January 12, 2021Composer Tyshawn Sorey Enters a New Phase
On March 6, hardly a week before the pandemic lockdown began, close to a hundred people packed into the Jazz Gallery in New York City to hear a new sextet led by the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The Newark native has long been lauded for his brilliant abstractions. Lately he’s writing about something more concrete. The death of the great jazz pianist McCoy Tyner was announced that day, and as we waited for the band to go on, his 1967 album, “The Real McCoy."
January 12, 2021Penn Student Writes Near Perfect YA Novel with Her Sister, “One of The Good Ones”
Maritza Moulite is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. The 30-year-old Moulite just published her second young-adult novel, One of the Good Ones. Like the first one, it was written with her sister, Maika Moulite, 32, a doctoral student in communications at Howard University. One of the Good Ones tells the story of Kezi Smith, a young activist whose death in police custody after a protest makes national headlines.
January 12, 2021The Art of Translation
Faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences, believe that translation is an art that allows us to communicate across cultural difference. For speakers of multiple languages, the idea that an object and its verbal representation are distinct from one another is no provocation. Multilingual speakers and writers hold these representations, connotations, traditions, and absences in their heads at once.
December 23, 2020Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies, Rahul Mukherjee Reflects on Digital Life
Rahul Mukherjee has been teaching two classes on digital media and its underpinnings: Television and New Media and Mobile Phone Cultures. The class has covered cyber cultures, the internet, social media, misinformation online, the gig economy, global use of mobile phones, and the platforms required. They’ve also talked about the infrastructures needed for cloud computing services, like data centers and optical fiber cables, as well as the energy they require and their environmental footprint.
December 23, 2020Penn Museum Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant
The Penn Museum has been awarded a $750,000, for the renovation of the Egyptian Wing as the Museum shifts into the second phase of its Building Transformation project. “This grant will enable us to re-envision our Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the majesty and ingenuity of ancient Egypt and spark new understanding about the people who lived there long ago,” says Amanda Mitchell-Boyask, co-interim director and executive director of advancement.