January 16, 2020“I Have A Dream…” Martin Luther King Jr. 1963 Archived Dream Speech
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames o[ withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later the Negro still is not free..." (Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.)
January 16, 2020History on How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Become a Federal Holiday?
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Christian minister and important leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor this civil rights hero. Let us not forget his dream and continue to stand and work towards equality and justice for all.
January 14, 2020Ken Lum Wins Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize
Many congratulations are in order for the the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Ken Lum. The 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Born in Vancouver, Lum is a multidisciplinary artist known for his conceptual and representational work in painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his practice, Lum draws attention to issues of identity in relation to language, portraiture, and spatial politics.
January 2, 2020In Memoriam: Penn Remembers Artists of the World Who Passed in 2019
Penn’s faculty and staff reflect on the giants who left us in 2019. Ones who inspired, who gifted us a better world in their wake, and left footprints that tides won’t easily wash over. Remembered here are artists of the world, like Toni Morrison, and doctors like Eli Glatstein, formerly the Morton M. Kligerman Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Below, recollections of their lives and contributions.
January 2, 2020Drops of Liquid Crystal Molecules Branch Out into Strange Structures
A new study in Nature details this “weird” finding by showing how droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops. Conducted by Wei, graduate student Sophie Ettinger, Ph.D. alum Yu Xia, Shu Yang, and Arjun Yodh, this unexpected discovery provides new understanding about how molecular polydispersity—a condition where the lengths of liquid crystal molecules vary widely—can drive simple droplets to change into unusual shapes.