Frontiers - Art

  • May 2014

    An Overarching Vision

    Visual Studies majors look at all the ways we see.

    Penn’s visual studies majors learn to see vision as a process of both brain and mind. They study vision science and the workings of the brain along with as philosophical considerations of vision and the history of how humans have used vision for cultural expression.

  • May 2014

    Playing with the Volume

    Students experiment with sound, theatre technique, and interdisciplinary learning.

    This past April, students in Theatre Arts Program Director Marcia Ferguson’s improvisation class learned something about experimentation from some of Philadelphia’s leading innovators of performance.

  • May 2014

    2014 Alumni Weekend 60-Second Slam (VIDEO)

    Faculty, students, and alumni provide quick expert takes on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.

    This year marked the fourth edition of the School’s Alumni Weekend 60-Second Slam. The event—an extension of our 60-Second Lecture Series—pits our most insightful faculty, students, and alumni against one another in their mission to provide a quick expert take on topics ranging from urban development in ancient Rome to movie franchise reboots.

  • February 2014

    An Ear to the Ground

    LPS' Joseph Hallman's classical compositions earn him a Grammy nod.

    From nine to five, Joseph Hallman works at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, interfacing with faculty and departments on course logistics. Outside the office, however, Hallman has a side gig dreaming up musical landscapes that recently landed him a Grammy nod.

  • 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.