May 24, 2019The Summer Reading List: Book Recommendations from Penn faculty and staff
To help highlight some potential reads for the Penn community this summer, 18 Penn faculty and staff members share their recommendations for what to read this summer—everything from essay and poetry collections to an autobiographical book of life advice from Agatha Christie.
May 24, 2019National Portrait Gallery Announces Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw as New Director of History, Research and Scholarship / Senior Historian
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has appointed Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, undergraduate chair and associate professor of history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, as the museum’s new director of history, research and scholarship / senior historian. Shaw will work with the History, Curatorial, and Audience Engagement departments to strengthen the museum’s scholarly programs and be a thought leader on the connections between portraiture, biography and identity in America. Shaw is the first woman to hold this senior position at the National Portrait Gallery.
May 24, 2019Alumni Spotlight: Cecilia Corrigan
Erin O'Malley, Communications and Engagement Associate for The Sachs Program, recently interviewed writer and performer Cecilia Corrigan (C' 2010). This is a feature in a series The Sachs Program is developing around alumni and their work in the arts.
May 14, 2019Graham Foundation Grantees Include a PennDesign Faculty Member and an Alumna
In 2019, the Graham Foundation awarded $462,800 to 64 projects by individuals, including two members of the Weitzman School of Design community. Zhongjie Lin, associate professor of city and regional planning, was awarded a grant for his forthcoming book Constructing Utopias: China’s Emerging New Town Movement. Alumna Jessica Vaughn (MFA’11) was awarded a grant for "Office Architecture and Invisible Bodies," a project through which she'll explore the slippage and messiness of how material and physical structures can and do shape our reading of space, compliance and architecture.
May 10, 2019Musical Merger of Academics and Performance
Taught by Jamuna Samuel, Music 236, an academic/performance hybrid course, focuses on the music of one composer and incorporates history and analysis. This semester the focus was on the instrumental chamber music of Franz Schubert. Working with music professor Anna Weesner, Samuel created the course, inspired by a class she took when she was a student at Yale University, with an emphasis on developing the collaborative aspect.