February 13, 2020Excerpt: Randy Mason on Valuing Traumatic Heritage
In an essay in the newly-published volume Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions (Getty Conservation Institute, 2019), Randall Mason, an associate professor in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, explains how Philadelphia’s iconic Eastern State Penitentiary is both an archive of past events and agent of contemporary social change. Mason co-edited the volume with Erica Avrami, Susan MacDonald, and David Myers.
February 13, 2020Archive of Pioneering Author and Artist Comes to Penn Libraries
The collection of Ashley Bryan’s work includes thousands of pieces of art, correspondence, photos, manuscripts, and books. A small exhibition of his collection is now on display at the Libraries, and a major symposium and exhibition are expected in 2022.
February 13, 2020Penn Today Features “Designs for Different Futures”
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Designs for Different Futures” exhibition, which is up through March 8, includes contributions and installations from several Penn faculty and alumni. The exhibition is organized into 11 sections: Resources, Generations, Earths, Bodies, Intimacies, Foods, Jobs, Cities, Materials, Power, and Data.
February 13, 2020Acclaimed Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Speak at Penn’s 264th Commencement
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the address at the 2020 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 18. “We are honored to bestow our highest degree on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and have her address our graduates at Penn’s 264th Commencement,” said President Amy Gutmann. “Her compelling narratives and absolutely fascinating commentary on complex cultural issues elevate the power of the individual voice.”
February 6, 2020Behind the Scenes: Curators Reflect on ‘Making the Renaissance Manuscript’ and ‘Medieval Life’
Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries opens in the Goldstein Family Gallery on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The exhibit, which runs through May 19, features manuscripts, cuttings, and incunables dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. “The manuscripts presented in this exhibition extend far beyond the rarefied atmosphere of the Renaissance studiolo,” Making the Renaissance Manuscript gives precedent to “everyday” documents over more elaborate texts.