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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.
Scholars, critics, and industry professionals gather at a Penn conference to discuss new crossroads for cinema and cinema studies.Loraine Terrell
English doctoral candidate Marissa Nicosia explores historical literary genres.Heidi Smith
Have you ever been sucked into reading the tabloids while waiting in line at the grocery store? Fifth-year English doctoral candidate Marissa Nicosia reads them, too—but the ones she’s looking at are from the 17th century.
Undergraduate architecture students chart maps of human-environment interaction.Blake Cole
Habits are activities not often subject to conscious evaluation: crossing and uncrossing one’s limbs in a certain fashion while studying; fiddling with a watch or similar accessory.
Senior Irina Markina explores influential French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ “subjective realities”Blake Cole
As an art history minor studying in in Lyon, France, Irina Markina became enamored with the soothing atmosphere that influential French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was able to create with his murals.
Associate Professor of History Eve Troutt Powell uses intimate accounts of slavery to chronicle the history of the trade in the Middle East.Blake Cole
The stories of those without a voice are often the most telling. As difficult as it is to bring the struggles of the disenfranchised to the light of day, it’s even more daunting when the accounts are centuries old—many only available as oral histories.
Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Endowed Professor of Film Studies and Professor of History of Art, organizes an animation conference at Penn.Susan Ahlborn
From 1908’s Fantasmagorie to Disney’s Snow White to resistance films by Czech animators in the ’50s to Avatar, animated films have been around as long as their live action counterparts.
Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science John Tresch discusses his new book.Susan Ahlborn
Nature versus machine: a locomotive covered with butterflies. It seems like an obvious opposition, but in the first half of the 19th century in Paris, philosophers saw them as partners.
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