Frontiers - Art

  • 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.

  • June 2010

    Confederate Reckoning

    Historian Stephanie McCurry tells how women and slaves drove old Dixie down.

    When the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union in 1861, its founding fathers reckoned that they could build a nation and fight a war while uniting the Southern population behind their cause. Most of “the people” were not consulted on the wisdom of their project. What the C.S.A.

  • April 2010

    Tommies and Jerries

    Undergraduate Emily Belfer looks at how London theaters represented the enemy over two world wars.

    Senior Emily Belfer was casting about for a meaty topic for her honors thesis in history. She had completed the sequence of honors courses in junior year that prepares students to research and write a substantial, original paper. The subject matter should be something she cared about, she was told—something she would be eager to spend lots of time on.

  • March 2010

    From Salon to Xbox: Chopin, His Audience and Musical Engagement

    A conversation with music historian Jeffrey Kallberg.

    On March 1, the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin. He lived only 39 years, composed almost exclusively smaller works for the piano, rarely performed publicly, yet has remained one of the most popular of the Romantic composers.

  • March 2010

    Security Posture

    Grad student Sarah Dowling's poetry scrutinizes constructs of safety.

    The term "security posture" is used primarily in the world of corporate technology to define the level of risk to which a system or organization is exposed.