 Years Later (Audio)

    In a special podcast, we spoke with professors Michael Weisberg and Paul Sniegowski about their experience with the case—and whether public attitudes on evolution have changed—as well as lead counsel and Penn Law graduate Eric Rothschild and presiding judge John E. Jones III.

    On Dec. 20, 2005, Kitzmiller v.

  • December 2015

    Guantanamera: Healthcare Delivery for Women in Cuba (Video)

    College sophomore Ivana Kohut used a Hassenfeld Social Impact Grant to interview women of all ages in Cuba.

    A Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant let Ivana Kohut, C'18, spend three weeks in Cuba surveying women of all ages.