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English scholar Wendy Steiner places enduring characters in new conversations at the cusp between opera and musical theater.B. Davin Stengel
On April 1 the Penn Humanities Forum celebrated the close of its 10th anniversary year with the world premiere of an original, sung-through comic opera inspired by Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Described by librettist and Richard L.
Historian Kathleen Brown's new book examines the evolution of body care in early America.B. Davin Stengel
Frequenting the aisles of American drugstores, one becomes accustomed to the seemingly perpetual rollouts of new beauty and hygiene products—from foot creams to pore strips to “highlight-activating” shampoos—all promising to address our many and varied bodily concerns. Compared to even our most recent ancestors, we are a scrubbed and polished people.
Historian Mary Frances Berry’s new book looks back to ready readers for the next chapter in American civil rights.B. Davin Stengel
When asked by publishers if she’d be interested in writing a memoir about her years as a member and chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Mary Frances Berry declined. “People are always writing memoirs,” she says, “and sometimes I think it’s pretentious.
Historian Barbara Savage's new book examines tensions between faith and political activism in black churches.Peter Nichols
Growing up in the South, Barbara Savage was born too late to take part in the great movement that delivered the descendants of former slaves to what the Reverend Martin Luther King called the “Promised Land,” the racial equality that was their “rightful place in God's world.”
College of Arts and Sciences students discuss their research projects at the 2008 Family Weekend Research Poster Session.Priya Ratneshwar and Peter Nichols
Undergraduate research experiences take students beyond the classroom and allow them to actively learn how new knowledge is created. From the history of a black synagogue in Philadelphia to the effects of meditation on attention deficit disorder, this past year students in the College of Arts and Sciences have investigated a staggering array of topics.
Graduate student Stephan Zink sees history rising from the ruins.B. Davin Stengel
Stephan Zink has spent the past four summers conducting fieldwork on-site at what remains of the Temple of Apollo on Rome’s Palatine Hill.
Grad student Roger Turner explores the surprising connection between comic books, military training and the TV weather report.Loraine Terrell
While researching aviation’s role in the history of meteorology, doctoral student Roger Turner uncovered a surprising connection between comic books, military training and the television weather report.
School of Arts and Sciences Dean Rebecca Bushnell’s new book reinvigorates a classic genre for today’s readers.Staff
In this season of film and television awards shows, critics and audiences usually devote the greatest effort to appraising the most serious dramatic offerings.
Images inspire essays in Paul Hendrickson’s creative writing courseMolly Johnsen
It's only a deceiving photograph if you don't look hard enough.
Heather Love reclaims the darker aspects of queer history.Staff
Since she was a child, Heather Love, M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities, depended on reading to be more than just a hobby.
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