December 5, 2019English Professor J.C. Cloutier’s Book Sheds Light on African American Literature
Jean-Christophe Cloutier, an assistant professor of English at Penn, has written a book that uncovers his discoveries in archives over the past decade and explains his theories on why African American literary collections are often undervalued. “Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature” explores discovered texts and the dynamics of archival practice.
November 26, 2019‘This is Not an Old Story’: Penn Museum Reimagines its African, Central American Galleries with a Modern View
The new African gallery down the hall opens dramatically with a mannequin dressed in a full white skirt of African Kente cloth, topped with a short jacket made of velvet and edged with gold. Fashion designer Breanna Moore and Emerson Ruffin embroidered the skirt with symbols that are carved into the surrounding ancient objects. “We wanted to make it clear: this is not an old story,” said curator Tukufu Zuberi. “This way of using symbols, this way of representation through symbolic logic is not something of the past. It’s also of the present.”
November 26, 2019Rare Earth Minerals Could be Sourced Through Outdated Smartphones, Batteries and Wind Turbines
From smartphones and computer screens to rechargeable batteries and military weapons, rare earth elements with unique magnetic and electronic properties increasingly pervade our modern lives. Renewable energy solutions also rely on them, making these metals even more imperative.
November 26, 2019The Heroines of America’s Black Press
The African-American press of the nineteenth century was a lively, dynamic, insistently visible force for change. First emerging in 1827 with Freedom’s Journal, a New York–based newspaper founded by a group of free black men and edited by journalists Samuel Cornish and John Russworm, the initial pre-Emancipation black-owned papers not only railed against slavery and injustice but served as a vital source of community and education. They spread knowledge about current affairs, literature, and the arts, during a time when simply learning how to read and write in many parts of the country could get a black person killed.
November 21, 201912th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age
In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Hooking Up.