Frontiers - Art

  • 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.

  • March 2011

    Fashioning a Nation

    Graduate student Marie Grace Brown explores how women participated in constructing Sudan's national identity during the country's independence movement.

    As the battle in Libya between rebels and Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime grows increasingly violent and protests and uprisings engulf the Arab world, it’s easy to forget that Africa’s largest nation has been engaged in its own—albeit more quiet—revolution. In a referendum in January, the people of Southern Sudan overwhelmingly supported the division of the country into two.

  • March 2011

    An Inevitable Revolution

    In this video Q&A, Eve Troutt Powell provides a historian's perspective on the Egyptian uprising.

    As the most populous country in the Arab world prepares for its new future, Frontiers sat down with Troutt Powell to discuss its past. In this video Q&A, she talks about the forces of history behind the revolution, its key players and its transformative impact around the world.

  • December 2010

    Math Games

    Junior David Dunning explores mathematic themes in the works of author David Foster Wallace.

    Tennis ball trajectories are not often charted using parabolas—unless it's a David Foster Wallace novel. It's this exact combination of mathematics and literature that has always fascinated junior David Dunning, who aptly enough, is a double major in the two subjects, as well as a minor in philosophy.

  • November 2010

    Reading the Past

    A summer internship transports senior Suzie Connell into the thick of the Dreyfus Affair.

    Amidst all the current hand-wringing over the potential death of print, it's hard to imagine a time when newspapers, posters and postcards could galvanize an entire country around an issue. But this past summer, senior Suzie Connell traveled to just such a period.

  • November 2010

    The Many Faces of Marriage

    Department of History doctoral candidate William Kuby reveals centuries-old marriage practices that shed light on contemporary debate.

    Personal ads, whether stuck in the back of a newspaper or posted on an online dating website, range from endearing to banal. Abbreviations like SWF have become ubiquitous in pop culture, even spawning movie titles.

  • October 2010

    Fictional Realities

    Historian Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet's debut novel chronicles lives upended by the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.

    Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Associate Professor of History and Director of Penn's Middle East Center, began writing her debut novel, Martyrdom Street, as an act of intellectual rebellion when she was a graduate student at Yale.

  • August 2010

    The Real Thing

    Music professor co-curates Smithsonian exhibit on the history of Harlem's Apollo Theater.

    A museum exhibit may not be the real thing, but with all sorts of genuine artifacts on display and plaques that explain their historical context and fit them into a story, it's certainly the next best thing.

  • August 2010

    President Obama and the Burden of Race

    Audio Q&A with American historian Thomas Sugrue

    In his new book, Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race, historian Thomas Sugrue says of the president, "He came of age as part of a generation of African-descended Americans who found opportunities unimagin

  • June 2010

    In My Words and Songs I Will Love

    English professor Charles Bernstein publishes book of selected poems.

    Charles Bernstein, the Donald T. Regan Professor of English, has been publishing poetry for 30 years.