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Religious studies professor Jamal Elias explores the culture of truck decoration in Pakistan.Priya Ratneshwar
New Penn Humanities Forum programming explores the topic of adaptation.Priya Ratneshwar
A century-and-a-half ago, Charles Darwin established adaptation as the central focus of evolutionary biology. But for contemporary scholars, says James English, Professor of English, the concept’s relevance extends far beyond the sciences.
Grad student Jason Zuzga explores how art and science come together in molecular animations.Priya Ratneshwar
Although they portray the wild, blockbuster nature documentaries such as March of the Penguins and Planet Earth rely heavily on techniques of craft. These can range from attributing human characteristics to “charismatic megafauna” (attractive animals with popular appeal, like panda bears and elephants) to the use of emotive soundtracks.
Toni Bowers follows historical literary heroines’ battles with seduction.Blake Cole
Often when we think of classic stories involving a heroine dealing with issues of courtship and seduction, characters like the beloved Elizabeth Bennet come to mind—a woman who learns to appreciate a worthy man and ultimately marries for love.
Jennifer Kyker transforms her love of Zimbabwean music into international outreach.Blake Cole
Not many elementary school assemblies receive rave reviews from students. But this was exactly where Jennifer Kyker first experienced the Zimbabwean music that would forever shape her life. Kyker, who this spring completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, was smitten.
Historian Kathy Peiss' new book traces the turbulent history of the zoot suit.Priya Ratneshwar
Last month, the Florida Senate approved a measure prohibiting students from wearing clothes that expose underwear or “indecently” reveal the body at school.
David Wallace takes us behind the scenes at the royal wedding.Blake Cole
Chances are no matter where you are on April 29, 2011, barring a storm bunker, you will overhear someone discussing Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. The event is to be simulcast across practically every news station in the world—it even has its own official YouTube channel.
Graduate student Václav Paris explores Ulysses' battle with censorship.Priya Ratneshwar
Undergraduate Kaneesha Parsard delves into the storied history of indentured Indian labor in the Caribbean.Blake Cole
Kaneesha Parsard was intrigued by her diverse cultural background from a young age. The daughter of Jamaican parents, Parsard's paternal grandfather is Indian, a lineage that is steeped in rich historical context.
Senior Valeria Tsygankova studies the Bishops' Bible as a material text to examine the relationship between religion and state in Elizabethan England.Priya Ratneshwar
Religious texts are often deemed timeless, but as the King James Bible celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, we are reminded that they are products of history as well.
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