May 18, 2020Sarah J. Jackson and Duncan Watts Awarded 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellowships
Now in its sixth year, the goal of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is to support high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. The selected projects focus on a broad range of complex political, economic, technological, humanistic, and sociological matters.
May 18, 2020The Unique Subculture of Cuban Punk
Torre Pérez, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts & Sciences, explores social history of Cuban punk. She built a website as part of her dissertation process, this is the first digital archive dedicated to Cuban punk, Torre Pérez says. The website includes filmed videos and interviews, as well as a band directory and map. Each band is pinpointed on the map, with a color-coding system to note its status.
May 18, 2020Personal Documentaries Replace Performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Project course at Penn, offered only every two years for about a half-dozen students chosen by the Theatre Arts faculty. They produce a one-act play, working in conjunction with a professional director and travel to Scotland to perform in the famous Festival Fringe in August. This year the focus shifted from what would have been the start of rigorous rehearsals together. Ferguson instead asked the students to find material from the novel and play and use it to create short videos each week that reflected their own transformations in this time of crisis, from their perspectives during the global coronavirus pandemic.
May 11, 2020Professor of Music James Primosch Receives 2020 Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music
The Virgil Thomson Foundation, recognizes an American composer of vocal works. James Primosch is a Penn professor and also active as a pianist. His latest music releases include, "Carthage" a survey of his choral music by two-time Grammy-winners "The Crossing," and "Descent/Return," which features five of his songs.
May 11, 2020Junior Paul Lin Named a 2020 Udall Scholar
The Udall Foundation, which awards scholarships of as much as $7,000 each to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. He is especially interested in the development of geospatial technologies for the study of vegetation and land-cover changes. Lin hopes to pursue a career in the defense sector and to research the implications of climate change on national security.