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  • 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

  • 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.