Frontiers - Art

  • September 2011

    Art on Wheels

    Religious studies professor Jamal Elias explores the culture of truck decoration in Pakistan.

    In his new book, On Wings of Diesel, Jamal Elias, Class of 1965 Term Professor and Professor of Religious Studies, takes readers on a journey through the world of Pakistani truck decoration.

  • July 2011

    Upheavals and Adjustments

    New Penn Humanities Forum programming explores the topic of adaptation.

    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.

  • June 2011

    The Charismatic Molecule

    Grad student Jason Zuzga explores how art and science come together in molecular animations.

    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.

  • June 2011

    Honorable Disobedience

    Toni Bowers follows historical literary heroines’ battles with seduction.

    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.

  • May 2011

    A Healing Tone

    Jennifer Kyker transforms her love of Zimbabwean music into international outreach.

    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.

  • April 2011

    The Politics of Style

    Historian Kathy Peiss' new book traces the turbulent history of the zoot suit.

    Last month, the Florida Senate approved a measure prohibiting students from wearing clothes that expose underwear or “indecently” reveal the body at school.

  • April 2011

    Tying the Royal Knot

    David Wallace takes us behind the scenes at the royal wedding.

    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.

  • April 2011

    Risky Language

    Graduate student Václav Paris explores Ulysses' battle with censorship.

    On June 16, hundreds of James Joyce fans will gather on the steps of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library to partake in its annual celebration of Bloomsday, the day on which protagonist Leopold Bloom made his “odyssey” through Dublin in <

  • April 2011

    Two Minds, One Heart

    Undergraduate Kaneesha Parsard delves into the storied history of indentured Indian labor in the Caribbean.

    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.

  • March 2011

    Outside the Lines

    Senior Valeria Tsygankova studies the Bishops' Bible as a material text to examine the relationship between religion and state in Elizabethan England.

    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.