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May 2015 Issue
Visual Studies majors put it all together.Susan Ahlborn
How do we see? It’s a process that requires the physical equipment of our eyes and brain, but that also takes place in our minds. In Penn’s unique visual studies major, students learn about the science of vision, the philosophical considerations of seeing, and the history of how humans have used vision for cultural expression.
History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez examines nighttime filming.Blake Cole
Picture a forest at night. What do you see? It's likely you are remembering a scene from a movie you once watched, says History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez. “When we think of the night we tend to think about movies, which are artificially illuminated, instead of lived experiences,” he says.
Penn undergraduates introduce local high school students to the philosophical study of education.Blake Cole
Penn undergrads watched as their Philadelphia high school mentees schooled onlookers in college-level philosophy on May 9 as part of the “Pedagogy in Practice: Philosophy and Education in Philadelphia” conference—the culmination of a semester of work in Penn’s Philosophy of Education ABCS (Academically Based Community Service) course, designed and taught by Associate Professor of Philosophy Kar
Associate Professor of Political Science Michael Horowitz discusses future weapons systems.Blake Cole
It’s a familiar science-fiction motif: Our robotic creations become self-aware and turn against humanity.
Penn undergraduate named 2015 Society of Chemical Industry Scholar.Rebecca Guenard
This summer Alan Dai, a junior in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) will scale up his research experience to the industrial level. As the recently named Dupont Society of Chemical Industry Scholar, Dai will spend ten weeks at Dupont in Newark, Delaware learning to improve the manufacturing process of agricultural materials.
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