Frontiers - Art

  • February 2014

    Monuments and Prostitutes

    Doctoral student Meg Andrews studies the slums of Rome.

    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.

  • January 2014

    Q and A: Fifty Years of the War on Poverty

    Michael Katz argues the program won more victories than we realize.

    On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, a battle whose methods have been debated ever since. In 1989, Walter H.

  • January 2014

    A Visit from Jennifer Egan

    Students organize the biggest-ever Winter Reading Project.

    On January 23rd, nearly 170 undergraduates traversed the snowy campus to converge at Heyer Sky Lounge and discuss a book. The occasion was the Winter Reading Project, organized by the English department’s undergraduate advisory board to engage students in reading over the winter break.

  • December 2013

    Risk Management (Video)

    Senior biology student Shabnam Elahi traces one town’s history of toxic exposure.

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  • December 2013

    What Lola Wants

    Professor of German Simon Richter identifies a film genre where women claim their right to pleasure.

    Who is Lola?

  • December 2013

    Q and A: Growing Up in South Africa (Audio)

    Professor of Music Carol Muller describes life under apartheid and reflects on the passing of Nelson Mandela.

    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.

  • November 2013

    Woven into History (Video)

    Senior Olivia Rutigliano takes Shakespearean costume study into her own hands.

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  • October 2013

    Audio/Video: A Little Penn Music

    Graduate student composers share their work.

    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.

  • October 2013


    John Tresch describes Edgar Allan Poe, writer—and engineer.

    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.

  • October 2013

    A Teachable Moment

    Michael Katz surveys public education reform.

    An approval poll pitting the welfare system against the public education system would likely favor the latter in a landslide; but, historically, says Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, the two systems were philosophically a match.