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Professor of Music Carol Muller describes life under apartheid and reflects on the passing of Nelson Mandela.Susan Ahlborn
When Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, the mourning was worldwide. Born in South Africa in the ‘60s, Professor of Music Carol Muller lived in a society that changed around her. Here she describes the nation of her childhood and the change wrought by Mandela and others.
Senior Olivia Rutigliano takes Shakespearean costume study into her own hands.Blake Cole
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Graduate student composers share their work.Susan Ahlborn
Doctoral students in composition in Penn’s Department of Music are trained in the craft of composition, contemporary repertory, and theory and analysis. A portfolio of original works is one of the central requirements of the Master's degree, and a major composition serves as the dissertation at the doctoral level.
John Tresch describes Edgar Allan Poe, writer—and engineer.Susan Ahlborn
Edgar Allan Poe is remembered by most as a writer of ghostly, ghastly masterpieces, most of all “The Raven.” The poem was his breakout hit, so popular that he went on a “Raven” tour, reading the poem aloud and then explaining how he had written it, as a kind of “Making of…” feature for the crowd.
Michael Katz surveys public education reform.Blake Cole
The 2013-14 Penn Humanities Forum examines themes of violence.Susan Ahlborn
In 1949, German sociologist, philosopher, and musicologist Theodor Adorno said that to write poetry after Auschwitz would be barbaric.
Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy Gary Hatfield and Bok Family Professor in the Humanities Holly Pittman look at how humans make stuff, and how making stuff made us human.Susan Ahlborn
The brain and the mind are not the same thing, and we don’t yet know how the biologic processes of the brain turn into the way we actually experience our lives.
Nicole Williams and John Baranik are learning about music, business, and how to trash talk 1800s-style.Susan Ahlborn
“Basically, he was talking trash on his competition,” says John Baranik, C’16, about 19th century Philadelphia music publisher Allyn Bacon. In a letter about a rival’s lower price, Bacon managed to insult two of his competitors in one sentence, saying, “I do not know how his Music looks generally; if it is as bad as Willig’s, he may be glad to get half price.”
Students from the Class of 2016 offer their advice to incoming freshmen.Jackie Van Loan
We asked members of the Class of 2016 if they had any advice for incoming freshmen. In the video below, hear why Penn's newest students should get out and explore Philadelphia, take classes outside of their comfort zones, and toss out any preconceived notions of what a typical Penn student is like.
The Department of Music presents an annual concert celebrating music composition at Penn.Blake Cole, Jay Reise
In 1971 Penn faculty composer George Crumb wrote Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for three masked players: electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano. The piece has become a classic of 20th century music.
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