Frontiers - Art

  • May 2016

    It’s Spring! Hear Chaucer’s Description of the Season 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,

  • May 2016

    Looking for a Meeting Place on Evolution (Q&A)

    Department chair and professor of philosophy Michael Weisberg talks about new approaches.

    In March, Alabama’s state board of education voted unanimously to keep a disclaimer regarding the theory of evolution in appropriate biology textbooks. Michael Weisberg, professor and chair of philosophy, has been researching and speaking on this topic since the Dover vs. Kitzmiller case 10 years ago.

  • May 2016

    DoubleSpeak: The Art of Translation

    Student-run magazine features original translations of poetry and essays about translation, culture, and bilingualism.

    The word “translation” comes from the Latin for “bearing across”—a bridge from one language to another. But a look at Penn’s student-run magazine DoubleSpeak reveals it can also mean much more than that.

  • May 2016

    It Takes a Village to Make a Movie (Video)

    Ph.D. candidate Helena de Llanos’ dissertation jumps from the page to the screen.

    April 5, 2016, marked the first-ever screening of a dissertation by a Penn Arts and Sciences doctoral student.

    Helena Fernandez de Llanos, a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic studies, created her dissertation in two parts: a 90-minute movie, NegraBlanca, and a written description of the theory and process behind the film.

  • 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.