Frontiers - Art

  • June 2010

    Confederate Reckoning

    Historian Stephanie McCurry tells how women and slaves drove old Dixie down.

    When the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union in 1861, its founding fathers reckoned that they could build a nation and fight a war while uniting the Southern population behind their cause. Most of “the people” were not consulted on the wisdom of their project. What the C.S.A.

  • April 2010

    Tommies and Jerries

    Undergraduate Emily Belfer looks at how London theaters represented the enemy over two world wars.

    Senior Emily Belfer was casting about for a meaty topic for her honors thesis in history. She had completed the sequence of honors courses in junior year that prepares students to research and write a substantial, original paper. The subject matter should be something she cared about, she was told—something she would be eager to spend lots of time on.

  • March 2010

    From Salon to Xbox: Chopin, His Audience and Musical Engagement

    A conversation with music historian Jeffrey Kallberg.

    On March 1, the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin. He lived only 39 years, composed almost exclusively smaller works for the piano, rarely performed publicly, yet has remained one of the most popular of the Romantic composers.

  • March 2010

    Security Posture

    Grad student Sarah Dowling's poetry scrutinizes constructs of safety.

    The term "security posture" is used primarily in the world of corporate technology to define the level of risk to which a system or organization is exposed.

  • March 2010

    Ancient Rome and America

    Roman historian Campbell Grey helps curate exhibition exploring America's Roman inheritance.

    When Assistant Professor of Classical Studies Campbell Grey was called on to lend his expertise as a Roman historian to the development of the National Constitution Center's Ancient Rome and America exhibition, he thought,

  • February 2010

    West Philadelphia Story

    College students help develop virtual museum of West Philadelphia history.

    Penn undergraduates have played a vital role in developing a virtual museum of the historic neighborhood that surrounds the Penn campus. The West Philadelphia Community History Center, spearheaded by Walter H.

  • February 2010

    The Deaths of Seneca

    Classical scholar James Ker presents the first comprehensive cultural history of one of antiquity's most studied death scenes.

    It may be true that we only die once, but the death of the famous, especially a classical icon who wrote often and eloquently about death, can be analyzed and interpreted, retold and represented over and over again.

  • February 2010

    Crash! Bang! Reflect

    English professor Nancy Bentley probes the artistic dimensions of shock and awe.

    In September of 1896, more than 40,000 people came to Waco, Texas, to watch a new kind of public entertainment: the full-throttled, head-on collision of two steam locomotives.

  • January 2010

    Textual Spaces

    Undergraduate Brooke Palmieri curates exhibit about the places in which we read.

    Where do we read? And how do those places affect our reading?

  • January 2010

    Ancient Cylinder Seal

    Art historian Holly Pittman analyzes the oldest seal found on the Arabian Peninsula.

    In 2008, a soil-survey team was working on a barren dune field in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On the surface of the sands, at a place that had been recently disturbed by herders and livestock, the surveyors picked up a two-centimeter, minutely inscribed cylinder. No potshards or any other signs of pre-modern habitation were found.