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Doctoral student Beth Blum examines a new take on the self-help genre.Blake Cole
You’ll find it near the back of most bookstores: the section promising to cure your blues or, if you’re already of the sunny disposition, help you craft a gourmet meal. Self-help books claim to offer up solutions to even the most obscure problems...
Film expert Karen Beckman helps bring animation to the forefront of cinema studies.Blake Cole
"I’m particularly interested in contemporary artists who have decided to use animation as a vehicle through which to respond to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a practice that I think is a real departure from the kind of responses that we saw to the Vietnam War, and even to the first Gulf War, where artists tended to use a lot more documentary photographic images and video footage."
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. echoes the past in his latest musical projects.Rachel Witte
February has been a busy month for Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
Paul Hendrickson explores Ernest Hemingway’s softer side.Blake Cole
If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be? For those so literarily inclined, Ernest Hemingway would likely be a common choice.
Peter Decherney, Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies, asks whether Congressional copyright law stifles the Arts.Opinion by Peter Decherney
In 1994’s Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), Congress restored the copyrights of potentially millions of non-U.S. works that had fallen into the public domain. Some of these works are by well-known artists, authors, and composers, including Picasso, Virginia Woolf, and Shostakovich. The majority, however, are by obscure and even amateur creators.
Religious studies professor Jamal Elias explores the culture of truck decoration in Pakistan.Priya Ratneshwar
New Penn Humanities Forum programming explores the topic of adaptation.Priya Ratneshwar
A century-and-a-half ago, Charles Darwin established adaptation as the central focus of evolutionary biology. But for contemporary scholars, says James English, Professor of English, the concept’s relevance extends far beyond the sciences.
Grad student Jason Zuzga explores how art and science come together in molecular animations.Priya Ratneshwar
Although they portray the wild, blockbuster nature documentaries such as March of the Penguins and Planet Earth rely heavily on techniques of craft. These can range from attributing human characteristics to “charismatic megafauna” (attractive animals with popular appeal, like panda bears and elephants) to the use of emotive soundtracks.
Toni Bowers follows historical literary heroines’ battles with seduction.Blake Cole
Often when we think of classic stories involving a heroine dealing with issues of courtship and seduction, characters like the beloved Elizabeth Bennet come to mind—a woman who learns to appreciate a worthy man and ultimately marries for love.
Jennifer Kyker transforms her love of Zimbabwean music into international outreach.Blake Cole
Not many elementary school assemblies receive rave reviews from students. But this was exactly where Jennifer Kyker first experienced the Zimbabwean music that would forever shape her life. Kyker, who this spring completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, was smitten.
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