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Historian Joan DeJean's new book reveals the French origins of our comfort-driven lives.B. Davin Stengel
If you’re reading this while seated comfortably, chances are you’re enjoying the benefits of a design revolution that began in France in the 1670s, a period of time Joan DeJean has dubbed “the age of comfort”—also the title of her latest book on French history and culture.
Philosopher Ryan Muldoon discusses how a diversity of perspectives can lead to more just societies.B. Davin Stengel
Recent doctoral graduate Ryan Muldoon chose his dissertation topic partly in response to what he saw as a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and Europe.
Philosopher Susan Schneider's new book examines age-old philosophical puzzles through the lens of science fiction.Priya Ratneshwar
Imagine you inhabit a world, three centuries from now, in which advances in biology and technology allow human beings to ‘upgrade’ their brains to become superintelligent beings. You choose to resist these neural enhancements, but you are conflicted about your decision.
In his new book, Sinologist Victor Mair explores tea's history and its impact on world history.Peter Nichols
“What would the world do without tea?” asked the 19th-century essayist and Anglican clergyman Sidney Smith. The question was rhetorical, expressing his love of tea and its place in English life.
College senior Joshua Bennett mines the richness of spoken word poetry.Priya Ratneshwar
For as long as he can remember, Joshua Bennett, C’10, has been drawn to the art of the spoken word.
Historian Thomas Childers explores the complicated reality of the Greatest Generation's return from World War II.Peter Nichols
Tom Brokaw’s popular book, The Greatest Generation, suggests that survivors among the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II came home and “joined in joyous and short-lived celebrations, then immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted.” The reality historian
English scholar Peter Conn presents a literary history of the American 1930s.Priya Ratnewshwar
A new book by historian Steven Hahn takes up the hidden history of African American politics and the politics of writing history.Peter Nichols
When Steven Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P.
English scholar Wendy Steiner places enduring characters in new conversations at the cusp between opera and musical theater.B. Davin Stengel
On April 1 the Penn Humanities Forum celebrated the close of its 10th anniversary year with the world premiere of an original, sung-through comic opera inspired by Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Described by librettist and Richard L.
Historian Kathleen Brown's new book examines the evolution of body care in early America.B. Davin Stengel
Frequenting the aisles of American drugstores, one becomes accustomed to the seemingly perpetual rollouts of new beauty and hygiene products—from foot creams to pore strips to “highlight-activating” shampoos—all promising to address our many and varied bodily concerns. Compared to even our most recent ancestors, we are a scrubbed and polished people.
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