February 13, 2019Pint-size philosophers
By engaging with Philadelphia elementary students and high school teachers, Penn professor Karen Detlefsen is opening young minds to a new kind of philosophical thinking.
February 11, 2019PennDesign Partners with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the School of Design has entered into a five-year collaborative research agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to assist in activities leading to the study and preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West. The partnership will allow students and faculty to engage in graduate studios, internships, seminars, and theses on topics related to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
February 11, 2019And the Oscar goes to…a Penn sophomore?
Claire Sliney is an executive producer of the 26-minute film “Period. End of Sentence.” It’s one of five nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category. Netflix has picked up the film, to be released in mid-February, about the stigma of menstruation for girls in India and the efforts of a nonprofit Sliney co-founded in high school to address the issue and raise awareness.
February 6, 2019PPEH Announces 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Roderick Coover
PPEH has announced visual artist Roderick Coover as their 2019 PPEH Mellon Artist-in-Residence. Coover’s residency includes collaborative research on the waters of the Delaware Bay and along the shores of the Thames estuary, the North Sea, and English Channel for The Altering Shores, a long-term collaborative transmedia project engaging questions of sea-level rise. Public screenings and showings of his work are planned at Penn and in other locations in Philadelphia, and workshops on environmental storytelling will be offered on sonic and visual research methods.
January 28, 2019Through Comics, Profs Draw Path to Visual Literacy
In Making Comics, an English course for undergraduates, students learn the theory of comic books while working with others to make them—all in the name of visual literacy.
January 25, 2019Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Wins 2019 Bollingen Prize
Charles Bernstein has won the 2019 Bollingen Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Established in 1948 and awarded every two years, the Bollingen Prize is administered by the Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale University’s Beinecke Library and recognizes either the best poetry book of the previous two years or a poet’s lifetime achievement.
January 24, 2019The 2019 Monument Lab National Fellows are Announced
Monument Lab has announced its inaugural cohort of fellows. Chosen through a national open call, these civic practitioners and youth fellows confront the inequity and injustice in our nation’s monuments and provide bold, creative approaches to public art, history, and memory. The Penn's Museum's Public Programs Developer, Arielle Brown, is among the eight individuals and groups selected.
January 18, 2019Collaboration Between Artist-in-Residence Mike Tanis and Physicist Randall Kamien
“Having an artist-in-residence is totally mind-blowing,” says Kamien, the Vicki and William Abrams Professor in the Natural Sciences. “It’s like when I play chess. I know all the rules, and in principle, I could figure out what you’re going to do, but I’m not very good at chess. Then there are the chess geniuses who can see deep into the game. Mike is like that. Mike takes the rules—the same rules that everybody knows for kirigami, just like everybody knows the rules for chess—and he then turns them into something so much bigger, so much more intricate than what we could possibly have imagined.”
January 18, 2019Renovations Completed at Kelly Writers House to Expand its Premier Arts Cafe
The most prominent and frequently used space in Writers House is the front parlor known as the Arts Cafe, where many readings and public events are staged. Beginning last summer and continuing through December 2018, the Arts Cafe has been revitalized and expanded to make it more usable and technologically friendly.
January 2, 2019The Sachs Program’s First Round of Grantmaking is Mentioned in the Artblog’s 2018 Liberta Awards
Every year the Artblog, an independent online publication about art and culture (with a focus on the Philadelphia region) produces a curated list of notable people, groups, books, and other art world stuff from the outgoing year. They released The 2018 Liberta Awards on December 27th and, amongst their "Other Notable Goings On," they included The Sachs Program's first round of grantmaking. We're thrilled! Thanks, Artblog!