Frontiers - Art

  • August 2015

    Theater of the Mind

    Helena von Nagy, C’18, travels to London to study Shakespeare.

    Each summer, starting at the age of four, Helena von Nagy’s parents took her to see a production at the local Shakespeare festival. “The first time I understood a production fully, I was 11, and I was hooked,” says von Nagy, C’18, a Ben Franklin Scholar in the Theatre Arts Program, as well as in international relations.

  • July 2015

    What They Wore

    History of Art doctoral candidate Heather Hughes is using the Dreesmann Fellowship at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to study 17th-century costume prints—and get a head start on curating.

    Before fashion magazines came fashion plates: images of women and men wearing the latest clothing. Before the fashion plates, however, came costume prints—representations of people from around the world and what they wore. It’s as if National Geographic morphed into Cosmopolitan.

  • July 2015

    60-Second Slam! Continued (Video)

    Featured below is a sample of talks from this year's 60-Second Slam, a annual lecture-off held during Penn's Alumni Weekend. This month's featured lectures include:


    Hooked on Taxes: How Politicians Made Corporations Powerful
    Alexander Jerneck, G'15, Sociology

  • June 2015

    60-Second Slam! (Video)

    Featured below is a sample of talks from this year's 60-Second Slam, a annual lecture-off held during Penn's Alumni Weekend. This month's featured lectures include:


    Looking at the Police Through Many Eyes
    Ian Skahill, C'15, Urban Studies

  • June 2015

    Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine: Childhood Inequality

    Join us for a look inside our most recent issue of Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine, a biannual collection of stories about our most groundbreaking research and game-changing initiatives. Our cover story features Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences, on "The Consequences of Childhood Inequality."

  • May 2015

    Our Way of Seeing (Video)

    Visual Studies majors put it all together.

    How do we see? It’s a process that requires the physical equipment of our eyes and brain, but that also takes place in our minds. In Penn’s unique visual studies major, students learn about the science of vision, the philosophical considerations of seeing, and the history of how humans have used vision for cultural expression.

  • May 2015

    New School Philosophy

    Penn undergraduates introduce local high school students to the philosophical study of education.

    Penn undergrads watched as their Philadelphia high school mentees schooled onlookers in college-level philosophy on May 9 as part of the “Pedagogy in Practice: Philosophy and Education in Philadelphia” conference—the culmination of a semester of work in Penn’s Philosophy of Education ABCS (Academically Based Community Service) course, designed and taught by Associate Professor of Philosophy Kar

  • May 2015

    Through a Lens Darkly

    History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez examines nighttime filming.

    Picture a forest at night. What do you see? It's likely you are remembering a scene from a movie you once watched, says History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez. “When we think of the night we tend to think about movies, which are artificially illuminated, instead of lived experiences,” he says.

  • February 2015

    Read Me a Poem

    M.Phil. candidate Chris Mustazza is investigating—and making accessible—a lost archive of poets reading their work.

    What if a poem has to be performed to be truly understood? College of Liberal and Professional Studies master’s student Chris Mustazza has rediscovered and is digitizing an archive of poets including Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, Harriet Monroe, and Vachel Lindsay reading their work, for anyone on the web to hear. 

  • February 2015

    Ants Go Marching (Video)

    Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer discusses the complex behaviors of social insects.

    What can ants teach us about the genetics of social behavior? It’s a question Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer has been investigating in the lab he shares with both his students and his army of specimens. Linksvayer is especially interested in the interplay of social interactions with genetic architecture and trait evolution in social insects such as ants and honey bees.