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Frontiers - Art

  • June 2015

    60-Second Slam! (Video)

    Featured below is a sample of talks from this year's 60-Second Slam, a annual lecture-off held during Penn's Alumni Weekend. This month's featured lectures include:

     

    Looking at the Police Through Many Eyes
    Ian Skahill, C'15, Urban Studies

  • June 2015

    Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine: Childhood Inequality

    Join us for a look inside our most recent issue of Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine, a biannual collection of stories about our most groundbreaking research and game-changing initiatives. Our cover story features Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences, on "The Consequences of Childhood Inequality."

  • May 2015

    Our Way of Seeing (Video)

    Visual Studies majors put it all together.

    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.

  • May 2015

    New School Philosophy

    Penn undergraduates introduce local high school students to the philosophical study of education.

    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

  • May 2015

    Through a Lens Darkly

    History of Art doctoral student Iggy Cortez examines nighttime filming.

    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.

  • February 2015

    Read Me a Poem

    M.Phil. candidate Chris Mustazza is investigating—and making accessible—a lost archive of poets reading their work.

    What if a poem has to be performed to be truly understood? College of Liberal and Professional Studies master’s student Chris Mustazza has rediscovered and is digitizing an archive of poets including Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, Harriet Monroe, and Vachel Lindsay reading their work, for anyone on the web to hear. 

  • February 2015

    Ants Go Marching (Video)

    Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer discusses the complex behaviors of social insects.

    What can ants teach us about the genetics of social behavior? It’s a question Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer has been investigating in the lab he shares with both his students and his army of specimens. Linksvayer is especially interested in the interplay of social interactions with genetic architecture and trait evolution in social insects such as ants and honey bees.

  • February 2015

    Representing African American Art

    Associate Professor of History of Art Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw looks at color and context.

    This January, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art drew 10,000 visitors in just its first few weeks.

  • October 2014

    Conspicuous by Its Absence

    German professor Catriona MacLeod scrutinizes sculpture in 19th-century German aesthetics.

    Catriona MacLeod acknowledges that German literature and aesthetics seem an unlikely professional focus for a scholar whose first language was Scottish Gaelic. A native of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides Islands and now a professor of German and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Humanities, MacLeod says visits to her mother’s homeland bridged the cultural divide.

  • September 2014

    Music Making

    Doctoral candidate Osei Alleyne follows a musical path across the Atlantic from Africa—and back.

    Ghana is listening to Jamaica. Jamaica is listening to Ghana. And everyone is listening to hip-hop. As a doctoral candidate in anthropology and Africana studies, Osei Alleyne is tracing the trails and transformations of music between Africa and the Atlantic diaspora. He’s found that in choosing what they listen to, people are choosing how to define themselves.