December 10, 2019An Inca Ceremonial Center Recreated in a Digital Landscape
Students use computer graphic technologies to bring historic sites to life as part of a summer research program and fall semester course that unites anthropology and computer science. Computer scientist Norman Badler and archaeologist Clark Erickson collaborate on summer research projects and teach a cross-listed course called Visualizing the Past/Peopling the Past. By working across these two fields, students can see firsthand how technology can help bring historical tales to life while also understanding the importance of anthropological context in effective and accurate storytelling.
December 5, 2019English Professor J.C. Cloutier’s Latest Book Sheds New Light on African American Literature
Jean-Christophe Cloutier sifts through library archives searching for pages written by African American authors that are often hidden, uncatalogued, misfiled, or forgotten. In his new book, “Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature,” Cloutier uncovers his discoveries during the past decade and explains his theories on why African American literary archives are often undervalued. Cloutier is an assistant professor of English at Penn, known for his popular class on comics and graphic novels, which he will be teaching in the spring semester. He is also an archivist, having worked in libraries for years.
December 5, 2019Gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, Include the World’s First Endowed Position in Judaica Digital Humanities.
he University of Pennsylvania Libraries has received a series of gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, including the world’s first endowed position in Judaica digital humanities, totaling $12 million. The Kaplans’ contributions also comprise an in-kind gift of collections of Americana and Early American Judaica, research fellowships, and an endowment for continuing acquisitions.
December 5, 2019Moelis Fellowships Brings African-American and Latinx Students to City Planning
As part of ongoing efforts to support diversity within the Weitzman School of Design, the Department of City and Regional Planning is welcoming the first cohort of Moelis Scholars, a new program open to African American and Latinx students who are thinking about pursuing careers in housing and community and economic development.
December 5, 2019Herman Beavers’ Balancing Act of Creativity and Educational Innovation
A professor of English and Africana studies, Beavers’ scholarly interests and courses focus on 20th-century African American literature and culture, jazz and the blues, and poetry and poetics. A published poet, his love and study of music infuse his works. Beavers’ career is also defined by his commitment to community building, whether it be finding exciting new ways to connect students with local residents, or discussing literature with veterans.