Frontiers - Art

  • December 2015

    Film Transition (Video)

    Peter Decherney, professor of English and cinema studies, documents the challenges associated with making films in a country with an uncertain future.

    Five years ago, if you lived in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and wanted to see a homegrown horror movie or political comedy, you were out of luck. Restrictions on filmmaking were part of a legacy of censorship handed down by the military-run government that had presided over Myanmar for decades.

  • December 2015

    Intelligent Design in the Classroom: Kitzmiller v. Dover, 10 Years Later (Audio)

    In a special podcast, we spoke with professors Michael Weisberg and Paul Sniegowski about their experience with the case—and whether public attitudes on evolution have changed—as well as lead counsel and Penn Law graduate Eric Rothschild and presiding judge John E. Jones III.

    On Dec. 20, 2005, Kitzmiller v.

  • December 2015

    Guantanamera: Healthcare Delivery for Women in Cuba (Video)

    College sophomore Ivana Kohut used a Hassenfeld Social Impact Grant to interview women of all ages in Cuba.

    A Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant let Ivana Kohut, C'18, spend three weeks in Cuba surveying women of all ages.



  • November 2015

    Seeing the Saints—Up Close

    Ph.D. student Liz Lastra’s website lets you virtually visit historic churches in Spain.

    If you’ve ever wanted to visit the many medieval churches in Spain, Liz Lastra’s website, RomanesqueSpain, lets you zoom in until you can see the toes of the carved saints. The digital images are Gigapans, created using photographs—sometimes hundreds—that are stitched together by computer into what are essentially very high-resolution pictures.

  • September 2015

    Becoming Part of the Community in Guatemala

    Ashlin Oglesby-Neal, political science and criminology major, immerses herself in the culture of San Juan La Laguna.

    During her summer as an intern for Ati't Ala', a non-governmental organization working for the sustainable development of the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala, Ashlin Oglesby-Neal, C'16, G'16 was charged with helping to improve the tourism experience.

  • September 2015

    “Straight Outta Compton”: Documenting Through Song

    Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, discusses music biopic "Straight Outta Compton."

    Music biopic Straight Outta Compton, the story of pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A’s genesis in Los Angeles, opened to critical acclaim this past August, nabbing the number one spot at the box office its first weekend. It has gone on to become the highest grossing music biopic of all time. We sat down with the Edmund J. and Louise W.

  • September 2015

    60-Second Lecture: "What Video Games Have Taught Me About Shakespeare" (Video)

    Rebecca Bushnell, School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English, says video games can teach us a lot about what drives character development in theatrical plays.

    In her lecture, What Video Games Have Taught Me About Shakespeare, Rebecca Bushnell, School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English, says video games can teach us a lot about what drives character development in theatrical plays.

  • August 2015

    Theater of the Mind

    Helena von Nagy, C’18, travels to London to study Shakespeare.

    Each summer, starting at the age of four, Helena von Nagy’s parents took her to see a production at the local Shakespeare festival. “The first time I understood a production fully, I was 11, and I was hooked,” says von Nagy, C’18, a Ben Franklin Scholar in the Theatre Arts Program, as well as in international relations.

  • July 2015

    What They Wore

    History of Art doctoral candidate Heather Hughes is using the Dreesmann Fellowship at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to study 17th-century costume prints—and get a head start on curating.

    Before fashion magazines came fashion plates: images of women and men wearing the latest clothing. Before the fashion plates, however, came costume prints—representations of people from around the world and what they wore. It’s as if National Geographic morphed into Cosmopolitan.

  • July 2015

    60-Second Slam! Continued (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:


    Hooked on Taxes: How Politicians Made Corporations Powerful
    Alexander Jerneck, G'15, Sociology