Frontiers - Art

  • June 2009

    Troubled Homecoming

    Historian Thomas Childers explores the complicated reality of the Greatest Generation's return from World War II.

    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

  • June 2009

    Post-Crash Poetry and Prose

    English scholar Peter Conn presents a literary history of the American 1930s.

    A new book by Peter Conn, Professor of English, argues against the assumption that the Depression decade was characterized culturally by leftist politics and aesthetics.

  • May 2009

    Political Underground Railroad

    A new book by historian Steven Hahn takes up the hidden history of African American politics and the politics of writing history.

    When Steven Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P.

  • April 2009

    Loathly Lady Live

    English scholar Wendy Steiner places enduring characters in new conversations at the cusp between opera and musical theater.

    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.

  • March 2009

    When We Were Gross

    Historian Kathleen Brown's new book examines the evolution of body care in early America.

    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.

  • February 2009

    Commission Work

    Historian Mary Frances Berry’s new book looks back to ready readers for the next chapter in American civil rights.

    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.

  • December 2008

    The Politics of Black Religion

    Historian Barbara Savage's new book examines tensions between faith and political activism in black churches.

    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.”

  • December 2008

    Beyond the Classroom

    College of Arts and Sciences students discuss their research projects at the 2008 Family Weekend Research Poster Session.

    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.

  • October 2008

    Reconstructing a Roman Temple

    Graduate student Stephan Zink sees history rising from the ruins.

    Stephan Zink has spent the past four summers conducting fieldwork on-site at what remains of the Temple of Apollo on Rome’s Palatine Hill.

  • July 2008

    In ‘Toon with the Weather

    Grad student Roger Turner explores the surprising connection between comic books, military training and the TV weather report.

    While researching aviation’s role in the history of meteorology, doctoral student Roger Turner uncovered a surprising connection between comic books, military training and the television weather report.