April 1, 2020The Annenberg School Welcomes 6 New Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows
Earlier this semester, the Annenberg School announced six new visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, including filmmakers Amitanshu Das and Maori Karmael Holmes. These scholars will research alongside and collaborate with Annenberg faculty, staff, and students for anywhere from one semester to several years.
March 30, 2020Paul Farber on How the Coronavirus Has Impacted Philly’s Arts Community
The Philadelphia Inquirer published an Opinion piece by Weitzman School of Design Senior Research Scholar Paul Farber. Farber discusses the significant impact the pandemic has had on Philly's arts sector and the various ways in which elected officials, regional philanthropic organizations, and residents can make a difference in the weeks and months to come. As Farber notes, "recovery cannot wait."
March 27, 2020Penn Nursing Shares COVID-19 Design Challenges, Including Code Life Ventilator Challenge
With potentially 70% of the population on the brink of being infected by COVID-19, our worldwide health care systems will be strained beyond their limits. Even now, there aren't enough ventilators to save everyone who needs respiratory support, and doctors are having to make agonizing decisions about who to save. Our modern world provides the means to produce these life-saving ventilators thanks to widespread rapid manufacturing tools—3D printers, CNC machines— combined with low-cost computers (i.e. smartphones, Arduinos, etc.), but what we're missing is a design. We need YOU to design a simple, maintainable, easy-to-manufacture ventilator to provide life support to COVID patients anywhere in the world.
March 27, 2020COVID-19 Resources for our Community
This week, we decided to focus our newsletter on assistance: many ways that you can both seek and provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. We will feature more online arts content in future issues. But, for right now, we think that the focus should be on help and how we can individually and collectively maintain health and hope.
March 23, 2020A Daily Report on How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Art World
As international governments take increased precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, museums, fairs, and festivals are facing closures and delays. From museums and galleries to theaters and concert venues, it’s an unavoidable fact that some of the most moving experiences of art often involve being in crowded spaces. COVID-19, labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization, has thus posed a special challenge to art institutions around the world, and their efforts to contain its spread are impressive. Here’s our latest on the coronavirus’ effect on the arts, updated daily.