August 11, 2018Renee Andrea Mills, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is Slated to Receive a Penn Medicine CAREs Grant for Art Outreach
Renee Andrea Mills, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, thinks every community needs exposure to art, and outlets for creativity. For 25 years, she has worked toward that goal, creating programs and spaces for children and teens to make art. For her work and dedication, Mills is slated to receive a Penn Medicine CAREs grant, which will fund future art supplies.
August 1, 2018On July 1, Anita Allen Became the First Female African-American President of the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division
In early July, Allen, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, professor of philosophy, and vice provost for faculty, began her three-year term as the first female African-American president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA). Penn Today spoke with Allen about the intersection of philosophy and the law, how the field has changed, and her thoughts on being head of this organization.
August 1, 2018BlackStar Film Festival Brings Dozens of Events to West Philly, August 2-5
The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities, showcasing films by black people from around the world. This year's venues include ICA, Lightbox Film Center, Pearlstein Gallery, and World Cafe Live.
July 31, 2018Penn Libraries is Digitizing and Cataloging Medieval and Early Modern Texts from 15 Philadelphia-area Institutions
The collaborative three-year project, Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis, or BiblioPhilly for short, will digitize 475 European medieval and early modern manuscripts, and additional individual pages from the collections of 15 universities and other Philadelphia-area institutions. The high-resolution images and accompanying analyses will be made available to the public, free of charge, on Penn Libraries’ OPenn database.
July 24, 2018Wharton Features Sachs Award Winning Undergrad Exploring New Ways to Experience Art and Music
Saif Khawaja, W’21 — hopeful Physics & Astronomy major and musician-at-heart — dislikes formalities. He’s more comfortable with challenging convention: his upcoming student engagement project, for example, is blurring distinctions between hard science, the arts, and how people typically experience creative works.
July 16, 2018Exhibit Catalog to Peer Inside Fantastical Mind of Penn Artist
The catalog, one of 23 projects funded by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation in April, is conceived by Paul Swenbeck, who began working with the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1995. “Out, Out, Phosphene Candle,” on which the catalog will be based, is a mesmerizing exhibit by Swenbeck and his wife, painter Joy Feasley, currently on view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
July 13, 2018Penn Medicine Launches Neuroaesthetics Research Center
Penn Medicine announced in June the launch of a new Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, the nation's first research hub dedicated to the intersection of neurobiology and aesthetics.
July 12, 2018Kathleen Brown Discusses the Penn Slavery Project on Radio Times
With guests Kathleen Brown, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and Kenyatta Johnson, Radio Times looks into the history of slavery at Penn and in Philadelphia and discuss how to best address that history today.
July 12, 2018Hack4Impact is Developing Web-based Applications to Help Nonprofits
A creative and dedicated cadre of 30 Penn students spends 5 to 15 unpaid hours weekly developing web-based applications that help nonprofits access, share and analyze complicated, changing data sets. Choosing from dozens of nonprofit applications, they select five coding projects each semester, prioritizing opportunities to create broadly useful, replicable programs for nonprofits whose missions they are passionate about advancing.
July 12, 2018Erin Connelly, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Libraries Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, is Analyzing Stains in Medieval and Early Modern Books
Connelly, a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Libraries Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, is part of a national team of researchers who for the past year analyzed stains they found on parchment, paper, and bindings in medieval and early modern books. They gathered scientific data on 40 medieval manuscripts from five institutions, using the innovative approach of high-tech scanning.