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German professor Catriona MacLeod scrutinizes sculpture in 19th-century German aesthetics.Maureen Haggerty
Catriona MacLeod acknowledges that German literature and aesthetics seem an unlikely professional focus for a scholar whose first language was Scottish Gaelic. A native of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides Islands and now a professor of German and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Humanities, MacLeod says visits to her mother’s homeland bridged the cultural divide.
Doctoral candidate Osei Alleyne follows a musical path across the Atlantic from Africa—and back.Susan Ahlborn
Ghana is listening to Jamaica. Jamaica is listening to Ghana. And everyone is listening to hip-hop. As a doctoral candidate in anthropology and Africana studies, Osei Alleyne is tracing the trails and transformations of music between Africa and the Atlantic diaspora. He’s found that in choosing what they listen to, people are choosing how to define themselves.
Undergraduate interns did some amazing work around the world this summer.Heidi Smith
Each summer Penn Arts and Sciences offers undergraduates internships that let them hone their skills in industry, non-governmental organizations and non-profits, and cultural institutions, and to conduct research in a variety of disciplines. They also have the opportunity to travel to new parts of the globe and live life to the fullest.
Three 2014 College grads are finishing their movie with money they raised on Kickstarter.Susan Ahlborn
Most college students wonder how they’ll handle the future: whether to follow an established path, or to live a life that is free-form but risky. Jason (Jay) Jadick, C’14; Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, C’14, ENG’14; and Dane Mainella, C’14, ENG’14, explored the quandary by making a movie. Now, just two months after graduation, they’ve raised enough on Kickstarter to finish their feature.
English graduate student Jason Zuzga’s summer course tackles aliens, monsters, and what it means to be human.Lini Kadaba
In The Botanic Garden, 18th-century poet and naturalist Erasmus Darwin juxtaposed lyrical, erotic poetry about plant reproduction against dry, technical prose based on Linnaeus’ classification system, all to teach the populace a thing or two about botany.
Students experiment with sound, theatre technique, and interdisciplinary learning.Alexis Van Eyken
This past April, students in Theatre Arts Program Director Marcia Ferguson’s improvisation class learned something about experimentation from some of Philadelphia’s leading innovators of performance.
Faculty, students, and alumni provide quick expert takes on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.Blake Cole
This year marked the fourth edition of the School’s Alumni Weekend 60-Second Slam. The event—an extension of our 60-Second Lecture Series—pits our most insightful faculty, students, and alumni against one another in their mission to provide a quick expert take on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.
Visual Studies majors look at all the ways we see.Susan Ahlborn
Penn’s visual studies majors learn to see vision as a process of both brain and mind. They study vision science and the workings of the brain along with as philosophical considerations of vision and the history of how humans have used vision for cultural expression.
LPS' Joseph Hallman's classical compositions earn him a Grammy nod.Blake Cole
From nine to five, Joseph Hallman works at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, interfacing with faculty and departments on course logistics. Outside the office, however, Hallman has a side gig dreaming up musical landscapes that recently landed him a Grammy nod.
Doctoral student Meg Andrews studies the slums of Rome.Susan Ahlborn
Ancient Rome’s Subura was not a place you would want be after dark. Juvenal described the area as having mille pericula saevae urbis, the “thousand dangers of a savage city.” It’s not the kind of place you’d expect the emperors of Rome to immortalize with monuments, but Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World doctoral candidate Margaret Andrews thinks that they did—in a way.
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