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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.
Historian Mary Frances Berry’s new book looks back to ready readers for the next chapter in American civil rights.B. Davin Stengel
When asked by publishers if she’d be interested in writing a memoir about her years as a member and chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Mary Frances Berry declined. “People are always writing memoirs,” she says, “and sometimes I think it’s pretentious.
Historian Barbara Savage's new book examines tensions between faith and political activism in black churches.Peter Nichols
Growing up in the South, Barbara Savage was born too late to take part in the great movement that delivered the descendants of former slaves to what the Reverend Martin Luther King called the “Promised Land,” the racial equality that was their “rightful place in God's world.”
College of Arts and Sciences students discuss their research projects at the 2008 Family Weekend Research Poster Session.Priya Ratneshwar and Peter Nichols
Undergraduate research experiences take students beyond the classroom and allow them to actively learn how new knowledge is created. From the history of a black synagogue in Philadelphia to the effects of meditation on attention deficit disorder, this past year students in the College of Arts and Sciences have investigated a staggering array of topics.
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