Frontiers - Art

  • November 2013

    Woven into History (Video)

    Senior Olivia Rutigliano takes Shakespearean costume study into her own hands.

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  • October 2013

    Audio/Video: A Little Penn Music

    Graduate student composers share their work.

    Doctoral students in composition in Penn’s Department of Music are trained in the craft of composition, contemporary repertory, and theory and analysis. A portfolio of original works is one of the central requirements of the Master's degree, and a major composition serves as the dissertation at the doctoral level.

  • October 2013


    John Tresch describes Edgar Allan Poe, writer—and engineer.

    Edgar Allan Poe is remembered by most as a writer of ghostly, ghastly masterpieces, most of all “The Raven.” The poem was his breakout hit, so popular that he went on a “Raven” tour, reading the poem aloud and then explaining how he had written it, as a kind of “Making of…” feature for the crowd.

  • October 2013

    A Teachable Moment

    Michael Katz surveys public education reform.

    An approval poll pitting the welfare system against the public education system would likely favor the latter in a landslide; but, historically, says Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, the two systems were philosophically a match.

  • October 2013

    Violence and Humanities

    The 2013-14 Penn Humanities Forum examines themes of violence.

    In 1949, German sociologist, philosopher, and musicologist Theodor Adorno said that to write poetry after Auschwitz would be barbaric.

  • August 2013

    Making Humanity

    Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy Gary Hatfield and Bok Family Professor in the Humanities Holly Pittman look at how humans make stuff, and how making stuff made us human.

    The brain and the mind are not the same thing, and we don’t yet know how the biologic processes of the brain turn into the way we actually experience our lives.

  • August 2013

    An Original Source

    Nicole Williams and John Baranik are learning about music, business, and how to trash talk 1800s-style.

    “Basically, he was talking trash on his competition,” says John Baranik, C’16, about 19th century Philadelphia music publisher Allyn Bacon. In a letter about a rival’s lower price, Bacon managed to insult two of his competitors in one sentence, saying, “I do not know how his Music looks generally; if it is as bad as Willig’s, he may be glad to get half price.”

  • July 2013

    "Dear Class of 2017..."

    Students from the Class of 2016 offer their advice to incoming freshmen.

    We asked members of the Class of 2016 if they had any advice for incoming freshmen. In the video below, hear why Penn's newest students should get out and explore Philadelphia, take classes outside of their comfort zones, and toss out any preconceived notions of what a typical Penn student is like.

  • June 2013

    The Wail of the Voice!

    The Department of Music presents an annual concert celebrating music composition at Penn.

    In 1971 Penn faculty composer George Crumb wrote Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for three masked players: electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano. The piece has become a classic of 20th century music.

  • May 2013

    Is Cinema Dead? Define Dead. And While You’re at It, Define Cinema.

    Scholars, critics, and industry professionals gather at a Penn conference to discuss new crossroads for cinema and cinema studies.

    Meta Mazaj, senior lecturer in Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, acknowledges that the film community as a whole tends perhaps more than a little toward anxious self-reflection.